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Early College High School (ECHS), located on the Palmer Campus of Trident Technical College is a small, personalized learning program for students enrolled in Charleston County School District (CCSD). ECHS is a partnership between Charleston County School District and Trident Technical College (TTC). Early College High School serves students who have the academic potential, desire, and determination to be successful in high school and beyond.

ECHS is designed to allow students the opportunity to complete up to two years of college credit while earning a high school diploma as part of a coherent educational program that serves the developmental and intellectual needs of young people. As part of a research-based model, students participate in a summer bridge program after eighth grade and spend ninth grade focusing on high school courses while mastering the life and organizational skills required for success in college. When they demonstrate that they are ready, students will begin to take college classes, dual credit courses, and work at internships and apprenticeships. 

All applicants must be a rising ninth-grade student and have the following minimum winter MAP scores:
Math RIT 225 
LEXILE 900

Students who have been identified as Gifted and Talented are not eligible to apply.


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Sophomores invited to join Trident Tech event featuring politician
Mayor John Tecklenburg came to Trident Technical College on October 17 to have coffee with his constituents and students from the school.  READ MORE... about Sophomores invited to join Trident Tech event featuring politician
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Ms. Stephanie King brings famous cartoonist father to campus
Charles King, a famous cartoonist, visited the school October 23-24 to draw each student a portrait. King is the father of the Current Events teacher, Ms. Stephanie King, and has been drawing cartoons for 45 years.  READ MORE... about Ms. Stephanie King brings famous cartoonist father to campus
Teacher of the Year, Ms. Houston, and fellow nominee, Ms. Broadway
Commitment to students and staff named as reason for Ms. Houston's nomination
Ms. Jennifer Houston was named Teacher of the Year for her work with supporting students and staff at the school. Ms. Houston teaches sophomores in Developmental Math and Geometry.  READ MORE... about Commitment to students and staff named as reason for Ms. Houston's nomination
Students meet authors Daniel Arnold and Stephanie Garber
Inspiring writers get advice from published authors
In anticipation of Ya’ll Fest, a local writing festival held over the weekend, two authors visited the campus on Nov. 9 to speak to students about their writing careers.  READ MORE... about Inspiring writers get advice from published authors