The PCS Early College Experience...
Our school offers students the opportunity to earn a Pitt County Schools high school diploma AS WELL AS an associates degree and certifications from Pitt Community College. We are located in a beautiful new building directly on PCC's campus. Students become PCC students from the moment they enroll in our school. Ninth grade students usually take two PCC courses during their freshman year, so students and parents need to understand that the expectation for college level performance is the norm! Students generally take the typical ninth and tenth grade core classes in English, Math, Science and Social Studies with PCS Early College teachers. Electives and other credits such as PE/Health, Art, and Foreign Language, and upper level high school requirements are met through courses at PCC. Students are expected to achieve an 80 or higher in all courses.
So, how do we work with students and families to accomplish these goals? We are a small school. Each class (freshman, sophomore, etc) has a maximum of 75 students which allows our staff to get to know each student. We are committed to educating the whole child. Through our AVID program we help students learn to function effectively socially as well as intellectually. Communication between staff, families, and the students is key to our success.
How and When to Apply...
Applications are accepted only when students are in their 8th grade year, ready to go to high school the next school year. Information sessions regarding the application process will be held each November in public locations across Pitt County. Interested parents and students are encouraged to attend one of these sessions in order to learn more about our school and the application process.
Applications can be obtained from each school's guidance counselor. Home-school families can download a copy from our website once the application process opens. Completed applications are due to PCS District Office by the end of January each year. Please double check the exact date for the year in which you apply.
Applications are then scored on a rubric. We will conduct 1:1 interviews with well over 100 students for the 75 available slots. Students will be notified by email through their guidance counselor if they are not accepted. Students who are accepted are notified in person by our principal.