Downey, Calif. - February 24, 2022 – This fall, St. Pius X - St. Matthias Academy (PMA) will join Cerritos College’s Early College program as the first private high school to build a four-year dual enrollment pathway. The incoming freshman class at PMA will get a head start on their college coursework. Students who complete the program can shorten their time in college and save on tuition costs up to $30,000. Students can also earn an associate degree by taking additional Cerritos College classes. The Early College program positions students for success after graduation by distinguishing them among their peers when applying for college admission and provides significant future cost savings.
Early College provides high school students the opportunity to earn a minimum of 46 UC/CSU transferrable units. Students who finish the entire program will earn a high school diploma while also completing the entire Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC). This is a series of courses that can be used to meet many of the freshman/sophomore level general education requirements at CSU, UC, and independent campuses. Cerritos College tuition is waived for the program.
“We are thrilled to have PMA in our Early College program. The program introduces high school students to college courses early to help them build confidence to achieve college and career readiness while saving time and cost of education,“ said Rick Miranda, vice president, Academic Affairs. “We will continue to enhance the program offerings and partnerships to address community interests and student needs.”
“Providing direct access to college coursework starting in grade 9 will not only increase our students’ opportunities for acceptance and matriculation to college but their success in completing college,” said Dr. Christian De Larkin, President of PMA. “We are excited to welcome our first cohort of students in the fall of 2022 and look forward to creating the model program for dual enrollment in Los Angeles County.”
“We are so excited to partner with Cerritos College and offer our students this opportunity at PMA. We are always looking for ways to best serve our students to be not just college-ready but college-competitive,” echoed Veronica Zozaya, Principal of PMA.
PMA will transition to adopt a schedule similar to a university schedule for the 2022-2023 school year which will support the Early College Program as well as integrate a co-curricular learning opportunity into the school day. Students will be able to select courses like Associated Student Body Council or Mock Trial, they can rehearse for the school play, practice for cross country, or even engage in Christian service in the local community for part of their regularly scheduled school day. The integration of academics and co-curricular activities will allow Warriors to have meaningful learning experiences while maintaining a manageable balance. St. Pius X - St. Matthias Academy creates a Catholic university experience for teenagers that provides opportunities to grow in faith, learn without limits, and live with purpose.