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A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Rowan County Early College is a highly rated, public school located in Salisbury, NC. It has 235 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 31 to 1. According to state test scores, 52% of students are at least proficient in math and 67% in reading.
Address
1333 Jake Alexander Blvd S
Salisbury, NC 28146
Telephone
(704) 216-3873
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Rowan County Early College Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
67%
Percent Proficient - Math
52%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1120
46 responses
Average ACT
24
52 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
    C+
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$38,316
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$761
National
$949
Median Home Value
$124,300
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.5 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.5 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 24 responses
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  • Ice cream social twice a year!
    25%
  • That we have such flexible schedules
    25%
  • Field trips!
    17%
  • Overnight trips during freshman and junior year
    17%
  • All grades interacting
    8%
  • Field Day (Relay for Life)
    8%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
235
Free or Reduced Lunch
58%
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.7 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.7 responses
29%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.7 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
31:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$42,509
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.10 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.10 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.10 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
$8,664/ year
National
$12,239
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.8 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.8 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.8 responses
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Hello,

I have a different experience than any regular high school student. Yes, I have missed out on a lot of experiences that a regular high school student does but I wouldn't have changed not going to a regular high school. Rowan Co Early College is like a family. We are all so very close and we help everyone out in every way we can. I am so thankful for my experience at Rowan Co Early College because it was amazing 4 years. I remember getting a letter in the mail letting me know that I was accepted. I could not believe I was an Early College Student. Now, I am a senior and I have put in so much work to be able to get a high school diploma as well as an associate degree in arts. It was not easy, I styaed up late most nights so make sure all of my work was done. I am so ready to get both dipolmas in my hand becuase I worked so hard for them!
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I believe the Early College was created with good intentions in mind but the staffing, lack of funding, and the social isolation of it have made it less than ideal. The teachers genuinely want to see their students succeeded, but the majority of administration lacks care when it comes down to it. The lack of funding is also starting to show. Our high school is setup in trailers which are awful to look at. The interior isn't much better. There is some water damage from over the summer and it isn't spacious enough to fit every grade level in. Finally, the program itself isolates you from kids the same age. We have no teams or clubs that interact with other schools, so the 60 kids that are in your grade are it. After the first year it becomes difficult to relate to other kids your age because you are constantly acting as an adult for your classes and quickly lose your teenage years in doing so. The eventual outcome of the program is great, it's just the environment is less than ideal.
The campus unfortunately only consists of three trailers which is not the best learning environment for Rowan County's "best students". We have petitioned, made clubs, had board meeting discussions about removing the pods and creating a space that is better suited to teach the students. However, all the adults in charge of these things seem very beat down and un-optimistic about the chance the county and the college could work with each other to allow a space to be built. It seems as though they don't want to push for it. The teachers are great and so are the lessons and skills taught in the trailers.