Early College of Forsyth
Early College of Forsyth
2100 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Phone: (336) 757-3290
Fax: (336) 757-3300
Website: Early College of Forsyth
Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Principal: Fran Cook
Early College of Forsyth Information
Located on the campus of Forsyth Tech Community College, Early College of Forsyth offers a smaller learner-centered community that prepares students for a challenging program of study by developing academic rigor, providing relevant coursework, and building school and community relationships for students’ success in the global economy.
Early College of Forsyth Frequently Asked Questions
Small Classes. By design, Early College classes will be small, with enrollment limited to just 80-100 students per grade level from Grade 9 to Grade 13.
First Two Years of College Tuition-Free. Early College is designed as a four-year program with an optional fifth year to allow students to complete all high school requirements and also complete the two-year Associate Degree. Students who complete the program will receive their high school diploma in four years and can obtain an Associate degree in the fifth year. With the Associate degree they will be eligible to transfer to UNC system universities as juniors. These graduates will have completed their first two years of college with no tuition fees.
Students who choose to leave the Early College program after four years instead of five will earn a high school diploma and a College Transfer diploma, which will allow them to enter a university as sophomores.
What kind of students will succeed in Early College?
Early College is for students who are academically able to complete an aggressive, rigorous course of study, and who are able to be successful in college-level courses from Grade 9 forward. Interested students must submit an application and supporting materials, and will be chosen on the basis of academic and other criteria. As much as possible, the student population will reflect the demographics of the public school system. Serious students whose parents are not college educated are especially encouraged to apply.
What is the application process for Early College?
- Students interested in applying to Early College must:
- Demonstrate grade-level proficiency on End of Course (EOC) and End of Grade (EOG) tests
- Take the College Placement Test and demonstrate readiness for college-level work
- Have an acceptable school attendance and discipline history
- Complete an application with a writing sample and submit an academic transcript. Grades will be reviewed to determine ability to succeed in college level coursework.
- Be interviewed by a committee consisting of the Early College Principal, the Forsyth Tech Liaison and teachers
- Submit three recommendations, one each from a:
- School counselor
- Teacher and
- Community representative (not a relative).
What degrees can Early College students earn?
Early College students have three options. They may earn an Associate in Art degree, an Associate in Science degree, or an Associate in Applied Science degree.
- Associate in Arts degree. Students who choose this degree program will select elective courses in any of 11 pre-majors, including Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Elementary, Middle Grades or Special Education, English, History, Nursing, Physical Education, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology.
- Associate in Science degree. The five pre-majors in this program are Biology and Biology Education, Chemistry and Chemistry Education, Engineering, Mathematics, and Mathematics Education, and students may choose electives from those disciplines.
- Associate in Applied Science degree. This program is intended to prepare students to go directly into the workforce.
Will students earn college credits?
First and second year students will be enrolled in both high school courses and community college courses. Students take dual enrollment classes-courses that earn both high school and college credit-each year. In the third and fourth years, they will take more college courses that earn college credit and are not typically offered in high schools.
Students will be able to receive a College Transfer diploma at the end of their fourth year of high school, or receive an Associate degree at the end of the fifth year.
What information do students need to submit as part of the Early College application process?
- Early College Application
- Writing Sample
- Transcripts from grades 6, 7, and 8*
- Attendance Profile*
- Discipline Profile*
- Standardized Test and EOG Test scores, percentile and level submitted on a Counselor Required Form.