Vision

Wilson County Schools and Wilson Community College envision the creation of a small, personalized learning community to ensure an environment of academic rigor that leads to higher learning and personal growth that will sustain students as they prepare to be productive 21st century citizens.

Mission

The Wilson Early College Academy, through shared leadership, will offer accelerated academics in both high school and college courses in small, learner-centered classes. Students will have equal access to highly challenging coursework and innovative learning experiences that tap into their passions and interests. Students will be afforded unique support to demonstrate genuine concern for the whole person. Academic, emotional, and social interventions will build integrity, self-confidence, and character in WECA students, which will ensure their ability to graduate from high school and college and become productive 21st century citizens.

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WHAT IS EARLY COLLEGE?

  • Wilson Early College Academy (WECA) is a Wilson County Public School located on the Wilson Community College campus.
  • WECA is an extension of the high school academies and a partnership between Wilson County Schools and Wilson Community College.
  • WECA students are enrolled in a five-year dual enrollment program which includes high school courses needed to meet North Carolina graduation requirements and college courses to meet requirements of an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, an Associate in Applied Science Degree, or college transferable credits.
  • WECA is neither an alternative school nor a charter school.
  • WECA students will be able to participate in clubs and activities, as there are no athletic, ROTC, or any other extra-curricular activities available at WECA.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

  • WECA students earn a high school diploma, an associate degree, or college transferable credit.
  • WECA students will receive six years of education in five years.
  • Students will be guided by a Personalized Learning Plan.
  • Classes will be small and learner-centered, and teachers will know every student.
  • Unique support services will include a weekly WECA seminar, academic support/enrichment, peer tutoring, and college tutoring.
  • College tuition and books are FREE.
  • Transportation is provided by Wilson County Schools.
  • School lunches will be available daily.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

  • WECA will open the doors to students from all cultural, racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, linguistic, and special needs backgrounds.
  • WECA is designed for students who may be underprepared in a traditional setting but have the academic potential and willingness to accept the challenge to accelerate their future by attending high school and college at the same time.
  • Eighth grade students who reside in Wilson County and have successfully completed all requirements for promotion to the ninth grade.
  • Students who have a sincere commitment and strong desire to work diligently throughout the school year.
  • Students who will commit to WECA for at least one year.
  • Students who are in good academic standing, have acceptable attendance, conduct, disciplinary records, and possess strong work ethics and study skills.