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What is Chatham School of Science and Engineering?


Located on the campus of the Chatham Center for Innovation(Formerly SAGE Academy), in partnership with Central Carolina Community College, Chatham School of Science and Engineering (CSSE) is an academically advanced public high school with students in grades 9 through 12. Students who apply, and are accepted, have the opportunity to complete an Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), or Applied Associate of Science (AAS) degree by the time they graduate from high school. During their time at CSSE, students will take a blend of high school and dual enrollment college courses that will allow them to earn both a high school diploma and a two year college degree. Chatham School of Science and Engineering was founded with the intent of attracting students who desire an Early College opportunity and experience. Interested students range from highly-driven, college bound students and students who often are underrepresented in college: minorities, students from low-income families and those whose parents never attended college.

The curriculum at CSSE is intended to prepare students for early undergraduate study. It is for that reason that the high school portion of our course of study focuses on traditional academic high school courses. These courses are delivered to students using a combination of block scheduling and yearlong courses. Teachers at CSSE are encouraged to embed high levels of rigor in all academic course work Project-Based Learning.  CSSE faculty members help each student select a college degree program and enroll in appropriate courses. Each staff member will receive additional training each year, and works individually with each student assigned to them.

Each student is provided an education that is personalized to meet their needs and help them achieve their goals. All of our students are required to meet the standard testing requirements / curriculum as any North Carolina high school student. In addition to this standard all of our students are expected to graduate with a college grade point average that will allow them to transfer to a four year university. 

Students begin by taking an accelerated curriculum of high school classes as well as a few college classes. As they progress through the program, they spend the majority of their time in college classes. In CCCC courses, CSSE students are held to the same high standard as traditional community college students. 

We expect CSSE students to:

  • Maintain a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average
  • Attend classes to be eligible for promotion
  • Be self disciplined
  • Follow all CSSE and CCCC rules and regulations.

In return, CSSE students become:

  • Collaborative critical thinkers
  • Effective communicators
  • Lifelong learners
  • Responsible citizens
  • Scholars
  • Technologically proficient