According to research published in late 2010, "North Carolina’s early college high schools are creating more positive school environments for students resulting in improved attendance, reduced suspensions, and increased numbers of students on-track for college. These schools are also successfully expanding the initial part of the college preparatory pipeline for students of all backgrounds."
While many states have Gates Foundation-funded early college high schools, few have state policies aligned with the unique needs of such programs (these schools by and large operate on waivers from certain state policies). North Carolina is among a small # of states that have adopted policies to provide the specific supports such schools need. A short ECS report identifies the model components of a state-level early college high school policy--and North Carolina's commendable set of state policies are highlighted throughout.