Are you the family of a current Dearborn 7th or 8th grader?

Do you want your student to earn a free Associate’s degree from Franklin Cummings Tech at the time of their high school graduation?

Students who earn an Associates degree by the time of their high school graduation save on up to 2 years of college tuition – the equivalent or $30,000 at a public college and often more than $100,000 at a private institution!


What is this program?

The Early College Academy is a partnership between The Dearborn STEM Academy and Franklin Cummings Tech that places 7th and 8th graders on a path to earning a free Associate’s Degree from the Franklin Cummings Institute of Technology (formerly Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology) by the time they earn their high school diploma from the Dearborn. There will also be the opportunity for some students to stay for a potential 13th year – we call them “super seniors” – in order to finish their Associate’s Degree

What can my student study?
Here are the areas students can study:




Who is this for?

This is for all students – but students will have to do extra work! There will be a summer programs for students, and students will have accelerated coursework while at the Dearborn.



When does this start?

DECK launched in summer 2023 and will continue each year. The program will be in-person at the Dearborn.  Students will be enrolled in academic and college/career activities.

  • Students will each receive a stipend of $800. Students must meet the DECK requirements in order to earn the stipend.
    • Summer school buy back credit available in lieu of stipend.
  • The program will be 4 weeks long, 4 days/week M-Th, 8am-11:30am and will include 1 college/career field trip per week, 1 skill building workshop per day, community building/check in as well as accelerated ELA and Math instruction.
  • If a student and family are interested but will be out of town this summer, we will work with you to ensure that your child can be prepared for the fall.


How do I sign up?

Applications are now OPEN! Please complete the form below for more information. It is available in the following languages: English, Cape Verdean Creole and Spanish.  You may also use this link to access the form.


What if I have more questions?

We will be having in-person and virtual information sessions that will be announced shortly. You can also email us at