The goal of The Early College at Guilford's admissions process is to admit capable and diverse students. The Admissions Team reviews applications and accompanying documentation of prospective 9th graders and - as spaces are available - of students entering 10th, 11th or 12th grades. The Admissions Team conducts individualized reviews of each applicant based upon all of the information contained in each file. The team is charged with the responsibility as educators to match each student to the educational setting in which she or he can experience the most success. Although the school has a threshold level of minimum qualification, the team does not automatically admit or deny any applicant who meets that minimum threshold without an individualized evaluation of her or his application. Students must meet or exceed the parameters of at least three of the four items listed below:
- Grades: B average; unweighted grade point average of 3.0 or better
- Standardized Test Results: End-of-Grade/End-of-Course results, scores mostly at performance level 4 with a few at 3; PSAT/SAT results, when scores are available
- References: Positive academic and positive community references (at least one of each)
- Essay: A minimum score of 2 on a 3 point holistic scale
- Guilford College Application: Thoughtful and thorough responses (rising 11th and 12th graders only)
The Admissions Team uses a holistic approach to admissions and considers the following information - in addition to the aforementioned - when reviewing applications:
- Leadership or service experience
- Intellectual curiosity and ability to do accelerated work
- Interest in early college concept
- Unique talents or interests
- Motivation and self-discipline
- Advanced Learner identification
- Rigor/difficulty of middle/high school courses taken
Students' overall profiles must indicate a level of readiness necessary for success in an accelerated high school curriculum that includes full-time college work for eleventh and twelfth grade years. Once admitted to the school, a team will review each profile at the end of the academic year. Failure to meet or exceed grade-level advancement qualifications may result in probationary advancement or reassignment to one's sender school.
Appeals of admissions decisions must be made in writing and sent to the team. Separate letters should come from the student and her or his parent/guardian. Letters must outline the rationale for the appeal and cite evidence to support the appeal. Additionally, the team may consult the sender school about a student's performance and level of readiness. Parents and guardians may appeal the decision of the team to a panel of the school board.