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CLEMENT EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL SETS BAR FOR NATION'S SCHOOLS

Clement Early College High School, located on the campus of N.C. Central University, is a national model. Its program allows students to meet all high school graduation requirements and earn up to two years of college credit during their four years of high school. In its 10 years, the school has increased enrollment from 84 to nearly 400. Each level of the four high school years is capped at 100 students.

Students may enter only during the freshman year. Students who qualify to attend Clement Early College have attended public schools, private schools or been home schooled. Their families often have no college experience and an income that qualifies them to receive free or reduced lunch. Many of the families do not speak English at home.

The Early School meets in the former Robinson Science Building. During a recent visit the atmosphere was quiet. One class was studying the movie “West Side Story” as an introduction to “Romeo and Juliet.” Across the hall students in a math class were solving advanced problems. During the first two years of the Early College High School the students take high school level courses in their high school. After successfully completing these requirements, the students take college level courses and earn up two years of college credit. These classes are taken on the NCCU campus with the college students who are enrolled there. Ninety-eight percent of the students graduate from Clement Early College High School.

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