The cost effective way to build a bridge between high school and your college career

Learn more, learn earlier with up to four college courses at Saint Joseph’s - before you even leave high school.

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What is the Early Scholars Program?

  • High school seniors and juniors accelerate learning in exciting college-level courses
  • Take up to 4 college courses over 3 semesters on campus or online through Saint Joseph’s College
  • Take advantage of completing college credits early at a discounted price
  • Cost: only $150 per course

Early Scholars Fall 2023 on Campus

  • Classes begin August 28 and end December 15

These courses will be held in a six-week intensive-remote format. The courses will have a synchronous session each week followed by at least two (2) weekly asynchronous discussions and other assessments as deemed appropriate by the instructor of record.

Course offerings:

This course will introduce students to the creative process and develop their creativity through self-expression. This is a hands-on course. Each week students will deepen their understanding of art and design, learn new techniques, create original art, and complete self-reflections. The course is designed for students of all levels and backgrounds looking to grow their creative tool kit and have fun learning about art.

This course introduces students to the various components of the criminal justice system:  the police, the courts and corrections.  Using a sociological approach students are exposed to how race, class and gender intersect with crime and criminality.  Students will also be exposed to the key informational resources needed to study in the field of criminal justice.  Introduces students to the major actors in the field of criminal justice and are provided a knowledge base about the various career fields in criminal justice. (3 credits)

Designed to improve students’ writing skills by means of an increased understanding and appreciation of written language. Students write a variety of compositions, including formal essays; study grammar; and explore the interrelationships among persuasive writing, thinking, and speaking. (4 credits)

Today’s students are tomorrow’s decision-makers. Independent of their ultimate careers, it will be their decisions that collectively decide the fate of our planet. This course will provide students with a solid foundation in earth system processes and past, current, and future environmental problems and solutions so that they are better equipped to make informed, environmentally responsible decisions. (4 Credits)

This course will begin the student’s discovery of the relationship between the body/mind/spirit connection in the pursuit of balanced health and wellness.  Students will learn health promoting practices that facilitate lifetime fitness and wellness. (3 credits)

Studies the development of world systems, civilizations and cultures from the Age of Exploration, c.1500 CE, to the present, with the aim of understanding both unique and inter-related historical developments, threats, and opportunities as they relate to an increasingly inter-connected world and its people. (4 credits)

This course is designed to give you a solid foundation in algebra, preparing you for more advanced courses such as statistics, finite mathematics, and computer science.  The focus of the course is to show how algebra can model and solve authentic real-world problems.  Topics include functions, linear equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations and inequalities, polynomials, rational expressions and equations, radicals, quadratic equations and exponential and logarithmic equations. (4 credits)

This course covers general introduction to the science of human behavior. Topics include the history and scope of psychology, nature/nurture and behavioral adaptation (genetics, evolution, learning), physiological mechanisms of behavior (the nervous system, motivation, sleep, emotion), cognitive mechanisms of behavior (perception, memory), the growth of the mind and person (cognitive development, social development, social cognition, social influences on behavior), personality and disorders (theories of personality, mental disorders and their treatment). (4 credits)

Provides the basic principles of the organization and management of sport and recreation related programs. Topics such as fiscal management, policy information, funding, and legal liability are explored. (4 credits)

Introduces the student to the profession of social work within the context of the social welfare system.  Provides an overview of an integrative approach to generalist social work emphasizing intervention on individual, environmental, and societal levels. (3 credits)

Fall 2023 Online Course offerings coming soon! 

Previous online course offerings:
NN 101 Introduction to Nutrition
CJ 202 Introduction to Criminal Justice
EH 102 Introduction to Literature
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology
TH 102 Introduction to the New Testament

1/ Complete the Application

Request an application form from your guidance counselor, by calling the Early Scholars Program at 207-893-7746, or by downloading it. Registration will take place the week before the semester begins. All classes will be assigned on a space-available, first-come, first-served basis.

  • For Fall campus term: By August 18

2/ Request a Recommendation

Request a written recommendation from your school counselor. Home-schooled students should provide a letter of academic recommendation from a non-family member.

3/ Request Transcript

Request an official copy of your high school transcript.

4/ Submit

Submit to the Admissions Officer by August 18 for Fall campus term.

Once received, your file will be reviewed by the Office of Admission for approval. You will be notified in writing of our decision.

Send completed applications to:
Office of Admissions
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
278 Whites Bridge Road
Standish, Maine 04084