Award Year: 2014
CECHS prepares students for college, career, and life by providing a learning community where students believe educators care about them and expect them to succeed.
- Black/African American: 4%
- White: 85%
- Hispanic: 7%
- Asian: 1%
- Native American: 1%
- Two or more races: 2%
- ELL: 8%
- Economically Disadvantaged: %
Caldwell Early College High School (CECHS), an innovative, small learning community, was created in 2006 through a partnership between Caldwell County Schools and Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute (CCC&TI). Its five-year program, located on the CCC&TI campus, contains 393 students who take high school and college courses beginning in 9th grade. A pervasive college-going culture is designed to propel students toward completion of an associate’s degree and acceptance to a university. The CECHS population reflects Caldwell County demographics in regard to geography, academic achievement, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status, with an emphasis on first-generation college students and underrepresented groups in higher education.
CECHS staff is a dynamic and cohesive team, striving daily to perfect their craft and fulfill their commitment to prepare every student for college, career, and life. A culture of redefined professionalism promotes high standards for student achievement. Teachers believe the practice of teaching is public, and collaboration among teachers is the norm. They employ non-traditional methods to create engaging, problem-based activities that challenge students and develop the multi-dimensional abilities needed for college and career readiness. Students collaborate, read, write, think, and speak every day in order to identify, analyze, and solve real world problems. Non-traditional curriculum includes community service components built into the school day that develop citizenship and a sense of community. Unique seminar courses at each grade level teach life and college-ready skills. Through these structures, students thrive in a rigorous, nurturing environment that develops affective and cognitive resilience and 21st century skills for success.