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Caldwell Early College High School

A collaborative effort between the Caldwell County Schools and Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute opens the doors of a new high school. The freshman class will concentrate in leadership, entrepreneurial skills and academic achievement that will culminate in a high school diploma and college Associate’s Degree at the completion of a five-year commitment.

The goal of the Caldwell Early College High School (CECHS) admission process is to select and admit a diverse group of academically capable students who have a genuine interest in the pursuit of this unique and rigorous program. Applications and accompanying documentation of prospective applicants will be reviewed by the Admissions Team. All students will be evaluated based on specific admissions elements outlined and approved by the Department of Public Instruction and the New Schools Project.

Considerations for admission include

  • CECHS Applications: Well developed and insightful responses written by the student.
  • Diversity: Student population that closely reflects the diversity of Caldwell County
  • Characteristics: Leadership, potential, intellectual curiosity, need for non-traditional high school setting, evidence of maturity and self motivation, self-disciplined, ability to work with others, etc.
  • Commitment to the duration of the five-year program

Some of the features include

Grade Span

Grades 9 – 13
Only entry point is rising 9th graders


After five years’ enrollment commitment:

  • High School Diploma
  • College Associates Degree

Tuition and Fees

Activity Fee:
$35 per semester (Fall and Spring).
This fee is not refundable unless there is an institutional error.

Campus Services Fee:
$2/course;  maximum= $10 per semester

No cost for books or tuition on approved courses


  • Meet college requirements to enter college course work
  • Commit for the duration of the five-year program
  • Students must apply for admission in eighth grade

Student Population

  • Target diverse population of students
  • Emphasis on students who will be the first to graduate from college in the family
  • Necessary for students to be mature enough to handle a collegiate setting and capable of managing college-level course work

Student Support

  • On-site counselor, instructional facilitator and college liaison
  • College development coursework available for students
  • High school and Caldwell Community College adult advocates positioned to help students


  • College/University Prep High School Course Study
  • Community College Associate’s Degree Program of Study. College coursework begins in the freshman year. Most community college credits will be transferable to the universities within The North Carolina system
  • Community service and career exploration elements integration


  • Students may participate in sports at their district high school
  • Clubs and other activities will be available at the Caldwell Early College and CCC&TI – based on interest

For more information visit:
Caldwell Early College
Caldwell County Schools


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Dennis Seagle Jr.
Executive Director
Enrollment Management
Student Services
Office: Caldwell–F–106 Work Phone: 828.726.2705