Clarkston Community Schools

Clarkston Community Schools in collaboration with the University of Michigan-Flint is proud to announce the Clarkston Early College, unique opportunity for Clarkston and Brandon students to earn college credits while enrolled at their high schools for a fraction of the cost of traditional college tuition

Program Overview

College courses during grades 11th and 12th will focus on general education requirements.  The courses selected will build a strong foundation and skill set (writing, problem solving, logic and communication) to best prepare students for their university experience.

During junior and senior year, UM-Flint college courses will be taught at Clarkston High School by UM-Flint professors. In the 13th grade of the Early College students will transition to the UM-Flint campus to participate in a wide array of college courses specific to their desired degree.

Students may select courses geared toward a specific degree during their 13th year of the Clarkston Early College program.

Program Qualifications

Selected high-ability, highly motivated Clarkston and Brandon students will be eligible to enroll in the Clarkston Early College program. A selection process and criteria will be developed by the school district in cooperation with UM-Flint.               

The University of Michigan-Flint has established the following general expectations for DEEP program enrollees:

  • An overall grade point average of 3.0+
  • An interest in post-secondary study in the appropriate professional field
  • The ability and motivation to undertake successfully the rigor of college-level coursework
  • A favorable recommendation from the school principal or counselor addressing the strength of the applicant’s preparation in a college preparatory high school curriculum, including successful completion of 2+ years of HS English with strong writing skills, and other similar characteristics

Year 1 (12 Credits)

COM 200, Introduction to Human Communication, 3 credits – Social Science. Introduction to the discipline of Human Communication, touching on all skills and objectives of the Communication Program. Students gain tools needed to become competent communicators and to critically evaluate the communication messages of others.

HIS 114, Twentieth Century World History, 3 credits – Social Science. Survey of cultural, social, intellectual, economic, and political developments in the twentieth-century world. Special attention devoted to imperialism, war and violence, decolonization in the developing world, and the process and effects of globalization. Also listed as INT 114.

COM 210, Intro to Public Speaking, 3 credits - Humanities. Students prepare and deliver public speeches, developing skills of organization, research and delivery while engaging important public issues. Students develop appreciation for ethical methods to approach diverse audiences and become more comfortable speaking in public and better equipped to use speech as a tool to execute change. 

AFA 101, Intro to Africana Studies, 3 credits – Social Science/US Diversity. Interdisciplinary examination of the Africana (African and African Diaspora) experience; trends, issues and forces that have shaped it. The dispersion of persons of African descent throughout the world, and the important roles they have played in the advancement of civilization.

Year 2 (13 Credits)

HCR 206, Health Sciences Applications, 2 credits. Introduction to a wide range of topics in health science with demonstrations of how basic scientific concepts can be applied to solving problems in the field. Hypothetical thought experiments stimulate students’ interest in pursuing health careers.

BIO 113, Principles of Biology, 4 credits – Natural Sciences with Lab. Introduction to the basic principles of biology relating to cell structure and function, cell reproduction, and mechanisms underlying patterns of inheritance, ecology and evolution, emphasizing guided discovery and critical thinking.

PHL 202, Intro to Logic, 3 credits – Humanities. Study of reasoning with emphasis on features that distinguish good (or valid) reasoning from bad (or invalid) reasoning. Examination of ways of evaluating deductive reasoning with focus on techniques of formal, symbolic logic. May also include informal logic and fallacies. Beginning level class, no previous expertise required. Graded ABCDD-N.

BIO 328, Genetics, 4 credits.  Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BIO 113Principles of inheritance from molecular through population levels. Gene action, cytoplasmic inheritance, parthenogenesis, mutation, and homeostasis.

Application and Submission Deadline

DEEP applications are available in your high school guidance office. You may also download a copy of the application.

In order to receive full consideration, the application must be completed, signed (parent and student signature required), dated and submitted with updated high school transcripts to your high school guidance office