ECHS – Charlotte was designed as an early college high school affording students the opportunity to achieve in four years both a high school diploma and an Associate in Arts degree. The freshman and sophomore honors level courses prepare students to develop the attitudes, behaviors, and skills necessary to do exemplary college level work.
Dual enrollment students take college-level courses that satisfy both high school and college requirements. They do not pay to apply to Edison State College. All textbooks and laboratory expenses are provided free of charge.
In order to qualify for dual enrollment in the junior year, a student must achieve a 3.0 GPA and score well on a college readiness test (PERT, ACT, SAT).
Students with a 3.5 GPA and the appropriate test scores may also take limited dual enrollment courses in the sophomore year.
In the 2010-2011 school year 25/26 sophomore students took Spanish I and Spanish II at the college, thereby satisfying the two-year foreign language requirement for admission into a four-year college. Those students earned 9 A grades, 14 B grades, and 2 C grades in the first semester and 8 A grades, 15 B grades, and 4 C grades in the second semester. Another 5 sophomores took other college courses. All earned an A or a B grade.
For the 2011-2012 school year 40 junior students are registered for full-time dual enrollment at the college, and 25 students are taking one mathematics class at the high school and the rest of their academic courses at the college. 35 sophomore students are registered for dual enrollment Spanish.
ECHS – Charlotte students are well-prepared to handle the academic work at Edison State College.