Mentor Recruitment

What is Early College?
The R.E.A.L. Early College High School is a collaboration between the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District and John Carroll University. During their first two years of high school, students take accelerated courses in science, social studies, math and English. If they achieve mastery, students can qualify to attend John Carroll University during their second two years of high school to earn both high school and college credit.

Why become a Mentor?
-Share your knowledge and experience
-Make a difference in a person’s life
-Improve leadership and communication skills

Goals of the Mentoring Program:
To create and develop relationships between the students in the REAL Early College Program at Cleveland Heights High School with John Carroll University for the purpose of:
1) Enriching the educational experience of REAL Early College students and John Carroll students;
2) Introducing REAL Early College students to John Carroll University and college life;
3) Providing REAL Early College students mentors who will support students’ participation in a challenging and rigorous academic program
4) Supporting REAL Early College students taking courses on the John Carroll campus

Time Commitment
Students are required to participate in a training in the spring prior to the academic year in which they will mentor. Training will combine 3 in person sessions and some online training. Mentors will then be matched with an Early College student and begin mentoring responsibilities the following fall. Mentors are required to meet with their mentee for a minimum of 20 minutes per week during the academic year they are committed. Mentors can also expect between 1-2 other meetings or group activities each semester to help build community among mentors and mentees. This commitment also includes email and phone communication in order to provide well rounded support of the Early College Student. Mentor-mentee meetings are coordinated on an individual basis based on availability of both individuals. Mentors should plan on being involved with the program for a minimum of a full academic year.

Application Requirements:
1) Completed Mentor Application form
2) Letter of Recommendation- Due at time of interview
3) Interview with Coordinator
4) Background Check-Completed after approved as mentor
5) Screening through National Sex Offender Registry (Done by coordinator)

Applications due February 26, 2016


JCU Basketball Game

On Saturday, January 16th, about twenty Early College students, ranging from freshmen to seniors, and several Heights teachers, attended the John Carroll men’s basketball game against Mount Union.
Pizza was served beforehand and then the group walked over to the basketball game.  The John Carroll Athletic Department provided the tickets and the Early College group was announced at halftime. Students played a round of “knockout” and the winners from each hoop received gift cards.

Thank you to all who participated!