Haywood Early College High School is an autonomous public high school located on the campus of HCC. Haywood Early College High School enrolls students in grades 9 through 13 as non-degree seeking students according to GS 115C-238.50 (e): Cooperative innovative high school programs may include the creation of a school within a school, a technical high school, or a high school or technical center located on the campus of a college or university; and NCCCS Administrative Code for enrolling students through cooperative high school programs. Ninth and tenth grade students take college courses in a similar format as concurrent enrollment and eleventh, twelfth, thirteenth grade students take courses through a similar format as dual enrollment. Haywood Early College High School students are eligible to take additional courses through waivers/exemptions approved by HCC, HCC Board of Trustees, Haywood County Schools, Haywood County Board of Education, the NC State Board of Education and the North Carolina Community College System Office.
- Applications are also available through Haywood County Schools Central Office and Haywood Early College High School Principal’s Office.
- Selection of students is made by the Haywood County Public Schools according to the guidelines and criteria of the Early College High School Grant and the Governor’s Learn and Earn Program/New Schools Project.
Haywood Early College was developed through a partnership with Haywood County Schools and NC New Schools Project to provide higher education opportunities to students under-represented in colleges and universities. The purpose is to serve as a model for the nation in developing innovative, engaging education as part of a high school reform movement. Through rigor, relevance and relationships, the educational culture will improve the success of high school students and the college-going rate.
- Students complete a high school diploma and a two-year transfer degree in five years.
Innovative learning models developed to engage students.
- Improved high school completion rates, college going rates, college completion rates.
- Integration of college culture at the high school level.