Early College

In partnership with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte), CMS offers accelerated learning opportunities that allow students the opportunity to take college courses while completing their high school graduation requirements. In addition to earning a high school diploma, students can earn up to two years of transferable college credit, tuition free. All early college high school courses are Honors, Advanced Placement or college level courses. Given the rigor of completing both the high school diploma and two years of college credit, students have an additional year (i.e., grade 13) to graduate.

Special Features

  • All courses are Honors, Advanced Placement and/or college level courses
  • All college courses and books are provided at no charge to CEEC students
  • Students can earn up to 60 transferable UNC Charlotte credits
  • Two distinct early college schools — one focused on developing future engineers and the other on training future teachers
  • Students have access to internships and work based learning opportunities
  • Students can participate in co-curricular activities and sports at their home high school (transportation not provided)
  • Students have the option of remaining an additional year to earn two years of transferable college credit


  • Charlotte Engineering Early College (CEEC) is a high school located on the UNC Charlotte campus with a focus on engineering, energy and sustainability.  Students attending CEEC will have access to the state-of-the-art facility, EPIC-The Energy Production and Infrastructure Center, which is part of The William States Lee College of Engineering at UNC Charlotte. EPIC was formed in response to the need for highly trained engineers, qualified to meet the demands of the energy industry through traditional and continuing education. EPIC seeks to provide sustainable support to the energy industry by increasing the capacity and support​ for applied research. More than 250 regional energy corporations (including Duke Energy, Siemens, AREVA, Westinghouse and many others) cooperate with EPIC to lead the expansion of energy engineering studies in EPIC classrooms. EPIC is committed to developing and implementing energy concentrations based on industry needs.​
  • ​​Charlotte Teacher Early College (CTEC) is a high school located on the UNC Charlotte campus with a focus on a career in the field of Education. CTEC will begin with 55 ninth grade students and add a grade level each year until reaching grade 13.