Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Early College?
Who can enroll at Lee Early College?
What kind of student attends LEC?
What majors are available at Lee Early College?
Does Lee Early College offer extracurricular activities?
Does Lee Early College offer sports?
Early College High Schools are small schools from which students can graduate with a high school diploma plus an associate degree. Students take honors level high school classes in conjunction with community college courses in order to earn the diploma and associates in 4-5 years. They offer personalized learning environments, a common and coherent focus, and they emphasize accelerated learning for students. North Carolina is a national leader in developing early colleges. Since 2005, the number of early college high schools in North Carolina has more than tripled from 13 to 70. Nationally, about 200 early college high schools are open in 24 states.
All rising ninth grade students residing in Lee County are eligible to apply to Lee Early College. Exceptions can be made for upperclassmen if an Early College student is transferring to LEC from out of county. A maximum of 80 ninth grade students are admitted to the school each year through a competitive admissions process. Please check out the Apply Now link above for information on dates and the application process.
There's no typical student. Some enroll with an eye toward high-paying jobs in industry, completing their associate degree in a technical field and moving quickly into the workforce. Others arrive planning to attend a four-year university, completing an associate degree in university transfer courses before entering the university as a college junior. One of the things all LEC students have in common is personal motivation and an ability to thrive in a more independent setting. Otherwise, they reflect the broad diversity of Lee County.
You can major in one of many associate degree programs offered on the Central Carolina Community College campus in Sanford.
That includes accounting, auto restoration, automotive systems, bioprocess technology, broadcasting, business administration, community journalism, computer engineering, computer information, criminal justice, early childhood education, electronics engineering, human resources management, human services technology, industrial systems, and library and information technology.
That's not all. There's also machining, tool, die and mold-making; mechanical engineering technology; medical office administration; office systems technology; operations management; paralegal technology; and veterinary medical technology.
For those planning to attend a four-year university, a wide selection of university transfer courses are offered as part of the associate degree in university transfer.
Lee Early College students must meet all usual college requirements for enrollment into any particular academic program.
Yes! LEC offers Student Government Association, Beta Club, Competition Club, Yearbook, Sports Club and many other opportunities to get involved. Please visit the Clubs link for more information.
Because of the school’s unique structure and fast-paced academic program, Lee Early College does not offer varsity athletics. LEC does, however, offer a Sports Club.
Most students at Lee Early College will study between 8:00 AM - 2:45 PM. Their studies may include classes, labs, AVID, academic lab, academic advising, seminars, faculty-student meetings, and career counseling. Students may eat an on-campus lunch provided by Child Nutrition Services or at Chef Paul’s located in the Student Center on CCCC’s campus. Click here for the Lee County Schools lunch menu. Students have full access to the college library, computer laboratories, academic assistance center and social activities.
You could be far better off than your peers. When you graduate from Lee Early College, you will have earned two years of college credit and an associate degree.
What does that mean? University admissions officers will know you have the skill and dedication do college work, making your application even more attractive at competitive universities.
Depending on what courses you complete at Lee Early College, you could enter the university as a junior and graduate with a bachelor’s degree in just two years — saving plenty of time and thousands of dollars.
Absolutely. We don't expect all students to know for sure in eighth grade what they want to do with their lives. Besides, plenty of college students change their minds, too!
If you're motivated to get ahead in life, Early College counselors and teachers will help you consider all of the options and choose the best courses for you.
No matter what you study at Lee Early College, you will graduate with a high school diploma and plenty of college credit for transferring to a four-year university.
Lee Early College counselors work with all students one-on-one to help them make career decisions and take advantage of the many opportunities available.
The school opened in the fall of 2006 with initial funding from the North Carolina New Schools Project and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s High School Innovation Project (HSIP) implementation grant. Lee Early College is a product of Governor Easley’s Learn and Earn Initiative, the New Schools Project, workforce development, and high school reform. It is also the product of growing relationships between the leadership of Central Carolina Community College, the Lee County School System and area industries and businesses. These leaders recognized the need for a personalized, rigorous, innovative high school with the goal of producing highly educated and trained graduates.