JCEC provides students with a unique opportunity to engage in rigorous honors level high school courses while simultaneously taking college courses, tuition-free, toward the completion of an associate degree. Academics are specifically designed to enhance student learning within a small family-like setting with the support of dedicated and caring teachers who strive to provide the very best opportunities for students.
All courses at JCEC are offered at the honors level, encouraging students to delve into material at a deeper level than peers at a traditional high school. Students begin taking introductory college courses the first semester of their freshman year. Students take both high school and college courses throughout their careers at Jackson County Early College. High School courses are housed within the Jackson County Early College building while college courses are taken in the college campus buildings located on the same campus. Students take the English and reading placement test in their freshman year to determine placement into college courses. Many college courses will count as dual credit for both college and high school requirements.
The active, engaging environment of courses at JCEC lends itself to the rigor needed for success in college. Students are continually challenged to extend themselves academically, while being given the supports at the high school and college level to ensure their success.
Although students are often able to attain both their high school diploma and Associate in Arts degree in just four years, the school allows a full five years for students to complete necessary coursework without feeling overwhelmed. Other students may choose to take courses toward a certificate, diploma or Associate in Applied Science, to head directly to the workforce after graduation from high school with an additional credential. No matter the pathway, JCEC helps students achieve their academic aspirations.