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Welcome Back Specialty High Schools

City of Medicine Academy, J.D. Clement Early College High School, Middle College High School and New Tech High school welcomed their students to the 2019-20 school year today.  These four small high schools run on a calendar similar to the college calendar and have unique offerings for their students.

City of Medicine Academy is a small learning community and a national model designed to educate and train students to work in the field of health services and medical care.  The school serves almost 400 students in grades 9-12.

Students attend both core academic and health sciences classes. CMA partners with the local medical community to provide field experiences for students in the form of clinic rotations and internships at local offices and facilities. In addition, CMA accelerated students through their required academic core classes to put them on track for dual enrollment opportunities with Durham Technical Community College.   

Housed on North Carolina Central University’s campus, J.D. Clement Early College High School provides expanded learning opportunities for students, offer students a rigorous curriculum including college courses leading up to two years of college credit, and provide in-depth support for students in those rigorous academic classes.

The school's small size (approximately 400 students) allows for individualized instruction. ECHS students graduate with a high school diploma, plus up to two years of college credit toward a bachelor's degree. By combining high school classes with college classes, students are better prepared to complete a four-year degree and enter into high-skill careers.   

Middle College High School is a Durham Public Schools high school that accepts students from Durham Public Schools, Orange County Schools, and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City schools. Applicants must reside in Durham County or Orange County and is for 11th and 12th graders who would like to challenge themselves by taking honors level high school courses, and college credit courses at Durham Technical Community College. By attending MCHS, students are able to graduate from high school with a year or more of college transfer credit, with some students earning an associate’s degree at the same time as their high school diploma.

Housed on Durham Technical Community College’s campus, MCHS offers students a unique and non-traditional high school environment, flexibility, free college credit and access to DTCC’s facilities and services.

New Tech High School is a rigorous and innovative interdisciplinary (STEM) high school where students engage in collaborative real-world designed to build strong working relationships with teachers, fellow students, and community partners.

New Tech is designed to offer an alternative to the traditional high school experience and provide students with a uniquely different learning environment enriched with a one-to-one computer-to-student ratio. The teachers and staff at New Tech are dedicated to ensuring students understand how the educational content relates to real-world experiences. That is done by making sure that students have access to the technologies they will encounter in higher education and the workplace, and by teaching them 21st-century skills.

To learn more about these schools and how you can apply to attend one of these magnet schools, please visit one of these websites: