Update on our Students


We are pleased to announce that we have selected the new mentors for next year! Eight undergraduate students were chosen to become mentors and a three session training process begins this week. We also have several current mentors who wish to return next year and we are excited to have them back.

Early College Sophomores

The Early College sophomores are finishing and submitting research projects for John Carroll’s Celebration of Scholarship. During their sophomore year, students in the R.E.A.L. Early College Program are required to complete a comprehensive research project. The students work with a faculty mentor at the high school, and have multiple opportunities to learn about research at and work with John Carroll staff. Last year’s sophomores were our first class to participate in Celebration of Scholarship and they did a tremendous job interacting with faculty and presenting in a professional manner and we are glad to have a second group of students coming to the event.We look forward to having them on campus in a few short weeks.


The juniors, who are matched with an undergraduate mentor, have learned about balancing their college and high school responsibilities. They are in discussions with advisors and their mentors about what classes they plan on taking next fall, and we have been impressed by their goals and openness to new experiences.


Our seniors are busily immersed in campus life, many of them taking a full-time student course load at John Carroll, and making their college decisions. We are so proud of their growth during their time taking courses at John Carroll, and wish them the best with their post-graduation plans!


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!

Jesuit Day of Service

On Saturday, April 25th, the Early College Mentoring Program took part in Jesuit Day of Service. It is a community outreach day sponsored by John Carroll in conjunction with ten other Northeast Ohio institutions. The event offered the opportunity for relationship building within the Cleveland community and allowed Early College students to experience the service element of being a John Carroll student. Our group worked at the senior garden at Fatima Community Center, weeding and putting down topsoil in several flowerbeds to get them ready for planting as well as spreading mulch in other areas of the center.

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A Successful Evening of Scholarship

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Last Monday, sophomore Early College students presented their Gateway projects at John Carroll University’s annual Celebration of Scholarship. The students did a tremendous job interacting with faculty and were well-received by the community, presenting themselves in an articulate and professional manner. We are so proud of their hard work and excited about what they accomplished.

Mentor Interviews

We are pleased to announce that beginning this past Monday, March 16th, and finishing next Friday, March 27th, the R.E.A.L. Early College Mentoring staff is interviewing undergraduate mentoring candidates for next year. Applicants can expect to hear the results next Friday evening, March 27th, or Saturday morning, March 28th.

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It was great having the sophomores from Cleveland Heights University Heights High School come to Graselli Library at John Carroll University to work on their research gateway projects for Celebration of Scholarship. The students worked with their teachers and library staff to find resources and narrow their topics.

Library Research Day

On Monday, March 2nd, sophomores in the R.E.A.L. Early College Program will be coming to John Carroll to work on research at Graselli Library for Celebration of Scholarship. They will be learning how to navigate a college library while gathering valuable information for their research projects.