Award Year: 2020

Cross Creek Early College High School

1200 Murchison Road
Fayetteville, NC, 28301-4252

(910) 500-7551

Ms. Patsy H. Patrick, Principal at time of Nomination

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The mission of Cross Creek Early College High School is to provide a smaller academic environment that fosters growth and success to prepare all students for their future by developing relationships, responsibility, and respect through relevant and rigorous coursework.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 49%
  • White: 16%
  • Hispanic: 16%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 2%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 11%
Ready for college

Ready for college

Cross Creek Early College (CCECHS) is a public urban innovative high school located on the campus of Fayetteville State University. What makes CCECHS distinctive is its partnership with the university, affording the opportunity for students to earn 60 or more college credits while completing high school diploma requirements. Our tagline, College Begins Here, reflects the commitment to not only make students college eligible, but college-ready. Students enjoy individualized attention that emphasize academic, personal, and social growth, meeting students where they are in the journey to be a college graduate.

A highly accelerated program, CCECHS provides daily social-emotional development activities that focus on relationships, respect, and responsibility. The Academic College Readiness classes, taken all four years, prepare students for the rigor and relevance of high school and college. Cross Creek goes beyond book learning each and every day. Students are comfortable and confident in their roles as early college students.

Possibilities for growth abound at CCECHS. A signature element, the Student-Led Instructional Conference Event (SLICE), allows students to be the leader of their learning by presenting a portfolio of varied work samples to parents twice a year. Students explain their weaknesses, but also their points of pride. The evening is festive and parents walk away with a deeper appreciation of their child's personal goals as well as their dedication. At Cross Creek, college truly begins here.