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Early College Focus

  • Chatham County Schools, in partnership with Central Carolina Community College, is providing an innovative opportunity for rising 9th grade students -- The Chatham County School of Science and Engineering.

    The focus for CSSE includes Science, Math, Engineering, and advanced course options.  Enrolling 9th graders have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and an Associate's Degree with no tuition costs. The Associate's Degree may then be used to transfer credits within the UNC system of colleges and universities. 

    The Chatham County School of Science and Engineering 'Early College' opened in August 2016.


    High School
    High School diploma of 22 credits

    Accelerated access to advanced Science and Mathematics

    Community College
    Associate in Science or Engineering approximately 60 credit hours

    Six semesters through CCCC

    Career Connections
    Options for Associate in Arts through CCCC

    Options for career-based credentials or certifications

    University Transfer
    Eligibility for Bachelor of Science in Engineering transfer credit

    Options for Associate in Arts through CCCC


    Early College High School in Chatham

    • 22 credits for high school diploma
    • college course requirements
    • 5th year for Associate’s degree
    • CCCC calendar
    • 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    • mix of classes with high school and community college teachers
    • mix of campuses used
    • college credit with Advanced Placement and community college courses