Chatham School of Science and Engineering

Chatham School of Science & Engineering at the Chatham Center for Innovation

  • Address
    • 501 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
    • Siler City, NC 27344-3032
  • Main Phone
    • (919) 663-5899
  • Fax
    • (919) 663-3827

Principal: Bobby Dixon
Liaison/Advisor: Fae Goodman

Chatham's early college is called the Chatham School of Science and Engineering. It is entering its 5th year. CSSE also graduated its first class this past May. 8 students graduated, with 7 earning their associate degree. CSSE students spend their first two years in Siler City taking a combination of high school and online college courses, and then transition to CCCC's Pittsboro campus to begin seated college courses and to complete their degrees. CSSE had three students earn CCCC academic awards in the 2019-2020 school year!

What is Early College?

Early colleges are public high schools where students have five years to earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree, free of charge. The Early College serves a large number of first generation students. Students apply as 8th graders and enter the early college as freshmen. Many early college students are pursuing associate degrees to allow them to transfer to other colleges and universities while others are completing career and technical programs in their areas of interest. Our early colleges empower students to meet their academic and career goals.

Career & College Promise (CCP) vs. Early College

CCP is for students that are in traditional high schools. They take a variety of college courses and pathways during their junior and senior year. The goal is to earn some college credit or job training that pertains to their academic/career goals after high school. Early colleges are their own public institutions. Students begin taking classes their freshman year with the goal of earning both their high school diploma and an associate degree.