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Early College to celebrate new site

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Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School freshman Cody Andrews, 14, plays a game on his laptop during lunch Wednesday in the new maker space room at the school.

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Friday, February 15, 2019

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. today to officially recognize the opening of the new home of the Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School.

The high school, which has been meeting in mobile units on the campus of Nash Community College since it opened in 2005, has now moved into the renovated Building C on the college campus. Now with its own entrance, gleaming halls and modern decor, the school is set for a new chapter in its history. 

One of the best aspects of the move is the expansion that can now happen, Superintendent Shelton Jefferies told school board members in January when he announced the completion of renovations to the building.

“With this move, we have doubled the capacity for that program,” Jefferies said. “And with the transition to brick-and-mortar classrooms, we have increased the level of safety for those students by getting them out of mobile units.”

The new facilities also allow students to have access to their own science labs and their own cafeteria space, said Early College High School Principal Jennifer Sharpe during a recent tour of the facilities.

The transition was not expected to take place until August. However, hard work by the maintenance staff of the school district made the move possible after the winter break. The move also allows parents and prospective students a chance to see the new facility in action before they submit applications to attend for the coming year.

Students attending the Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School enter a five-year program that traditionally ends with students earning both a high school diploma and either an associate of arts, associate of science or associate of engineering degree. The school is intended primarily for students who plan to go on to earn a four-year college degree and want to earn two years of that degree for free while still in high school.

Before the recent move into the new space, the Early College High School was only able to accept 60 students in the freshman class and up to 10 students in the sophomore class. However, the school is now able to accept up to 100 new qualifying freshmen in the coming year

The application period for attending the Early College High School in the coming academic year ends on Feb. 28. For more information about the application process or to fill out an application, look for the application link at https://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/.

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