What is the Early College Difference?

Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School (CATAS) is the only accelerated high school in Indiana and one of few in the nation. Our scholars work 1-2 semesters ahead by their junior year so that they are prepared to enter our Early College (EC) program. Our EC program provides scholars the opportunity to experience college rigor while still in the supportive environment of high school. Our purpose is to ensure that when scholars step on campus they are capable and able not just to get into college but to finish. This includes requiring scholars to successfully complete college level work in high school while also teaching students how to manage time, ask for help and prepare for life on their own.

Through our EC program, Tindley students can earn up to 36 hours of college credits by the time they graduate high school. Not only does this make college more affordable because many of our graduates enter college with sophomore status, but also boosts the competitiveness of their application status when colleges are reviewing their admission application. Tindley Juniors and Seniors are offered a single Early College course track:


  • Rhetoric and Composition/Research
  • Western Civilization
  • Philosophy
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Spanish III


  • Literature
  • US History
  • Honors Physics
  • Calculus
  • Senior Capstone Project

Our EC courses are taught by professors whom hold a Master’s degree. They are employed by Tindley with the University of Evansville’ approval. Tindley scholars receive official University of Evansville (UE) student ID’s and emails in addition to being required to attend a student orientation on campus each August. In order for scholars to earn college credit in their EC classes, they must receive a B or higher. Besides UE, these credits are accepted at most all public universities and many private ones in the State of Indiana and the nation.