Belle Kidder was 14 when she took Introduction to College Studies (ICS) at Fair Haven Union High School—she was the only freshman in the class. “When I signed up I had no idea what I was getting myself into,” said Kidder, who had been homeschooled before joining the class at Fair Haven.
It took years to come to fruition, and in just 12 short weeks it was over.
“I wish it could have lasted longer,” said Olivia Tarmey. “I just wish I could spend more time here with these people; I’m sad to see it come to an end.”
Young Vermonters are gearing up for their next big stride toward earning a college degree. This fall the first official Early College Program high school students will begin their senior year at Vermont colleges thanks to the passage of the Flexible Pathways Act.