The Early College Academies of
James Benson Dudley High School began the “Academy” concept in the late 1980s as a Math, Science, & Technology (MST) Academy deeming it the most established and oldest high school option/academy program in the district. The MST program offered an enriching 4-year curriculum of honors and advanced placement courses that placed heavy emphasis on these 3 areas. In 2002, the Magnet Academy concept was transformed into a High School Options Early College Academy. This initiative allows students to engage in a 3-year rigorous course of study at Dudley High and upon their success they will receive one year of cost-free tuition, fees and non-consumable books to a participating cohort college or university in Guilford County. Those who take full advantage of the senior dual-enrollment year avail themselves to the following benefits:
Exposure to the college experience
High scholarship potential to choice college
Credit hours earned (possibility of being a sophomore upon entering college)
A challenging environment that stimulates learning, encourages academic development, and perpetuates maturity.
Ability to foster academic rigor, substantiate academic relevance and form beneficial relationships.
Over the past 3 years, Dudley’s Early College Academy seniors have earned over 10 million dollars in scholarships as a part of the great James Benson Dudley High School, which led the Guilford County Schools district in the number of Academic Scholarships received from 2008-2010. The Dudley Early College Academy students have been accepted to and matriculated to over 45 different schools to include; Ivy League, private, state, land-grant, and historically black colleges and universities-many as second semester freshmen or first semester sophomores on partial and full scholarships.