Lee Early College

Lee Early College at the Lee Main Campus

  • Address
    • 1105 Kelly Dr.
    • Sanford, NC 27330
  • Main Phone
    • (919) 888-4502

Principal: Kisha Derr
Liaison/Advisor: Nick Testa

In May 2020, 52 Lee Early College students graduated. 42 of the LEC graduates earned an associate degree, and all of them earned college credit. Ten early college students earned academic awards with CCCC for the 2019-2020 school year! LEC is entering its 14th 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.