Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does school start?

    The school year typically begins a little earlier for UCEC students than for students in a traditional high school. Click here for the 2023-2024 School Calendar.

    Where is it located?

    Union County Early College's address is 4209A Old Charlotte Highway, Monroe, NC 28110.

    It is located on the Old Charlotte Highway campus of South Piedmont Community College.
    What is an Early College High School?

    Early college high schools blend high school and college in a rigorous yet supportive program, compressing the time it takes to complete a high school diploma and the first two years of college. The schools are designed to serve students that are typically underrepresented in the college-going population, including minorities, first-generation college-going students, students from low-income families and under-performing students.

    How many students can attend?

    Approximately 100 rising ninth grade students from Union County are accepted for enrollment each year. This will build a school of approximately 400 students for this five-year program. 

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

    This school does not have North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) sanctioned athletic teams, band, chorus, ROTC, or cheerleading. Clubs and community activities are be available to students to fulfill the service and work components of the program.  Physical Education and Health is a course taught by UCEC staff and students are required to take Health/PE for one credit as a part of the high school programming. 

    Will transportation be provided?

    Yes. Transportation from home to the Early College campus will be provided through Union County bus transportation. Bus stops are assigned as they are in any UCPS school bus route.

    What about lunch?

    Lunch will be available through the Union County Child Nutrition program.  Lunch, with two choices of entrees, is brought in from a nearby UCPS school.

    How do I apply?

    Click on the Application Process in the School Profile channel.

    How can I get more information?

    Please email Michael Murray, Principal of UCEC, at or call us at Union County Early College at 704-290-1565.