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Early College Program Expectations

Elizabeth City Pasquotank Early College Expectations
The ECP Early College is a unique learning environment that happens on College of The Albemarle's community college campus where students can earn both their high school diploma and an associate degree or college certification.  As such, there are expectations for students wishing to enroll and continue at ECP Early College

There are no set criteria for grades or End of Grade scores in the admissions process.  Rather, a holistic approach is taken for the selection of applicants.  In keeping with the intent of SL115C-238.50 and the founding principle of North Carolina New Schools, priority is given to students who would be 1st generation college graduates, low-income, at risk for dropping out of high school who may not yet see themselves as college completers, and/or those students who could benefit from accelerated instruction.

Students in the 8th grade must complete an application and participate, with their grown-ups when possible, in an interview process.  Student applications and interviews are reviewed by the ECPEC committee which makes the final selection based on scores and overall potential.

Continuation Requirements
ECP Early College students are expected to be successful in their high school and college classes as well as maintain good behavior.  Students can be removed from ECP Early College for not making academic progress or for disciplinary actions.  Academic removals occur only after multiple course failures or being placed on academic suspension by COA under the COA guidelines.  Students on probation will have their academic progress reviewed at the end of the semester to determine their continuation status.

Disciplinary removals occur for serious and/or repeated offenses.  Students suspended by COA for disciplinary reasons will also be removed from ECP Early College.

Students who drop below academic criteria for both high school and college courses will be put on alert status. Students not meeting the continuation criteria for academics will be placed on academic probation by ECP Early College and/or COA. Students on probation will be monitored by either the principal and/or the school counselor who will meet with the student on a regular basis and be required to attend an Intervention Session on a weekly basis during Flex Fridays.  Communication will be made with the grown-ups and a plan put in place to help the student be successful.  While grades for high school classes are available online through PowerSchool and are updated at least weekly by high school teachers, COA instructors are not required to communicate with ECP Early College and do not communicate with parents.