• Early post-secondary oPPORTUNITIES (EPSO)                                                                                                 

    Early postsecondary opportunities (EPSOs) include a course and/or exam that give students a chance to obtain postsecondary credit while still in high school. Courses (whether stand-alone or in conjunction with an exam for postsecondary credit) must be aligned to postsecondary standards. EPSOs equals "Ready Graduate". Explore what it means to be a "Ready Graduate".


    Tennessee students have an unprecedented opportunity to pursue education and training beyond high school through Tennessee Promise, a scholarship and mentoring program which provides high school seniors with two years of tuition-free attendance at a community or technical college in Tennessee. Early postsecondary opportunities ensure that students are ready to take full advantage of the Tennessee Promise and succeed in education and training after high school. Research has shown that students who participate in early postsecondary courses are more likely to enroll and persist in postsecondary environments.


    Early postsecondary opportunities allow students to:

    • earn postsecondary credits while in high school.
    • become familiar with postsecondary rigor and expectations.
    • develop confidence and skills for success in postsecondary learning.
    • make informed postsecondary and career decisions.
    • decrease the time and cost of completing a certificate or degree

    What are the requirements?

    In order for a senior to be considered a Ready Graduate, they must meet ONE of the following criteria:

    • ACT Composite score of 21 or higher
    • 4 Early Post Secondary Opportunities (EPSOs)
    • 2 EPSOs & an industry certification
    • 2 EPSOs & a 31 on the ASVAB (Military Entrance Exam)






    • White Station High offers a variety of Early Postsecondary Opportunities for students.

      • Advanced Placement
        • Biology/Biology Lab
        • Calculus AB
        • Calculus BC
        • Chemistry/Chemistry Lab
        • Chinese Language & Culture
        • Computer Science Principles
        • English Language/Composition
        • English Literature/Composition
        • Environmental Science
        • European History
        • French Language and Culture
        • History of Art
        • Human Geography
        • Japanese Language/Culture
        • Latin
        • Macroeconomics
        • Microeconomics
        • Music Theory
        • Physics I & II
        • Physics C - EM
        • Physics C - Mechanics
        • Psychology
        • Research
        • Seminar
        • Spanish Language
        • Statistics
        • Studio Art 2D Design
        • Studio Art 3D Design
        • Studio Art Drawing
        • U.S. Comparative Government and Politics
        • U.S. Government and Politics
        • U.S. History
        • World History
      • Dual Enrollment
        • Anatomy & Physiology I & Lab
        • Anatomy & Physiology II & Lab
        • Biology I & Lab
        • Biology II & Lab
        • Calculus III
        • Chemistry I & II
        • Engineering Problem Solving
        • English Composition I & II
        • Medical Terminology
        • Sociology
      • Statewide Dual Credit
        • American History 
        • Pre-Calculus 
        • Statistics
      • Industry Certifications
        • Advanced HTML5/CSS3
        • CompTIA IT Fundamentals
        • Hootsuite Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)




    Advance Placement (AP):  

    The College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Program provides  an opportunity for high school students to experience postsecondary-level coursework across multiple subjects. Each course is aligned to a subject-specific AP exam, which provides students the potential to earn credit for postsecondary coursework in that subject.



    Dual Enrollment (DE):

    Dual enrollment (DE) is a postsecondary course, taught at White Station High School, by postsecondary faculty or credentialed adjunct faculty. Students are enrolled at the postsecondary institution and earn postsecondary credit upon completion of the course. High school credit is awarded based on local policy.



    Statewide Dual Credit:

    Statewide dual credit classes are college-level courses taught at the high-school level by trained high-school teachers.  Course learning objectives are developed by Tennessee high school and college faculty in order to ensure alignment with post-secondary standards. 

    All students enrolled in a statewide dual credit course take the online challenge exam, which is used to assess mastery of the postsecondary-level learning objectives. Students which meet or exceed the exam ‘cut score’ receive college credit that can be applied to any Tennessee public postsecondary institution. Exam scores are reported on the high school transcript to ensure postsecondary credit is accurately awarded but are not used in any state accountability measures.



    Industry Certification:

    Industry certifications (IC) are earned through secondary and postsecondary career and technical education programs and courses. High school students are encouraged to focus their elective credits on robust, career-aligned learning pathways. Robust learning pathways should culminate with the achievement of nationally recognized industry certifications, meaningful work-based learning experiences, and/or attainment of postsecondary credit hours through early postsecondary opportunities. As it pertains to industry certifications, all department-promoted certifications are aligned with postsecondary and employment opportunities and with the competencies and skills that students should have acquired through their chosen programs of study.