Mission: To graduate confident, ethically responsible, lifelong learners who are prepared to succeed in higher education and in the changing world beyond.
Honor Code: As a member of The Early College at Guilford family, I honor academic and personal integrity. I uphold the values of dignity, honesty, integrity, diligence, responsibility, respect and effort.
CEEB/ACT Code: 341 594
LEA-School Number: 410-395
Colors: Burgundy, white and pewter
Overview and History:
The Early College at Guilford offers a rigorous academic experience for students with a distinguished record of academic performance and provides a seamless transition to higher education.
There is a commitment by all associated with the school to continuous improvement and to providing challenging expectations regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or socio-economic status.
Students are valued as individuals with unique physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs. Student learning is the chief priority of the school and is reflected in the careful advising of students, variety of instructional approaches to support learning, and small class environment.
Students have frequent opportunities to explore, discover, assimilate and apply knowledge. Their success is supported with focused intervention and remediation, as necessary.
The concept of the school builds upon the successes and lessons learned from:
- The growing number of small high schools providing intellectual challenge and support for students
- Dual enrollment, advanced placement/international baccalaureate programs, middle college high schools
- A growing body of schools across the nation for advanced learners (gifted and talented students)
EarlyEntrance.org notes: "During the past 25 years, an entirely new class of educational programs has sprung up in the United States. Because of innovative ideas, colleges have found new ways to cater to the very brightest high school age youth. These early entrance programs take entire groups of students who have yet to complete high school and place them in a supportive peer environment within a collegiate setting. In almost every case they are taking college level courses alongside regular college students and are expected to perform to that high standard. In addition to academics, these programs are designed to provide enrichment and support mechanisms for dealing with the unusual transition and other issues unique to young bright students."
The school's academic program has of two levels of study: high school (9th and 10th grades) and college (11th and 12th grades).
The George Wilson White House, located on the southeastern edge of the campus, serves as the school's office complex. It has a student lounge (with a college admissions resource center), reception area for small gatherings, conference room, computer workstations and offices for faculty and staff.
Faculty and students have access to various College facilities. Ninth and 10th grade students attend classes in the Frank Family Science Center and in the Bauman Telecommunications Center. Eleventh and 12th graders take classes across the college campus.
The Hege Library contains over 240,000 books, periodicals, non-print media (almost 700,000 available through electronic databases) and provides study space for 400 users. The library includes a complete array of services, the Friends Historical Collection, the Friends Center at Guilford College, an academic skills Center and the nine-room Guilford College Art Gallery.
The Ragan-Brown Physical Education Center includes an indoor swimming pool, weight room, basketball, racquetball and handball courts. Outdoor sports facilities include eight tennis courts, a wooded running trail, several playing fields with competition surfaces for baseball, soccer and lacrosse, and a 3,000-seat stadium with a running track.
The recently opened Frank Family Science Center - with laboratories, classrooms and student spaces - was designed from the inside out by the science faculty of the college.
Founders Hall houses the college's cafeteria, among other services. The dining hall features an all-you-care-to-eat format.