A first of its kind in the nation, the Wake Early College of Health and Sciences (WECHS) is a partnership of the Wake County Public School System, Wake Technical Community College (WakeTech) and WakeMed Health & Hospitals. Leaders from these organizations recognized the need for personalized, rigorous, innovative high school centered around health and science. Their collaboration resulted in a program that offers students a totally unique educational experience. In addition, WECHS' collaboration with NC New Schools supports and enhances the innovative instructional practices in the high school courses. Wake Early College provides students with learning opportunities that begin in the classroom and extend to real-life laboratory environments. Our school is a school for the real world.