New OCU Partnership Brings College Education to High School Students

New partnership between OCU and New Hope Christian Academy

Ohio Christian University and New Hope Christian Academy (NHCA) recently partnered to bring college education to high school students.  This new partnership will give NHCA students in the 9th through 12th grades the potential to earn up to 63 college credit hours (24 classes) from OCU while still in high school.  New Hope Administrator Mike Fluhart stated, “We began with the blue-print of the Ohio Honors Diploma and then identified classes that are traditionally taught both in high school and college to develop an excellent curriculum.”  These 24 courses include an enhanced academic rigor, raising them to college level work, and at the same time fulfilling state high school graduation requirements.

Dr. Hank Kelly, OCU Provost stated, “OCU recently implemented mathematics and science concentrations, which fit perfectly with the emphasis New Hope has on these subjects.”  Recent studies show that high school students who actively participate in college level experiences during high school are 97% more likely to complete a college degree than those who did not.  Students participating fully in this program during their high school years at NHCA will enter OCU as juniors if they continue their education at Ohio Christian University.

For more information about New Hope Christian Academy, visit or call 740-477-6427. For more information about Ohio Christian University, visit or call 740-420-5924.