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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Lee Early College is a highly rated, public school located in Sanford, NC. It has 255 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 62% of students are at least proficient in math and 77% in reading.

Lee Early College Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
77%
Percent Proficient - Math
62%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1220
10 responses
Average ACT
25
43 responses
AP Enrollment

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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$45,417
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$712
National
$949
Median Home Value
$137,400
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
87%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.15 responses
Poll
60%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.15 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 41 responses
Report
  • Activity day
    29%
  • Prom
    22%
  • Talent show
    22%
  • Fall festival
    12%
  • Spirit Week
    10%
  • Kickoff before the year starts
    2%
  • Red Ribbon Week
    2%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
255
Free or Reduced Lunch
55%
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.18 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.18 responses
28%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.18 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$40,164
Teachers in First/Second Year
20.6%
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.21 responses
95%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.21 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.21 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$8,619/ year
National
$12,239
79%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.24 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.24 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.24 responses
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This program is phenomenal. To get in you had to apply. They basically did a writing autopsy on your acceptance essay and decided whether you fit here. I've had personal struggles along the way that has made it hard to stay on top, but that's okay. Mrs. Walton who is our secretary said "junior-iris is real. And okay." Shes always there to pull you out. Along with our principal Mrs. Derr, Mr. Testa who used to be our counselor, but is now an academic assistance coach for us at CCCC and runs ACA. And Mrs. Jackson who is our counselor replacement. I didn't do good my first two years. I started out better this year, then flopped again. But they met with me and helped me figure out my plan. My school is so engaged with us students, as long as you want the help. They're always there. My school opens so many doors. A 5th year named Kyle used the 5th year provided to finish with 3 degrees related to laser photonics and is in California making so much money. No sports though, which is fine!
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LEC has been a once in a lifetime opportunity. The staff members as well as my peers have helped me mentally grow over the years. I have bulit many supportive relationships with both teachers and students. Because of the small amount of students in the school, there is more time available for students to have more academic communication and help from the teachers. The teachers are all involved with the students academic lives and personal well being. Every step of the way, they're doing a good job, for their hard work along with ours, is reflected through our test scores and grades.LEC has, is and will continue to be a great place for me!
As a current sophomore in LEC, I can say that my experience has been unforgettable. Being an early college, we do not have as many teachers and students as a traditional high school. Having about 15 teachers has significantly impacted my experience at LEC. Lee Early College has begun very important relationships for me. Whether it's with teachers or students, I have created wonderful bonds in the 2 years that I have been in LEC. LEC is nothing compared to what I I thought it would be when I first applied. It has become a second family. The staff and students have been very supportive. I can not wait to continue to grow as a student for the next 2 years!