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Fred Whalen
Assistant Principal

Debbie Austin
CVCC Liaison
 
2550 Highway 70 Southeast
Hickory, NC  28602
Office (828) 485-2980
Fax (828) 485-2981
 

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The CHS office is open
from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday - Friday

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Recruitment 2015!
The early college is a public, selective enrollment high school looking for students that are highly motivated and the first in their family to earn a bachelor degree.  Our application process begins in January with information sessions during the day at the local middle schools for students and information sessions in the evenings for parents.  We only accept applications from current 8th graders.  The application is due between January 15 and February 15, 2015.  There are multiple parts to the application and all parts are due by February 15, 2015.  After the application deadline, there is a writing sample which is taken at the middle school during the school day and scheduled by the middle school counselor.  (Home school and private school applicants are scheduled separately.) Applicants will receive notice in the mail toward the end of the semester regarding acceptance or not.  As a member of the education community and local school system, we believe that every option in the area is a good option for high school.  Please consider all of your options carefully as high school prepares you for college, career, and life in the 21st century. 
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Challenger Early College has opened its doors for the 10th year to a new class of incoming freshmen.  Serving 400 students from Alexander County and Catawba County in partnership with the four school districts, CVCC, NC New Schools, and the NC Department of Public Instruction.  The early college supports project based and inquiry based learning while promising each student exposure to life-ready skills, infusion of the Habits of Mind and 21st Century Skills, adherence to the early college model, access to the Future Ready Core Diploma with the required university admissions courses, and access to earning an associate’s degree.  The school is the only early college in the state that offers a comprehensive performing arts program and interscholastic athletics program.   Dedicated to economic impact, the school has created over 100 local jobs and contributed to the local government and local revenue beyond a half-million dollars with our total 419 graduates in our ten years according to the Regional Dynamics and Economic Modeling Laboratory at Clemson University.  For 10 years running, the Firebirds top the state and county in academics, attendance, and graduation rate.  In fact, the most recent data ranks Challenger Early College High School the number 2 high school in the state.  Designed around research, the school follows the national early college model offering students a personalized environment, powerful teaching and learning in classrooms, and a pervasive ready-for-college culture that creates pathways and opportunities for life in the 21st Century.
 
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Challenger High School– thank you for participating in the 2014 Susan L. Coleman Castle of Cans. What a great success this food drive was for our entire community. Your donated 820 lbs of food and each can is making such a difference to our neighbors.
 

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