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Early College High School

School Information

Palmer CampusDirector: Vanessa Denney 
Address: 66 Columbus Street
City & Zipcode: Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: (843) 720-5701
Fax: None


Grades: 9 - 12
Type of School: Secondary
Enrollment: 93
Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Early College High School

Early College High School (ECHS), located on the Palmer Campus of Trident Technical College is a small, personalized learning program for students enrolled in Charleston County School District (CCSD). ECHS is a partnership between Charleston County School District and Trident Technical College (TTC). Early College High School will serve students who have the academic potential, desire, and determination to be successful in high school and beyond.

ECHS is designed to allow students the opportunity to complete up to two years of college credit while earning a high school diploma as part of a coherent educational program that serves the developmental and intellectual needs of young people. As part of a research-based model, students participate in a summer bridge program after eighth grade and spend ninth grade focusing on high school courses while mastering the life and organizational skills required for success in college. When they demonstrate that they are ready, students will begin to take college classes, dual credit courses, and work at internships and/or apprenticeships. Students excel at each challenge with the support of their ECHS teachers and counselors in an encouraging environment.

The first class of up to 100 ninth grade students attends school on TTC’s Palmer Campus. By being on the TTC Campus, the school will allow students to experience a real college setting, attend real college courses, and begin to build their resume as a college student. The school will add grade levels 10-12 in the following years, with the first class graduating in June 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

Related YouTube Videos:

CCSD Today: Early College High School
Learning the ECHS Lesson - Stories of CCSD (5.11.2017)
School Board Member Rev. Dr. Eric Mack Speaks about ECHS (4.25.2017)



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