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About Our School

  • Union County Early College (UCEC) is a cooperative innovative high school located on the campus of South Piedmont Community College. At UCEC, students can earn an associate degree while taking high school and college classes. We encourage rigor, relevance and relationships in which all students are accepted and valued by faculty and peers. We are an application/lottery school and students can apply as rising ninth and tenth-grade students.

Fast Facts

    • Calendar: Early College
    • Start Bell: 9:50 a.m.
    • End Bell: 4:20 p.m.
    • Mascot: Cyclones
    • Colors: Navy and gray

School Documents

What is Early College?

  • Early college high school is a bold approach, based on the principle that academic rigor, combined with the opportunity to save time and money, is a powerful motivator for students to work hard and meet serious intellectual challenges. Early college high schools are small schools designed so that students can earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree or up to two years of credit toward a bachelor’s degree. Early college high schools have the potential to improve high school graduation rates and better prepare all students for high-skill careers by engaging them in a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum and compressing the number of years to a college degree.

    Is Early College for You?

    The answer is yes if you...

    • are a rising 9th grade student
    • are living in Union County
    • are currently performing on grade level
    • are ready to take a college course with teacher help
    • are ready to make new friends from all the other high schools
    • are ready for a promising future

    Tell Me More

    Entering freshmen will start a five-year academic path on the South Piedmont Community College campus...
    • following the community college calendar
    • participating in smaller classes
    • earning college credit while enrolled in high school
    • attending classes to promote study skills, organization and technology skills
    • preparing to follow a wide variety of career and education paths

    Please call us at 704-290-1565 to learn more about this program.

School Profile

  • Vision

  • Location

  • Recruitment

  • Academic Program

Meet Our School Leaders

  • Michael Murray (Principal)

  • Dr. Randy Mann (Assistant Principal)

  • School Performance Director

  • Professional Advisory Council Representatives

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does school start?

  • What is an Early College High School?

  • How many students can attend?

  • Will this high school have sports and organizations like other high schools in the county?

  • Will transportation be provided?

  • What about lunch?

  • How do I apply?

  • How can I get more information?