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Rising Phoenix Two Rivers High School

A New Kind of College Prep

High school is the time to start college. 

The Rising Phoenix Early College High School Program is an innovative collaboration between UW-Green Bay and Two Rivers Public District to provide promising high school students an opportunity to get a head start on college by earning their high school diploma and a two-year Associate of Arts and Sciences (AAS) degree.

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A group of promising sophomore students will be admitted and will enroll during their junior and senior years. Students will become dually enrolled in college credit courses at their high school and UW-Green Bay, Green Bay campus or online at a discounted rate to students. We answer frequent questions on our FAQ page.

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Positive Effects

Research shows that students who enroll in early college or dual credit have improved postsecondary persistence and a higher rate of degree or credential completion.

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College-Ready Matters

The skills and knowledge students need to be admitted to college are the same ones they need to succeed at a job. Being college-ready means students are ready to do well in a four-year university, a two-year college, an apprenticeship or a job.

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Join us for an in-person or virtual session.

Parents and students are invited to an in-person meeting at Two Rivers High School and virtually to learn more about how the program works, discuss the support available and share the benefits to ensure that it is a fit.

In-Person (students only)

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Virtual (students & families/guardians)

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Student Benefits

Student Success Coach

Students will work individually and consistently with a Student Success Coach and school counselor. They will provide academic and social-emotional support and advise on course selection, major/career exploration, and transition planning upon graduation.

Variable Cost

Cost is fully covered by Two Rivers Public School District for 10 students who meet target admissions criteria and shared between families and the Two Rivers Public School District for students who fall outside target admissions criteria.

Flexible Classes

Flexible class schedules will be developed in order to fit individual student needs. Students will be enrolled in college courses at their high school and online through the UW-Green Bay, Green Bay Campus. They can also take elective classes (band, choir, Spanish, etc.) and participate in extra-curricular activities at the high school.

Learn Together

Students will learn together as a cohort, supporting each other and sharing resources.


UW-Green Bay’s Disability Services Office will help students with a documented disability (IEP, 504), with academic accommodations.

About the AAS Degree

An Associate of Arts and Sciences (AAS) degree requires students to complete 60 college credits that include general education courses and an area of emphasis. With an AAS degree, you have essentially completed the first two years of a bachelor’s degree! You can either continue with UW-Green Bay or transfer to another 4-year college or university where your general education requirements will likely be completed. Students are also able to jump right into the workforce with an AAS degree.

Eligibility Criteria

Students apply as sophomores and are enrolled in the program as juniors and seniors.

UW-Green Bay will facilitate a holistic admissions process, assessing students individually based on academic and personal backgrounds. We are looking for students who have shown the maturity, academic readiness, and a genuine desire to succeed in college. Rising Phoenix is designed to support students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. 

Students must meet the following requirements:
  • Currently enrolled in 10th Grade at Marinette High School
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA or above. If student has a 2.75-2.99 GPA, they may be considered; essay responses addressing the GPA and teacher recommendations speaking to the GPA will be critical.
  • Strong high school attendance record
  • Desire to go to college

Application Steps

1. Submit Student Application

Complete online application. Short answer responses and student and parent/guardian expectations and FERPA forms are required. We recommend preparing your responses to the essay questions prior to starting the online form.

Questions include:
  • Why are you interested in participating in the Rising Phoenix Early College High School Program?
  • Describe a time when you overcame a serious challenge. Explain the details of the situation and how you handled things and worked through things.
  • As a Rising Phoenix student, you will take college-level coursework at your high school, online, and/or on one of the UW-Green Bay campuses in Green Bay, Manitowoc, Marinette, or Sheboygan. How will you utilize social and academic resources and support during your journey? Please be specific. If you need some help with where to start, see example responses

Complete Online Application

2. Request Teacher Recommendations

Teachers submit the recommendation form online. Two recommendations are required, one in a core subject area (English/language arts, math, social studies, science).

3. Email Student Transcripts & Attendance Record

Email high school transcript and attendance record to School counselor or district staff member provides documents to review committee.

4. Admissions

Students are notified of admissions decisions by early April 2023 (or after if space is available).

Cost Info

Target Admissions Criteria Group

Priority admission will go to a group of 10 students who meet academic readiness criteria and who are also first-generation college students and/or qualify for free or reduced lunch. For this Target Admissions Group the cost of the program will be covered by the Two Rivers Public School District with no cost to families.

Students Outside Targeted Admissions Criteria Group

Students who meet the academic readiness criteria but are not first-generation nor qualify for free or reduced lunch are also encouraged to apply with the responsibility for costs shared between the school district and families. Estimated cost for those students and families would be about $4,200 or about $1,000 a semester for the entire two-year program.

Shared Between Estimated Cost/Semester (15 College Credits) Estimated Cost AAS Degree (60 College Credits)
Family $1,100 $4,400
District $900 + instructional expenses $3,544 + instructional expenses
Estimated Student Savings
(based on UW-Green Bay tuition rates)
$2,034-$3,237 $8,135-$12,948
Priority Application Date: March 15, 2023

With rolling admissions after if space is available.

Example Student Schedule

A student's schedule may include a manageable blend of classes at the high school, on a UW-Green Bay campus location or online.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1st Block
7:55-9:28 a.m.
(High School)
Comm Sc 198: First Year Seminar Comm Sc 198: First Year Seminar Comm Sc 198: First Year Seminar Comm Sc 198: First Year Seminar Comm Sc 198: First Year Seminar
2nd Block
9:35-11 a.m.
(High School)
Math 104: Precalculus Math 104: Precalculus Math 104: Precalculus Math 104: Precalculus Math 104: Precalculus
12:45-1 p.m.
Writing Foundations 100: First Year Writing Writing Foundations 100: First Year Writing Writing Foundations 100: First Year Writing Writing Foundations 100: First Year Writing Writing Foundations 100: First Year Writing
2:15-3:35 p.m.
Human Biology 102: Intro to Human Biology Human Biology 102: Intro to Human Biology Human Biology 102: Intro to Human Biology Human Biology 102: Intro to Human Biology Human Biology 102: Intro to Human Biology

Have Questions?

Contact either UW-Green Bay or Mishicot High School. 

UW-Green Bay Success Coach Hleeda Vang

Hleeda Vang

Student Success Coach
(920) 366-9683

Lisa Klein

Two Rivers High School Counselor
(920) 793-2291 Ext. 6119