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 ACCUPLACER entrance exam before they are allowed to enroll.
Which college courses are offered?
WBECHS students may take several courses through the TCL Early College Program, including, but not limited to:
- 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 and 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 Accuplacer Test?
Accuplacer Test is a computerized test that helps high schools and colleges evaluate skills and place students into appropriate courses. Accuplacer Test offers tests in reading, math and language/writing essay. Test results are received immediately upon completion of testing.