School districts nationwide have adopted the early college high school model as a way to help low-income students graduate from college. The schools, such as Bard High School Early College in Newark, N.J., often condense high school and college into four years and are touted as a way to save time and money for disadvantaged but ambitious students, such as Najee Little of Newark, a student profiled in this article. The schools also aim to help students catch up by deluging them with challenging work, rather than enrolling them in traditional remedial courses.

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