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After an opening day assembly, the inaugural students of the Early College High School quickly got down to academic business.

  The 1st Day of the Early College HS -- Photo Slideshow

The Early College High School at Delaware State University is now a reality!

After several years of planning, the DSU Early College High School opened its doors on Aug. 25 to its first class of 132 ninth-graders, who began their first day of the new school year.

For images from the first day, click on the below photo slideshow followed by additional information about the first day of ECHS classes.

Some students arrived by school bus while others were brought by their parents to the current ECHS site within the DSU Living and Learning Commons, just north of the DSU main campus.

The students and some parents attended a morning special opening assembly in which Dr. Judi Coffield, ECHS director, welcomed them and introduced the school’s five faculty members, as well as the guidance counselor and school nurse.

The first semester course load for the students includes University Seminar, Micro-Computer Application, Chorus and/or Band, Student Leadership, Intro to Art, and Animal Science. Through those dual-credit courses, the students will be earning both high school and college credits.

The ECHS provides a curriculum with a strong STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) emphasis. Students will be able to earn as many as 60 college credit hours while they are completing their high school requirement.

Joining Dr. Coffield in the inaugural year of the ECHS are

  • Nancey Cannon, science teacher
  • Antoinette Cheek, mathematics teacher
  • Robert Grimm – social studies and special education
  • Grace Parfitt – English teacher
  • Alyssa Wright – STEM and Science
  • Michael Roscoe – guidance counselor
  • Kathryn Krieger – school nurse
  • Nikeia Thompson – administrative assistant

Several volunteers are also donating their time to assist with the school’s operation – Lavonne Barnett, Thomasa Brewington, Shanika Martin, Letitia Williams and Joyce M. Wilson.