July 5, 2014 - In a few more weeks, 100 ninth-graders from around Mecklenburg County will report to UNC Charlotte to start a five-year high school career.
Students at the Charlotte Engineering Early College High School -- a partner with NC New Schools -- will not only pioneer a new curriculum but a new approach to high school in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Students will spend three years doing their high school work and two more taking college classes at no charge.
That was enough to entice 14-year-old James Baysinger to leave behind his friends in the Steele Creek area of southwest Charlotte and sign up for a long bus ride across town. He'll report to class on Aug. 11 -- following the UNCC calendar, rather than starting Aug. 25 with most of CMS -- to meet his new classmates and their six teachers.
James admits to being a bit anxious, but the trade-off is "I won't be as confused when I go to real college." And of course his parents are psyched about the free college and the fast track to a good career.