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Are you interested in attending
Henderson County Early College?

HCEC is not a traditional high school.

Students who attend HCEC will graduate in five years with a high school diploma and an opportunity to earn a two-year associate degree with transferable credits to a four-year university.

Students interested in attending must complete an application and be accepted to HCEC. Students who attend HCEC must be willing to accept the responsibility for their academic growth in a rigorous environment and have the potential to succeed in college classes with the support of a caring faculty.

Applications for the 2022-2023 school year is now available in the front office or contact Mandi Willingham at or Sherry Heath at for an electronic copy.

8th grade presentation

Frequently asked questions

We are located at 300 East Campus Drive, Flat Rock, N.C. 28731 in the Innovative High Schools building. We are located in the Parkhill building.


Directions to HCEC

Recruitment sessions will be held for the middle schools. Sessions will be scheduled for January 18, 2022 – January 28, 2022, exact dates and times will be listed below for each school.

The deadline for student applications to their school counselors will be February 18, 2022 and will be due to Early College on February 25, 2022.

8th Grade Presentations will be scheduled as follows and will include Q and A sessions.

  • Flat Rock Middle School, Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 11:15 a.m.
  • Immaculata Catholic School, TBD
  • Mountain Community School, TBD
  • Apple Valley Middle School, Friday, January 28, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Hendersonville Middle School, Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Rugby Middle School, Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 1:15 p.m.
  • HCEC Open House Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Prospective student interviews will be scheduled March 21, 2022 – March 31, 2022. TBD

Student interviews

Student interviews are an essential piece of the application process and in order to be considered you must attend.

Each time frame will last approximately 1 hour. If you have any issues with your scheduled time, please call the Early College.


If you pass Step 1 of our application process, you will be asked to come to a Student Interview Night.





This page was last modified by Sherry Carroll on Jan 24, 2022 @ 9:20 am