J.D. Clement Early College High School

1801 Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC 27707
(NCCU Robinson Science Building)
Phone: (919) 560-2696 Fax: (919) 560-2698


The mission of the Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School is to provide 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.


Early College High Schools are small high schools from which students may leave with sufficient college credits to enter a four-year, liberal arts program as a junior. Early College High Schools focus on students for whom a smooth transition into postsecondary education is challenging: low - income students, minority students, English Language learners, and first - generation, college - bound students.


The school's small size (approximately 400 students) will provide the opportunity for individualized instruction. Students will graduate with a high school diploma, plus up to two years of college credit toward a bachelor's degree. By creating a structure in which the high school years are compressed with the number of years required to receive college degrees, the Early College High School will be centered around improving graduation rates and better preparing students for entry into high-skills careers.

The Early College High School is also designed to substantially increase the number of minority and female students who will pursue advanced studies and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).


  • You must APPLY ONLINE as well as SUBMIT THE PAPER APPLICATION to the school to be eligible for the lottery.
  • Criteria : **The lottery is conducted based on applicants who meet all or most of the criteria**
    • First Generation College Completer
    • English Language Learners
    • Economically Disadvantaged
    • Transcript Review
  • Complete the online application between Jan. 11, 12:00 a.m. and Feb 1, 5:00 p.m.
  • If offered a seat, ACCEPT or DECLINE the seat online by March 18 at 5:00 p.m.
The Math Mentoring Program is funded by Dr. Steve Shafroth, North Carolina Central University, GlaxoSmithKline Inc., Amgen Foundation, and Texas Instruments, Inc, supported by Durham Public Schools, and administered in conjunction with the North Carolina Chapter of the Women And Mathematics Network.