Some teens are already back in the classroom, taking part in a unique experience.
Beaufort County Early College High School at the community college allows students to attend for five-years and walk away with a high-school diploma and an associated degree in art, sciences, or applied sciences.
School officials say they’re in their second year, and have doubled enrollment. They want to challenge kids and better prepare them for the future. Principal Dr. Todd Blumenreich says,
“If the students are capable of it and they want it why should we hold them back and I think in traditional public schools there are barriers in secondary and post secondary opportunities. We don’t believe that should exist so we’re trying to create these opportunities for students to give them what they want, what they need, and we’re just helping them along.”
The school is funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Last year the school had 46 students. Enrollment this year is 111.