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.