Through a partnership between Alexander County Schools and Catawba Valley Community College, 57 new students became the first members of the Alexander Early College High School in Taylorsville this month.
These students will be able to earn a high school diploma and an associate degree on the campus of CVCC Alexander Center for Education in Taylorsville by 2020. Students will save their families thousands of dollars compared to a university by obtaining the CVCC degree.
The high school is modeled after the extremely successful Challenger Early College High School housed on the CVCC Main Campus in Hickory. Now in its 12th year, Challenger Early College High School enrolls 402 students this year and ranks in the top 10 in the state according to end of course test scores, graduation rate and attendance. It is the largest early college in the state and the only one with a conference sports and performing arts programs.
Early college teachers use research-based teaching strategies and collaborative learning communities. Unlike most early college programs Alexander Early College students will have the option to participate in any after school activities offered at Alexander Central High School, including sports, band and clubs.
For more information, contact Dr. Betsy Curry, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Alexander County Schools, 828-632-7001 ext. 241, orwww.alexander.k12.nc.us/AEC.
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ELECTRONIC PHOTO CUTLINE: Fifty-eight students became the first members of the Alexander Early College High School in Taylorsville this week. They have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and an associate degree on the campus of CVCC Alexander Center for Education in Taylorsville by 2020. They pay no college tuition, saving their families thousands of dollars compared to a university. School administrators pictured (standing in back, left to right) are Michael Ratchford, school counselor; Mary Beth Bumgarner, English teacher; Melissa Sharpe, math teacher; DeAnne Robbins, social studies teacher; and Christy Hall, science teacher. Not pictured are Debbie Austin, CVCC liaison.