Early College High School

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Early College High Schools are small schools, usually located on a community college campus. The four-year program is designed to provide students who desire a non-traditional high school experience with the opportunity to earn both a high school diploma and an associate's degree, or up to two years of credit toward a bachelor's degree.

Nationwide, there are more than 200 early colleges, but the Golden Triangle Early College High School (ECHS) was the first early college model of its kind in Mississippi. There are now six early colleges in Mississippi.  

The Golden Triangle ECHS is a partnership among East Mississippi Community College, the Mississippi Department of Education, and Mississippi State University. It opened its doors on EMCC's Golden Triangle campus in August 2015.

There are currently 222 students attending GTECHS in grades 9-12. GTECHS will hold its first graduation ceremony in May 2019.

While traditional extra-curricular activities such as sports, band, and ROTC are not offered in our program, students have the opportunity to participate in club activities based on personal interest. Current club activities include Intramural Sports, Choir, Service, Gaming, Media, Debate, Science Fair, and Gardening. Honor Societies include National Beta Club and National Honor Society.

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Early College High School Partnership

Golden Triangle Early College High School is a partnership among Mississippi State University, East Mississippi Community College and the Mississippi Department of Education. For more information, contact:


East Mississippi Community College
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  • On-Site Classes
    Late Start Semester
    Register by February 6
    First day of classes February 4
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    Online Semester
    Register by January 23
    First day of classes January 22