Stokes Early College
Stokes Early College High School is a joint program of the Stokes County Schools and Forsyth Technical Community College. It is a four-year high school that gives students the opportunity to complete the requirements for a North Carolina high school diploma and at the same time earn a two-year college degree tuition free. If you’re a Stokes County student entering ninth grade, choose Stokes Early College High School and in four years you can graduate with enough college credits to enter a two- or four-year college as a sophomore. Or stay for a fifth year, earn your AA degree and enter a four-year college as a junior. You can earn a two-year college degree and pay no tuition!
Stokes Early College High School Mission Statement
The Stokes County Early College High School will ensure that all students are well versed in 21st century college and workplace skills including the ability to work in teams, communicate both orally and through writing, and analyze and solve problems.
How Stokes Early College Is Different from a Traditional High School
- Small Classes. Early College enrollment is limited to just 50 students per grade level from Grade 9 to Grade 13.
- First Two Years of College Tuition-Free. Early College is designed as a four-year program with an optional fifth year to allow students to complete all high school requirements and also complete the two-year Associate’s degree. Students who complete the program will receive their high school diploma in four years and can obtain an Associate’s degree in the fifth year. With the Associate’s degree they will be eligible to transfer to UNC system universities as juniors. These graduates will have completed their first two years of college with no tuition fees. Students who choose to leave the Early College program after four years instead of five will earn a high school diploma and a College Transfer diploma, which will allow them to enter a university as sophomores.
Degrees Available to Stokes Early College Students
Associate in Arts degree. Students will select elective courses in any of 11 pre-majors, including Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Elementary, Middle Grades or Special Education, English, History, Nursing, Physical Education, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology.
Additional Associate in Applied Science degree programs may be available depending upon student interests.
The Stokes Early College Curriculum
Stokes Early College is for students who are academically able to complete an aggressive, rigorous course of study, and who are able to be successful in college-level courses from Grade 9 forward.
- First and second year students will be enrolled in both high school courses and community college courses.
- Students take dual enrollment classes-courses that earn both high school and college credit-each year.
- In the third and fourth years, they will take more college courses that earn college credit and are not typically offered in high schools.
- Students will be able to receive a College Transfer diploma, which is new to the N.C. Community College system, at the end of their fourth year of high school, or receive an Associate’s degree at the end of the fifth year.
The Stokes Early College Application Process
Students interested in applying to Stokes Early College must:
- Demonstrate grade-level proficiency on End of Course (EOC) and End of Grade (EOG) tests
- Take the College Placement Test and demonstrate readiness for college-level work
- Have an acceptable school attendance and discipline history
- Complete an application with a writing sample and submit an academic transcript. Grades will be reviewed to determine ability to succeed in college level coursework
- Be interviewed by a selection committee
- Submit three recommendations, one each from a:
- School counselor
- Community representative (not a relative).
Information to Submit
- Stokes Early College Application
- Writing Sample
- Transcripts from grades 6, 7, and 8*
- Attendance Profile*
- Discipline Profile*
- Standardized Test and EOG Test scores, percentile and level submitted on a Counselor Required Form*
- College Placement Test Scores.
*You can obtain this information from your child’s middle school counselor.
For more information, contact:
Director of Operations
Stokes County Center, Forsyth Tech
Phone: 336.593.5402 ext. 1105
Mr. Steven Hall
Stokes Early College
336.593.5402 ext. 1102
Ms. Rhonda Moyer
Early College Liaison
Stokes Early College
336.593.5402 ext. 1116