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UNC Charlotte has a $20 million plan to build a CMS high school on campus

Sara von Muller, one of four teachers at Charlotte Early Teacher College high school, explains a lesson to ninth-graders.
Sara von Muller, one of four teachers at Charlotte Early Teacher College high school, explains a lesson to ninth-graders. ahelms@charlotteobserver.com

Even as the Charlotte Teacher Early College high school starts small, UNC Charlotte has long-term plans for its on-campus high school.

The goal is to build a $20 million high school at the northeast Charlotte campus, housing both the pre-engineering school that is entering its fourth year and the school for prospective teachers that opened with 50 students Aug. 7. It would be built at the site near the college football stadium that currently houses the Charlotte Engineering Early College High temporary classrooms.

UNCC already has $3 million pledged and hopes to raise $7 million more, then go to the state for the other half, said Ellen McIntyre, dean of UNCC’s Cato College of Education.

The two “early college” high schools at UNCC offer five-year programs that let students take tuition-free college credits while they meet high school graduation requirements, with the final year focusing exclusively on college classes. The engineering school opened with ninth-graders in 2014 and now has 320 students in grades 9-12. The teacher school has just opened with 50 freshmen.

Will Leach, who is principal of both schools, said the goal is to have 600 to 650 in the combined building.

Ann Doss Helms: 704-358-5033, @anndosshelms

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