For some highly and profoundly gifted students, early college is a viable and serious educational option to explore. However, just because a child is capable of learning high-level material does not necessarily mean early college is an appropriate placement.
The Early College Readiness Checklists: Pre-Teens and Teenagers are informal inventory tools that professionals and parents can use to assess non-academic indicators to evaluate if a student may benefit from radical acceleration into college. The checklists are based on research from University of Washington, Mary Baldwin College, Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, as well as case studies conducted by Mid-Atlantic Hand In Hand Education with a dozen early college students.
The checklists have been used as part of workshop presentations at the National Association of Gifted Children's (NAGC) and Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) national conventions.
These checklists are now available for free to teachers and parents for non-commercial use.