Pitt County Schools Early College High School
The Pitt County Schools Early College High School opened in the fall of 2015 with a promise of providing students with the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and two years of transferable college credit or an Associate's Degree. Located on the campus of Pitt Community College, the PCS Early College provides a personalized, academically-energized environment at both the high school and college level for students who are first generation college bound and traditionally underrepresented in higher education, particularly in S.T.E.M. fields. PCS Early College supports students through what effectively becomes their first two years of college - typically the most vulnerable period for students from this target population. All for FREE!
- Improve academic outcomes for all students.
- Promote local business and industry by developing a workforce well prepared for the state's emerging economy through exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.) courses and pathways.
- Employ a project-based learning approach that actively engages students through lesson plans characterized by inquiry and collaborative work.
- Create a sense of community and family that supports the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs of students.
- Instructional methods will include project-based as well as problem-based learning, performance-based assignments, and cooperative learning.
- Assessment methods will include portfolio presentation, oral defense, student-led conferencing, and state/locally mandated examinations.
- Expose students to relevant, real-world scenarios and empower them to make meaningful decisions about their own learning and future goals.
- Job-shadowing and internships with local business and industry will strengthen students' understanding of S.T.E.M. career pathways and workforce readiness as it relates to curricular direction at Pitt Community College.
- Support through AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) strategies with an emphasis on reinforcing student and organizational skills; seminar/tutorial sessions will be held.
- Exceptional children will receive services as required.