TCL Early College Program

What is an Early College?

The primary advantage of the Early College model is the opportunity for students to complete two years of college while in high school. Students can earn a college credential in the form of a certificate or degree while also earning their standard high school diploma. While most Early Colleges are found on technical college campuses, the concept at Whale Branch Early College High School is woven into the daily operations of a public high school. WBECHS students have the option to take college-level classes on both the WBECHS and TCL campuses.


Who is allowed to attend?

WBECHS serves students in the Whale Branch designated attendance area. In addition, students from other communities in Beaufort County can choose to apply. All students that do not reside in the WBECHS designated attendance area must achieve an acceptable score on the Technical College of the Lowcountry’s COMPASS entrance exam before they are allowed to enroll.


Which college courses are offered?

WBECHS students have taken several courses through the TCL Early College Program, including:

American History: 1877 to Present
American History: Discovery to 1877
American Literature I
American Literature II
Biological Science I
Biological Science II
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
English Composition I
English Composition II
Growth & Development I
Intermediate Algebra
Intro to Computers
Intro to Early Childhood
Microcomputer Applications
Probability & Statistics
Teacher Cadet
Western Civilization Post 1689
Western Civilization to 1869


How much does it cost students to take college courses at WBECHS?

WBECHS is a public high school; therefore, there are no additional fees/costs for students who take dual enrollment courses through the Technical College of the Lowcountry. Students should expect to pay the same fees they would incur at any district high school.


Will transportation be provided for students who do not live in the WBECHS attendance zone?

If there is sufficient demand, transportation may be provided from satellite stations across the district. Regional bus stops will be determined that are easily accessible to students across the county.


What scores do I need on the Compass/Asset Test?

  • ASSET TEST is published and distributed by the American College Testing (ACT).  The ASSET test is paper-based with two components: Basic Skills and Advanced Math.  The Basic Skills part of the ASSET test assesses the student in the areas of language arts, reading comprehension and basic mathematical functions.  It is used as a placement took during admission to academic programs.  The test is composed of multiple-choice questions.
  • COMPASS  TEST is an untimed, computerized test that helps colleges evaluate skills and place students into appropriate courses.  COMPASS offers tests in reading, writing, math and writing essay.  COMPASS test results are received immediately upon completion of testing.

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