Magnet Programs
Early Colleges

​​In partnership with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte), CMS offers accelerated learning opportunities that provide students the opportunity to take college courses while completing their high school graduation requirements. In addition to earning a high school diploma, students can earn up to two years of transferable college credit, tuition free. All early college high school courses are Honors, Advanced Placement or college level courses.  ​Given the rigor of completing both the high school diploma and two years of college credit, students have an additional year (i.e., grade 13) to graduate. 

Special Features

  • All courses are Honors, Advanced Placement and/or college level courses 
  • All college courses and books are provided at no charge to CEEC students 
  • Stud​ents can earn up to 60 transferable UNC Charlotte credits ​
  • Students will have the opportunity to complete seven Project Lead the Way engineering courses during the high school experience 
  • Students have access to internships and work based learning opportunities 
  • Students can participate in co-curricular activities and sports at their home high school (transportation not provided) 
  • Students have the option of remaining an additional year (i.e., grade 13) to earn two years of transferable college credit​

Student ​​Profile

​​While the Early College program welcomes all students, possessing certain interests may enable a prospective student to excel in his or her course of study. The Early and College student: 
  • Has good time management skills 
  • Has the ability to do accelerated work 
  • Is self-motivated and has a desire to excel 
  • Is intellectually curious and a critical thinker 
  • Is willing to commit to college-level work expectations (for example, at least two hours of homework each night) 
  • Has a strong work ethic 
  • Can work independently to meet academic goals 
  • Has a strong interest in the engineering or education fields of study 
  • Works well in a small school environment​


  • Charlotte Engineering Early College (CEEC) is a high school located on the UNC Charlotte campus with a focus on engineering, energy and sustainability.  Students attending CEEC will have access to the state-of-the-art facility, EPIC-The Energy Production and Infrastructure Center, which is part of The William States Lee College of Engineering at UNC Charlotte. EPIC was formed in response to the need for highly trained engineers, qualified to meet the demands of the energy industry through traditional and continuing education. EPIC seeks to provide sustainable support to the energy industry by increasing the capacity and support​ for applied research. More than 250 regional energy corporations (including Duke Energy, Siemens, AREVA, Westinghouse and many others) cooperate with EPIC to lead the expansion of energy engineering studies in EPIC classrooms. EPIC is committed to developing and implementing energy concentrations based on industry needs.​ 

  • ​​Charlotte Teacher Early College (CTEC) is a high school located on the UNC Charlotte campus with a focus on a career in the field of Education.  Pending final approval by the NC General Assembly, the CTEC high school will open in 2017-2018.  CTEC will begin with 55 ninth grade students and add a grade level each year until reaching grade 13.  

Early Colleges

Transportation Zone​​
​School (Grade Level)​Transportation​Entry Grades​Entrance Requirements
​​Countywide ​​Engineering​UNC Charlotte (9-13) ​
CATS Bus Pass ​
​9, 10

*This option will be available pending approval as a cooperative innovative high school by the North Carolina State Board of Education.