Award Year: 2019

Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School

1801 Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC, 27707-3129

(919) 560-2696

Dr. Gloria Woods-Weeks, Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School, Choice School

Durham Public Schools District

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The mission of the Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School is to expand learning opportunities for students, to offer a rigorous curriculum that includes college courses potentially leading up to two years of college credits, and to provide in-depth support for students in those rigorous academic classes.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 63%
  • White: 6%
  • Hispanic: 25%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
A Day at J.D. Clement Early College High School

A Day at J.D. Clement Early College High School

What makes Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School different? We have some similarities with nearly every school in the country, but our six design principles are key features to our success (purposeful design, personalization, powerful teaching and learning, college readiness, redefine professionalism, and leadership). Every decision we make is intentional, thoughtful, and in the best interest of students.

Every student in our school is afforded the opportunity to establish a positive nurturing relationship with at least one adult in the building. Relationships are crucial to the success of our school. We have created a warm, inviting, caring, and family-like environment that is evident throughout the building. Students are greeted each morning by the principal with a smile, good morning, and a fist bump. Handwritten notes are placed on every student's report card. A high level of student engagement is evident in every classroom. Students read, write, think creatively, and speak every day in every class. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning. Grade level teams work across disciplines cohesively to create and implement innovative, differentiated educational experiences. We have created a "college going" culture in which the expectation and importance of "going to college" is global.

Despite the success, our school has had over the years, we have not grown complacent. We are constantly challenged to find ways to improve our craft, our school culture. and growth of our students. We are consistently challenged to find ways to make a difference in our professional lives and in our test scores. Failure is not an option. We endeavor to minimize and eliminate any barriers that might exist. No school is a perfect school but by having this "can do, we shall overcome" mantra, we rally to the occasion and go for homers instead of singles every day. Following the example of our namesake, Josephine Dobbs Clement, the Early College has made numerous accomplishments through the years: Named a North Carolina A School for seven consecutive years. Achieved 100% Graduation Rate for seven consecutive years. Newsweek Top Schools in America.