What is Stokes County Early College High School?
Stokes Early College High School is a joint program of the Stokes County School System and Forsyth Technical Community College. Your child could have the opportunity to complete the requirements for a North Carolina high school diploma and at the same time earn college credits that will lead to early completion of an Associate’s Degree. Instead of attending a regular high school, students will take courses at the Stokes Center of Forsyth Technical Community College. Transportation will be provided to students accepted into this innovative program. Tuition and textbooks are free for college courses (certain associated fees may apply).

How will Stokes Early College High School be different from a traditional high school?
Small Classes. By design, Stokes Early College High School classes will be small, with enrollment limited to approximately 50 students per grade level from Grade 9 to Grade 13.

First Two Years of College Tuition‐Free.
Stokes Early College High School is designed as a five‐year program to allow students to complete all high school requirements and also complete the two‐year Associate’s Degree. Student tuition and textbook costs will be waived; however, there may be associated fees for which students/parents will be responsible. Students who complete the program will receive their high school diploma and an Associate’s Degree in 4‐5 years. With the Associate’s Degree they may be eligible to transfer to UNC system universities as Juniors. These graduates will have completed their first two years of college with no tuition. In addition, because they are already prepared for college, colleges are willing to offer our students generous financial aid packages. To date in this year alone, SECHS students have earned $3,797,096.00 in financial assistance from colleges and universities.

What degrees can Stokes Early College High School students earn?
Associate in Science Degree.

What kind of students will succeed in Early College?
Early College is for students who are academically able to complete an aggressive, rigorous course of study, and who are able to be successful in college level courses from Grade 9 forward. Interested students must submit an application and supporting materials, take the Accuplacer/CPT through FTCC, and will be chosen on the basis of academic and other criteria.

Will students earn college credits?
First and second year students will be enrolled in both high school courses and community college courses. Students take dual enrollment classes—courses that earn both high school and college credit— each year. In the third and fourth years, they will take more college courses that earn college credit and are not typically offered in high schools. Students will be able to receive an Associate’s Degree at the end of the 4th or 5th year.
What is the application process for Stokes Early College High School?
Students interested in applying to Stokes Early College High School must:
  • Submit application: [See top of page.]
  • Take the EdReady RISE Placement Assessment: The EdReady RISE Placement Assessment is a college readiness test that all students who apply to Forsyth Tech must take in order to qualify for college transfer credit courses. There are five parts to the test: Two English and Three Math. All students who apply are required to take all five parts. Any student who has taken Algebra I or Integrated I will also be asked to complete the Algebra test as well. Applicants will be provided with a test prep resource prior to test administration.
  • Demonstrate grade‐level proficiency on End of Grade (EOG) and End of Course (EOC) tests.
  • Demonstrate readiness for college‐level work. Access to computer/internet/Wi‐Fi is strongly recommended.
  • Have an acceptable school attendance and discipline history.
  • Complete an application and submit an academic transcript.
  • Grades will be reviewed to determine ability to succeed in college level coursework.
  • Submit five recommendations from a:
    • Subject Area Teachers (4)
    • Community Representative (not a relative) (1)


For more information, please contact the counselor at your school  or:

Misti Holloway Principal
Stokes Early College

Dr. Elizabeth Cox‐Franklin Counselor
Stokes Early College

Tim Sands - College Liaison
Forsyth Tech