CONTACT :: Isaac Lake, State Consultant, Division of Advanced Learning & Gifted Education

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North Carolina's early colleges and other innovative high schools are small public high schools, usually located on the campus of a university or community college, which expand students’ opportunities for education success through high quality instructional programming.

Cooperative Innovative High Schools target students who are at risk of dropping out of high school, first-generation college students, and/or students who would benefit from accelerated learning opportunities. Currently, North Carolina has 133 Cooperative Innovative High Schools, including 114 funded partnerships. Students interested in attending one of these schools should contact their school district central office or the principal at the school for information about the selection and enrollment process. LEAs interested in creating a Cooperative Innovative High School must apply in partnership with an Institution of Higher Education. Click CIHS Applicants tab to the left for more information.

  • 117 CHIS partner with community colleges
  • 11 CIHS partner with UNC institutions
  • 5 CIHS partner with independent colleges
  • CIHS List
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