KCSD - NKU Young Scholars Academy

Last Updated: 4/15/2020 1:20 PM

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Northern Kentucky University (NKU) and Kenton County School District (KCSD) are in alignment in their aspirations to be nationally recognized for being a student-ready and regionally engaged partnership that empowers diverse learners for economic and social mobility. To support student success, the Young Scholars Academy will ensure students have a clear path to their educational experience through an early college program. Research indicates that high school students enrolled in early colleges were significantly more likely to graduate from high school, enroll in college and complete a 4-year degree. This approach will be a model for the region, the Commonwealth and the country as an innovative partnership between P-12 and post-secondary institutions to benefit students.


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  1. Provide innovative and/or expanded educational opportunities for a wide range of students.
  2. Promote school integration.
  3. Offer a thematic approach to education that aligns with market needs and provides real-world applications.
  4. Afford students with personal coaching for success.
  5. Equip students with the knowledge and skills deemed essential for educational success.
  6. Prepare students to possess the set of skills and knowledge that allow them to make informed decisions with all their financial resources.
  7. Emerge as the partnership leader in the region, the Commonwealth and the country as an innovative partnership between P-12 and post-secondary institutions to benefit students
  8. Deliver the opportunity for students to complete a baccalaureate degree at NKU with an additional two years of study, post-early college curriculum.

The KCSD and NKU enter into a collaboration to accelerate the learning of KCSD students who are academically and socially ready for the collegiate experience.  Descriptors of the partnership are listed below:  



  • Participants will be enrolled as full-time students at their local high school but will attend NKU’s Highland Heights campus for credit-bearing courses. • KCSD will annually enroll up to 100 juniors and 100 seniors.
  • NKU will provide a designated location on its Highland Heights campus, where KCSD students will be able to convene and receive additional coaching/guidance.
  • KCSD will place a full-time College Coach at NKU to work collaboratively with designated university staff to promote success for all students. • Students will enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours as determined by the course sequence within this document.
  • KCSD will provide transportation to/from NKU’s Highland Heights campus.
  • It should be noted that if KCSD schools are closed due to inclement weather, transportation to NKU will not be provided. If the student does not utilize KCSD transportation, the cost of this and parking at NKU is the student’s responsibility. Parking for NKU/KCSD Young Scholars Academy students at NKU will be $37 per semester ($74 per year).
  • NKU/KCSD Young Scholars Academy students will follow the university’s academic schedule. The NKU/ KCSD Young Scholars Academy will be governed by the federal and state laws and regulations, NKU and KCSD policies and procedures.
  • Students will be able to participate in co/ extracurricular activities at their home high school.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided by KCSD per applicable state guidelines in accordance with NKU’s food service requirements.
  • Tuition and the cost of required textbooks will be the responsibility of the student.
  • KCSD needs-based tuition scholarships may be available.
  • Students must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA and adhere to NKU’s Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Participants will be required to obtain an NKU ID (All Card). There is no initial charge. Replacements for lost cards are $10 and are the responsibility of the student.