The Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School opened academic year 2004-2005, starting in the classroom wing of the H. M. Michaux Jr. School of Education at North Carolina Central University. The high school operates from the campus of NCCU in its own building location (former Robinson Science building). The school is one of a unique, innovative and collaborative small schools partnership between North Carolina Central University and Durham Public Schools. The school initially enrolled 84 students and its current enrollment has grown to nearly 350 students and five graduations. The high school is designed to allow students to complete a rigorous high school curriculum while embracing the culture of higher education. The School of Education is proud of its commitment to share a major role in its efforts to help shape the lives of young people and enrich their academic and learning opportunities through teaching, training, professional development and other diverse cultural experiences. The high school serves students in grades 9-12th and is cost-free while enrolled in high school.
The mission of the Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School (JDC-ECHS) is to expand learning opportunities for students, to offer a rigorous curriculum that includes college courses leading to two years of college credit, and to provide in-depth support for the students in rigorous academic classes. Ideally, the high school and its academic program continues to make a significant difference with preparing high school students to either continue their college education or to complete high school and become better prepared citizens for the “real” world of work.