The partnership was signed shortly after noon in the Elizabethton High School Commons area by Milligan College President Bill Greer and Elizabethton City School Board Chairwoman Rita Booher. The agreement will provide qualifying Bartleby students with college admission waivers, scholarships and access to dual enrollment courses.
“Bartleby provides an innovative approach to learning and is a good fit with Milligan’s strong Christian liberal arts curriculum,” Greer said. “We are excited to partner with Elizabethton High School to provide additional opportunities for Bartleby students and faculty.”
Greer made a final point to the Bartleby students who had assembled to witness the agreement’s signing. “You will notice that your colors are the same as our colors, so you can still wear all your gear for another four years.” Both schools have the colors black and orange.
Bartleby Director Terry Smith also praised the new partnership: “We are very proud and excited to be working in such close partnership with Milligan College. Milligan is a truly outstanding educational institution, and because our Bartleby program core values are in such perfect alignment with theirs, especially regarding their core belief of outstanding servant leadership, then our two institutions are ideally suited for the close partnership we have created between us.
“We both believe deeply in the greatness of our Elizabethton community, and together we are working with maximum effort to develop our Elizabethton students to the attainment of their absolute highest possible level of achievement both during their high school careers and after they have graduated from us.
“With the development of the Bartleby Program, then Elizabethton High School is already recognized as one of the 18 Super Schools in the United States, and working in close partnership with Milligan College will help us to achieve our next goal of becoming the most outstanding high school in America.”
The partnership also allows for Elizabethton Bartleby students to take dual enrollment courses at Milligan at a free or nominal charge. Some students could qualify to take four courses for a total of $400.
To apply for admissions waivers and scholarships, students are required to submit a portfolio of their work on community and entrepreneurial projects. This is part of Bartleby’s mission to evaluate the student beyond the letter grade, and to give students an opportunity to learn through inquiry-driven, impactful projects. In addition to portfolios, students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and 21 ACT to be eligible for scholarships.
As part of the partnership, EHS teachers will be invited to share Bartleby teaching methods with Milligan students on professional development days. It also creates a new pipeline for Milligan student teachers to be involved with Bartleby.