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Early College Options

Early College Options
 
Davidson County Students have the option to attend Davidson Early College High School or Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy instead of a traditional high school.  Both schools are free, but afford students the opportunity to graduate high school with their associates degree.  
 
Students may apply to either school in their 8th grade year and should talk to their counselors if they have any questions.
 
 
DECHS
Davidson Early College High School
Davidson Early College High School is an alternative high school experience. Students are dual enrolled in high school and community college classes, graduating with a high school diploma AND an associate’s degree. Please go to echs.davidson.k12.nc.us and sign up for an informational session.
 
Paper Application Due: March 2023
 
 
Parents/Guardians are required to attend one informational zoom session.  The dates/times of those sessions and the link to sign up will be announced soon! 
 
 
 
 
YVRCA
Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy
Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy, often called Valley Academy, is an option for all rising 8th grade students in Davidson County. Valley Academy offers a unique environment that sets it apart from a traditional high school. Students at Valley Academy have the opportunity to take high school classes along with college classes, and have the potential to graduate not only with a high school diploma, but with certificates, diplomas, and possibly an Associate of Applied Science degree. As a career academy, Valley focuses on soft skills needed in the workplace, as well as critical thinking and professionalism that will benefit students in the real world. The style of instruction is based in project-based learning. In PBL, students are expected to work collaboratively with their peers to accomplish authentic tasks. Valley has small class sizes, unique programs and experiences, and an opportunity to get to know students from all across Davidson County.
 
Online Application Due Online: March 2023
 
 
Parents/Guardians are required to attend one informational zoom session.  The dates/times of those sessions and the link to sign up will be announced soon!