Early Colleges

Wake Young Men's early college
  • Early Colleges

    Early College High Schools help students get a head start on college while they earn their high school diploma.

     
    Wake Early College of Health and Sciences 
     
    This school provides opportunities to explore careers in the health and sciences through partnerships with Wake Tech, and WakeMed Health and Hospital.  This five-year high school program allows students to earn their high school diploma and an Associate degree, college transfer credit, prerequisite courses to prepare for health sciences degree, or certificate- tuition free.  Students follow a rigorous high school program of honors classes for the first two years and are dual enrolled in Wake Tech courses the remaining years.  Wake Early College H.S.
     
    Wake STEM Early College 
     
    The Wake STEM Early College High School is a small public school of choice; a joint project between the Wake County Public School System and North Carolina State University. STEM is the theme of the school’s program in addition to our identity as an early college.  Early college means students take college courses at NCSU as well as the courses required to earn a high school diploma over a five year period.  STEM at our school does not just relate to four subject areas but instead permeates throughout the entire program as our students explore the "Grand Challenges for Engineering"

    STEM has two components that we explore: 

         1. The world is bigger than our community, state, country and nation. It is our responsibility to 'reach beyond our limits to achieve our dreams, even those not yet imagined'.

         2. We can only solve the world's problems and truly realize our potential if we think with an engineering mindset. 

    At Wake STEM we follow the NCSU Engineering Design Process as our foundation to solve our problems and complete our projects.

       Wake STEM E.C.
     
    Vernon Malone College and Career Academy
     

    Vernon Malone College and Career Academy is a collaborative endeavor between the Wake County Public School System, Wake Technical Community College and Wake County Government. Students at Vernon Malone College and Career Academy complete studies in one of the seven Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs as part of their high school graduation credits, these include Biopharmaceutical Technology, Collision Repair, Cosmetology, Multi-Trades Technology, Nurse Aide, Simulation and Game Development and Welding.

    Through an academic foundation, paired with career-focused courses and work-based learning experiences, graduates of Vernon Malone College and Career Academy will be prepared to enter the workforce, continue on to a four-year university, or apply their earned credits towards an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, certificate or diploma program at Wake Technical Community College in areas such as Applied Engineering, Business & Public Services, Computer Technologies, Skilled Trades, or Transportation. Vernon Malone CCA

     
    Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy
    Wake Young Women's Leadership Academy
     
    These schools are separate academies on different campuses, but share the same program and philosophy. The program starts at 6th grade and continues to a blended high school and college experience.  These small, single-gender academies develop each student as a leader and a learner.  Themes of empowerment, innovation, and collaboration are integrated in academic and extracurricular opportunities that result in each student's scholarship, service, and success. 
    North Wake College and Career Academy (9-12)
    This school is a collaborative endeavor with Wake Technical Community College and Wake County Government.  Students will be able to complete studies in one of five programs as part of their graduation credits. The school will offer Culinary, Business Administration, IT/Tech Support, Early Childhood Education and Emergency Medical Science.  Through an academic foundation paired with career-informed courses and work-based learning experiences, graduates may continue to a four-year university, or apply their earned credits towards an AAS degree, certificate, or diploma program at Wake Technical Community College. North Wake College and Career Academy
     

    Application School 

    Crossroads FLEX (9-12) 

    Crossroads FLEX is a digital, blended learning school serving students whose outside interests and activities require considerable amounts of time during regular school hours, known at Crossroads FLEX as “pursuits”.  This can include students who are highly competitive and/or active in the arts, sports, or have other obligations such as extensive work schedules or family commitments.  Partnering with North Carolina Virtual Public Schools, blended learning is using both online and in-person learning experiences when teaching students.  Students work independently on online lessons, projects, and assignments at home and at Crossroads FLEX.  Students meet with teachers to review their learning progress, discuss their work, ask questions, or receive assistance with difficult concepts while meeting a required amount of seat time.  The vision of Crossroads FLEX is to guide and graduate students whose individual pursuits empower them to emblazon change upon the world. Crossroads FLEX

    (Crossroads FLEX is NOT an early college)