Our Story and History

The Stokes Early College High School is a North Carolina Cooperative Innovative High School (CIHS) that provides opportunities for the citizens of Stokes County and their children that are truly unique and the school has earned its place among the finest schools in Stokes County.  The Stokes Early College High School (SECHS) was created as a collaborative effort between the Stokes County School System, Forsyth Technical Community College (Forsyth Tech), and the Stokes County Government.  It first opened in August 2009 with around 50 ninth grade students and was housed temporarily at the Forsyth Tech Northwest Center in Tobaccoville, NC for the 2009-2010 school year.


In the 2010-2011 school year, the SECHS moved to its current location on Dodgetown Road in the Meadows Community of Walnut Cove, NC.  This was the beginning of the Forsyth Technical Community College Stokes County Campus which started with one modular building that housed both Forsyth Tech and SECHS personnel.  Mrs. Ann Watts was the Director of Operations for the Forsyth Tech Stokes Center.  In 2011-2012, a second modular building was added.  On May 9, 2013, the SECHS held its first high school commencement as the first 29 Falcons to graduate from the high school.  Later that day, many of these same students graduated from Forsyth Tech with their Associate Degrees.  The 2016-2017 school year was one of growth for the Stokes Center Campus, as Forsyth Tech moved into a newly opened brick and mortar facility that began to house all of the college course offerings.  The SECHS and other Stokes County Schools departments such as the Data Center and Exceptional Children’s Division became sole occupants of the two original modular buildings.  In 2019-2020 the Forsyth Tech Trades Building was completed at the Stokes County Campus, but was unable to begin to offer courses until the 2020-2021 year due to the Coronavirus Pandemic closures.  Whereas, the primary focus of the Stokes Early College has been preparing students for graduation with an AA/AS and pushing them towards a four year college, there will now be an opportunity for and emphasis upon a career in the trades such as training as a electrician, plumbing, and welding.


Today, the SECHS houses between 160-180 students.  We are dedicated to providing rich, personalized opportunities for a diverse body of students, to be challenged academically and engaged creatively, in order to cultivate educational and occupational success and to maximize the potential of each and every learner. Students enter the Early College as ninth graders and graduate not only with a high school diploma, but also have the opportunity to receive a either an Associate of Arts degree, an Associate of Science degree, some college credits, or a career certification or diploma.  Typically, around eighty-five percent of the students who go on to pursue college ultimately finish.


Most of our students receive significant financial incentives from our North Carolina colleges as it is a wise investment for the colleges to support students who already have two years of academics “under their belts.”  As a school, it is committed to working together as a team with the community, parents, and students to create truly unique learning opportunities for its students and to provide with the support resources and resources to be successful in college and in life.  It does this through deliberate rigorous instruction that is intentionally connected to real world opportunities. Its goal is to promote the well-being of all students and inspire them to take flight and to meet the challenges of the 21st century on their own terms.


In the 2019-2020 school year, the Stokes County School Board approved for SECHS students to participate in extra-curricular activities at the three traditional high schools, beginning with the winter sport season. The extra-curricular plan allows students to participate in activities at their traditional home school such as interscholastic athletics, Reserve Officer Training Corps, Drama, and Band as schedules and opportunities allow. 


At the Stokes Early High School your journey can begin and our future will be even brighter than our past.



Current Faculty at the Stokes Early College

Principal: David Durham 2020- Administrative Assistant: Cheryl Pasley 2022-
Counselor: Jennifer Spargo 2023- Forsyth Tech College Liaison: Holly Kidd 2022-
Math: Heather King 2022- Science: Sayrd Price 2012-
Math: Katie Cook 2020- Science: Christian Smith 2016-
English: Alyssa Smith 2022- History: Patrick Minges 2010-
English: Katie Lemons Spr 2022- History: Steven Lewis Spr 2019-
Tutor/Media: Kevin Clary Spr 2022-      


Past Faculty at the Stokes Early College


Principal   Counselor   Administrative Assistant  
Jimmy Via Fall 2009 Patrick Minges 2009-2010 Monique Hawkins 2009-2012
Craig Boyles Spr 2010 David Durham 2010-2011 Kalan Holder 2012-Fall 2013
Kim Marion 2010-2012 Ellen Johnson 2011-2013 Crystal Yontz Spr 2014
Steve Hall 2012-Fall 2014 Kevie Ayers 2013-2016 Nancy Smith 2014-2022
Misti Holloway Spr 2015-2020 Elizabeth Cox-Franklin 2016-2022    
    Brandi Summey 2022-2023    
Math   Science   English  
Michael Robbins 2009-2015 Sandra Stevens 2009-2012 Sam Brown 2009-2016
Mary Martin Fall 2011 Mike Shaw 2010-2016 Lori Burrow 2011-2014
Shane Castevens Spr 2012-Fall 2019 Quinton Owens Spr 2015 Andrew Johnson 2016-2018
Cynthia Goins Spr 2020     Elizabeth Guiles 2014-2021
John Smith 2015-2022     David Priddy 2018-2021
        Kevin Clary Fall 2021
        Stephanie Cain 2021-2022
History   Spanish   Forsyth Tech College Liaison  
Salena Howlett 2013-Fall 2018 Dave Caswell 2012-Fall 2013 Michelle Bratton 2009-2012
    Alissa Combs-Draughn Spr 2014-2017 Rhonda Moyer 2012-2018
        Tim Sands 2018-Fall 2021
        Brandi Summey Spring 2022