LHS Early College and Dual Enrollment Information

Early College Graphic

The LaVergne High School Early College at Motlow offers an exclusive opportunity for qualifying juniors and seniors to acquire an Associate of Science Degree in General Studies while earning their high school diploma. Students in this unique partnership attend their junior and senior classes on the Motlow State Smyrna campus.  This rigorous academic track immerses our students in a community college environment that allows them to leverage the resources of both Motlow State and the LHS school community.  Our students experience full access to the MSCC clubs, activities, and resources, with the added bonus of dedicated LHS staff members to help them reach their full potential. 


Students must meet the dual enrollment college admissions requirement of 3.0 GPA AND have earned an ACT composite score of 20 or greater. 


For more information, please contact:


Hope Bakari

LHS Early College at Motlow State 
250 Wolverine Trail 
La Vergne, TN  37086 
615 220-7800 ext 5200

Dual Enrollment


Dual Enrollment courses are college-level courses that allow students to receive both high school and college credit. At LHS we have two types of dual enrollment: (1) regular dual enrollment classes at LHS and (2) the Early College program (read more below). 


Students must be in the 11th or 12th grade, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be eligible for the dual enrollment grant to participate in dual enrollment classes. 


LHS Early College at Motlow State


For more information on the LHS Early College, please read the general eligibility information and frequently asked questions below. You may contact your school counselors or Ms. Bakari if you have additional questions.


For more detailed information about LHS's Early College program, please click the image below: 
Early College with LHS and Motlow State crest.

This advanced program allows juniors and seniors at LaVergne High School to take classes solely on Motlow State Community College’s Smyrna campus. Students are taking only college classes and earning credits for an Associate Degree and High School Diploma concurrently. Students must meet all the deadlines for enrollment and fee payment. 


Who can participate in the LHS Early College?

All students must meet the dual enrollment college admission requirement of a 3.0 GPA (Grade Point Average) and have earned an ACT score of 19 or greater. Students must be eligible for the Middle/Early College Scholarship. They must be legal residents of the United States and reside in Tennessee for at least one year to qualify for the Scholarship. 


I’m planning on applying for the Early College Program…. How do I sign up for the ACT? 

Any sophomore planning to apply for the Early College Program will need to sign up for the ACT in the fall of 2023. Sign up for the test at act.org. 



Test Date 

Regular Deadline 

Late Deadline (Additional $36) 

October 28th, 2023

September 22nd, 2023

October 6th, 2023 

December 9th, 2023

November 3rd, 2023

November 17th, 2023

February 10th, 2024

January 5th, 2024

January 19th, 2024


What is the Middle/Early College Scholarship? 

The middle college scholarship is designed to assist any student enrolling in the Early College Program. For complete information on the middle college scholarship, visit www.tn.gov/collegepays.


Will students receive help with the Early Scholarship and Motlow Registration?

LaVergne High School Counselors, Early College/Dual Enrollment Assistant Principal, and Motlow Dual Enrollment personnel will be available on the LaVergne campus at a designated time to help students navigate the application process. Students who do not submit applications on time may be dropped from the Early College Program.


What college degree will be earned?

Early College students are working toward an Associate of Science Degree in General Studies from Motlow State Community College. Upon successful completion of the Early College Program, students will earn a high school Diploma and an Associate Degree.


Can I be dropped from the Early College

Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain in the Early College. Students on a zone exemption must return to their zoned school if dismissed from the Early College for any reason. The collegiate GPA is separate from the high school GPA. If the collegiate GPA drops below 3.0, then the student will be dropped from the program. A grade of a C could result in loss of grant/scholarship and removal from the program.  


Will students have any classes at LaVergne High School?

All Early College junior and senior classes are held on Motlow’s Smyrna campus. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in classes at LaVergne High School if the Early College course schedule allows.


Will meals be provided?

Regular school lunch will be available on the Motlow campus. Students may also bring their lunch. Students are not allowed to leave the Motlow campus for lunch or have food delivered to them on the Motlow campus.  Time for lunch will be embedded in the Motlow schedule.


Is transportation provided to Motlow’s campus?

Students may ride the school bus to LaVergne High School. A bus will then transport students from LaVergne High School’s campus to and from the Motlow Smyrna campus. The morning and afternoon commute is approximately 2 miles. With signed parental permission, students may also drive themselves.


Is LaVergne High School’s Early College Program difficult?

The Early College Program is incredibly challenging! Students are full-time college students, and all classes are college level courses. Students must be willing and able to fulfill the additional requirements and time commitments that come with taking a college class. Collegiate classes may include additional outside reading, research projects/papers, and communicating with professors. Grades earned in college classes are factored into the high school GPA and will appear on the high school transcript. A poor grade in any class will negatively impact the student’s GPA and may limit access to academic scholarship funds.