What are the differences between the early college high school and a traditional high school?
The early college high school is a rigorous school environment where all students are expected to engage in college level work during high school to earn a college associate’s degree along with their high school diploma. The early college instructional day is longer than the traditional high school and students have a variety of opportunities for academic support and leadership development throughout the five year program. As well, students will be involved in community service throughout their high school experience.
Where is the Cleveland Early College High School located?
The Cleveland Early College High School is located on the Cleveland Community College Campus at 137 South Post Road, Shelby NC 28152.
Will students be required to take state tests?
Yes. All Cleveland Early College High School students have the same core subject testing and high school graduation requirements of other high school students in North Carolina.
What courses will students take?
In their 9th grade year early college students take high school honors level English I, Algebra I, World History and Physical Science classes. In addition, they will take college level academic skills, physical/health education, art appreciation and technology classes.
Will CECHS students be able to take Driver's Education?
Driver's Education will be offered at CECHS for eligible students.
What does it cost to attend?
Early college students pay no college tuition. As well, textbooks are provided at no charge. There will be traditional school expenses like those for other high school students.
Will transportation be provided?
Yes, transportation will be provided in a limited format using a shuttle bus system.
Will lunch be served?
Student lunches will be prepared off campus by School Food Service and delivered daily to the Cleveland Community College Campus. Students are generally given three lunch choices per day and receive adult portions.
What about extra-curricular activities?
While Cleveland Early College High School students do not have the opportunity to participate in high school athletics, they have the opportunity to participate in internships, community service projects, and other enrichment activities.
What are the hours of school operation?
Our instructional day begins at 8:30 AM and ends at 4:00 PM.
Will 9th grade students take classes with college students?
While 9th graders will take some college courses their first year, they will be in class with other high school students.
How will students qualifying for services for exceptional students be served?
Students eligible for special services including EC, ESL and Academically Gifted are served at CECHS.
What does classroom instruction look like?
Cleveland Early College High School students actively engage in research based classroom instruction designed to build their capacity to think critically, to problem solve, and to work with peers. A strong emphasis is placed on content application and project based learning. Our instructional program includes a variety of off campus field work that sometimes requires an overnight trip.