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As More Colleges Partner with SCS, Lines Between Lower, Higher Education Blur in Memphis

On the Union Avenue campus of Southwest Tennessee Community College, a yellow school bus pulls up to the outside of Building E around 2:30 p.m. every school day. 

Inside the building, 90 ninth-grade students wait in the hallway for their dismissal cue, then leave through the doors marked “Southwest Early College High School.”

The school is new this year, a charter partnership between Southwest Tennessee Community College and Artesian Schools. The charter is under Shelby County Schools.