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Student Handbook


Mr. Nelson Johnston



Bookkeeper, Secretary, Office Manager

Ms. Charlisa Howard

School Counselor/ Data Manager

Mrs. Ashley Skinner

Career Counselor

Mrs. Marsha Spell


English Teachers

Ms. Kimberly Jones

Ms. Katrice Brown

Ms. Olympia Jenkins


Math Teacher

Ms. Monica Campbell

Mrs. Joyce Kelley

Mr. Jay Long


History Teachers

Mrs. Kimberly Smith

Mrs. Karen Stallings


Science Teacher

Mr. Nicholas Johnson

Mr. Kenneth Schaffer

Ms. Amber Dew


College Liaison

Mr. Zach Temple




Mission Statement

Wilson Early College Academy (WECA), through shared leadership, will offer accelerated academics in both high school and college courses in small, learner-centered classes.  Students will have equal access to highly challenging course work and innovative learning experiences that build upon their passions and interests.  Students will be afforded unique support to demonstrate genuine concern for the whole person.  Academic, emotional, and social interventions will build integrity, self-confidence and character in WECA students which will ensure their ability to graduate from high school and college and become productive 21st century citizens.


School Vision

Wilson County Schools (WCS) and Wilson Community College (WCC) envision the creation of a small, personalized learning community to ensure an environment of academic rigor that leads to higher learning and personal growth that will sustain students as they prepare to be productive 21st century citizens.




Class Performance Evaluation

The student's evaluation is based upon testing, classroom assignments, and participation.  Parents are encouraged to study the report card carefully and to schedule conferences with teachers to discuss the student's progress.  The grading system used in report cards for the Concentrated Curriculum is as follows:


                                                                A = 90 - 100

                                                                B = 89 - 80

                                                                C = 79 - 70

                                                                D = 69 - 60

                                                                F = 59 & Below 




In the high school program, the number of units completed will determine the pupil's progress.  The following units under the Concentrated Curriculum will be required:


Promotion to                                         Units Required

Grade 10                                                 6 (including English I)

Grade 11                                                 13 (including English II)

Grade 12                                               21 (including English III)

Graduation                                             28 (including English IV)



This list is comprised of students who receive A's in each subject each nine weeks.


The honor roll will be figured based upon GPA averaged as follows:

A Honor Roll - minimum of a 4.0 GPA

B Honor Roll - minimum of a 3.0 GPA



Membership in the NHS is an honor bestowed upon a student.  Selection for membership is by a faculty council and is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, and service.  Procedures for selection are publicized annually.


The selection of the valedictorian and the salutatorian will be conducted in accordance with Wilson County School's Policy.


The state of North Carolina requires all public high schools to use standardized transcripts and to calculate the grade point average and class rank by a standard method.  All courses are assigned the same quality point value except those courses designated as honors and advanced placement (AP).  Each honors course will receive one additional quality point and each advanced placement course will receive two additional quality points.  Grades will be weighted as follows:



























Grade point averages are often utilized to ascertain eligibility for college or university entrance, class rank, or standing on the honor roll or principal's list.  To calculate a GPA, set up three columns.  In the 1st column, put the course title.  In the 2nd column, list the grade letter.  In the 3rd column, record the points for that grade according to the quality point chart above.  Add up the points in the 3rd column, and divide by the number of subjects listed.  This final number is your GPA.

For Example:                          




Math I



English I - Honors






Physical Science







                                                GPA = 14/4 = 3.500

Class rank will be determined by comparing one student's academic performance with the performance of all other students' at the same grade level.  Parents should help students review the academic course levels and carefully select the courses most appropriate for the student.


At the end of the year, an awards day is held.  At this time, various awards are presented to students who excel in academics. 


The recognition of Marshals will be awarded based on the following criteria:

  1. The top 4 juniors with a minimum of a 3.5 GPA at the end of the 5th six weeks will be selected as Marshall.  If there is more than one student with the same GPA at the number four position, all students tied for 4th will be included as Marshals. 
  2. Marshals will be recognized and have formal duties at Awards Day and Graduation.
  3. To be a marshal, students must not have any discipline referrals.


You will have homework daily.  There are several reasons for this homework:

  1. To provide extra practice on learned skills.
  2. To provide further learning in areas covered in the classroom.
  3. To provide opportunities for students to learn good work habits.
  4. To provide opportunity for growth in responsibility.
  5. To provide parents with opportunities to see you studying & how well you are doing.

We think learning is important and that learning should continue after school hours.  The daily homework in no way is to be viewed as punishment, but rather as a way for encouraging and extending learning.


Tutoring sessions will be provided for all students to clear up any deficiencies on College Placement Tests and/or for core academic areas.


Schedule changes will be considered and made on an individual basis based on student's individual needs.


Students taking EOC classes must meet certain criteria in order to receive credit for the course, including passing the teacher portion (course grade of 70 or better), passing the test portion (level III), and meeting the attendance standard (see attendance policies).  The following accountability guidelines will apply to all EOC classes:

  1. The course grade will be determined by averaging the two nine-week grades (40% each) and the EOC exam grade (20%). 
  2. If a student receives a passing average for the teacher portion but does not pass the exam, the grade will be reported as "F".  
  3. If a student fails both the test and the teacher portion, the grade will be reported as "F" (failing).  
  4. Attendance requirements will also be considered prior to reporting grades.  Students with more than 8 absences in an EOC class will be given an "F" regardless of the teacher grade and/or EOC score.

NOTE:  EOC classes include English II, Math I, and Biology


Students are under a year contract to attend Wilson Early College Academy.  Students who withdraw will not be released from the Early College to attend any of the three high schools during the current school year once the contract has been signed. Those students that want to return to their base school "just because" will be required to meet with the superintendent of WCS.



Students in Grades 9-12 must be present in class for a minimum of eighty-two (82) days for a semester course (must have no more than eight (8) absences from the class).  Students in Grades 9-12 must be present for a minimum of one hundred and sixty- four (164) days for a yearlong course (must have no more than sixteen (16) absences from the class).  If the minimum attendance requirement is not satisfied, the student will not receive credit for the course, and no numerical grad shall be recorded for the course or applied toward the student's grade point average.

Students in Grades 9-12 may make up a maximum of five (5) absences per semester course, and a maximum of ten (10) absences per yearlong course.  Absences may be made up during non-instructional time on an hour-to-hour basis.  Make-up time must begin no later than five (5) days after returning to school following the absences, and must be completed with the grading period in which the absence occurred unless an exception is approved by the principal.



Three (3) tardies = Three (3) days BSD

Six (6) tardies = Three (3) days BSD

Nine (9) tardies = Three (3) days BSD

Ten (10) or more tardies = Office Referral

NOTE:  Tardies will start over after each semester.



The morning Learning Lab is an option that allows students to make up class time missed.  It is held four (4) times per week regularly and one (1) morning session equals one class period.

A student may make up any time missed from school by attending Learning Lab, regardless of whether the absence was excused, unexcused, or resulted from an out-of-school suspension.  The student is responsible for reporting promptly to the supervisors at the designated time and for having academic work to do during the session.  Anyone who missed part of a session or reports late will not receive credit.

Absences may not be made up after the six weeks in which the absences took place.  Absences may not be made up during exam time.  Absences may not be made up after the semester has ended.  Absences incurred during the first semester must be made up before the end of the semester.

To be considered in attendance for the school day, students must be present for at least three (3) hours of instruction.  According to Wilson County School Board of Education policy, a student must be present 75 minutes in class to be counted present.

Student Conduct


Consequences for Inappropriate Behavior High School









1ST offense






3 Days LD

2nd offense






5 Days LD

3rd offense






3 Days BSD

4th offense


1st offense




5 Days BSD

5th offense


2nd offense




3 Days OSS

6th offense


3rd offense




5 to 10 Days OSS

7th offense


4th offense




5 to 10 Days OSS

8th offense


5th offense


1st offense


5 to 10 Days OSS

9th offense


6th offense


2nd offense


OSS remainder of the school year

NOTE:  Extreme violations of school policy may result in out-of-school suspensions regardless of the number of offenses when deemed necessary by the Principal or designee.

Violations resulting in an out-of-school suspension regardless of the offense number:

  • Failure to report to detention when sent by a school employee
  • Failure to give your name to a school employee (or giving the wrong name)
  • Failure to give up a cell phone or other electronic device when asked by a teacher, substitute, or staff member
  • Gross disrespect to a staff member

Violations resulting in 10 out-of-school suspensions regardless of the offense number:

  • Assault of faculty member, staff member, or volunteer
  • Assault on student (including fighting)
  • Threats against the life of a student, faculty, staff, or volunteer
  • Possession of a weapon or explosive device
  • Possession of or distribution of drugs or alcohol

Violations resulting in recommendation for long-term suspension (remainder of the school year or up to 365 days):

  • Second offense for fighting or assault
  • Possession or use of firearm
  • Bomb threats
  • Second offense for possession or distribution of drugs or alcohol

NOTE:  Students who disrupt class will be sent to Period Detention with an Office Referral.  Failure to report to Period Detention will result in further disciplinary action.

NOTE:  Students are not to congregate in groups at any entrance or hallways that impede the normal and proper flow of student traffic.  Students that fail to disperse after being personally notified by a school employee are in violation of Board Policy 6400-2.06 and are subject to disciplinary action.




In order for WECA to be effective, it is necessary for parents to cooperate and become involved.  They must be familiar with the building policies and procedures.  They should also actively participate in parent-teacher conferences and PTO.


Parents are welcome and encouraged to come to school to talk with your teachers.  Appointments must be made to coincide with the teacher's schedule.  Conferences may be scheduled through the guidance department.  Call Mrs. Skinner @ 252-246-1436.


We are located on the 2nd floor of J building at Wilson Community College.  All visitors to the Wilson Early College Academy must check in at the office and obtain a visitor's pass, which they are to wear throughout their visit.  Unauthorized visitors in the building will be considered trespassing.

Parents are to schedule conferences in advance at times convenient for both teachers and themselves.  Conferences will be scheduled at such times that they do not interrupt or interfere with a teacher's class.  Students are not permitted to have visitors during the school day.




Students will...

  • be in the appropriate area of the room by the designated time.
  • come to class prepared with all the necessary supplies and assignments.
  • show respect, regard, and consideration for themselves and others.
  • refrain from disrupting the learning environment.
  • actively participate in the lesson.


Students who move or whose address is otherwise changed MUST notify the office of the change for modification of records.  Telephone numbers MUST also be updated as often as they change.


Students should not arrive on the campus of Wilson Community College before 10:15 a.m. unless there is a special project or reason for them to be on campus.  Students who ride the bus or who are transported to school by their parents are not to be in the student parking lot before school.  When students arrive on campus, they are expected to immediately report to Wilson Early College and prepare to go to class. 

The school day is concluded at 5:00 p.m. for students.  Unless students have a special reason or a project on which they are working, they are expected to clear campus at 5:00.  Students will not be allowed to wait for extended periods of time for transportation.  All students have access to the school buses and are welcome to make use of this service.  All students, unless supervised in an activity, should be off campus by 5:10 p.m.


After boarding the bus or arriving on campus, a student is considered the responsibility of the school system and is not allowed to leave without checking out in the school office.  Students are urged to stay in school all day.  Doctor or other appointments should be scheduled outside of school hours or on school holidays whenever possible.  If a child needs to be dismissed early, he or she must bring a note to the office before the school day begins.  This note needs to include the reason for requesting early release, the parent's signature, and a phone number where that parent can be reached for verification.  Students should bring a doctor's note when returning to school.

Before leaving school, students must sign out in the office.  Only parents or legal guardians may pick up students.  Failure to follow school procedures for signing out of school will result in disciplinary action.


Wilson Early College Academy is your school.  Students are expected to have respect for school property and to take good care of books, desks, and other furniture and equipment.  Students who destroy or vandalize school or personal property will be required to pay for losses or damages.  If students willfully destroy school property, suspension may be necessary.  If you accidentally damage something, report it to a teacher or the office immediately.


It is essential that students get along with people and conform to established rules and regulations.  In order to establish this desirable educational climate, it is necessary to have an atmosphere that is safe, orderly, and disciplined.  The consequence chart for inappropriate student behavior can be found in your handbook.  Administrators reserve the right to handle any behaviors not explicitly listed and to alter consequences as they deem appropriate.


The participation and cooperation of all students will help in determining the type of service offered to students.  Students are expected to cooperate with the cafeteria workers by helping to keep the cafeteria as clean and pleasant as possible.  The lunchroom manager and staff want to serve you and they solicit your support for improving the cafeteria program.

  • Students should report directly to the cafeteria (multi-purpose room) during the lunch period.  Students are not allowed outside the designated lunch areas without the permission of an administrator or staff member.  Students will not be allowed to remain unsupervised in classrooms.
  • All trays and eating utensils should be removed from the table and placed in the trash can. 
  • Students may purchase lunches by the day or by the week directly from the cafeteria.
  • The throwing of food, napkins, utensils, etc. is prohibited.
  • Students are not to leave the designated areas during lunch without the permission of an administrator or staff member.
  • Glass containers are not allowed on campus for safety reasons.
  • Neither Wilson Early College, nor any other Wilson County School, has open lunch.  Students are expected to remain on campus for lunch.


Driver's Education classes are held in the 1st semester. Class work must be taken before "behind the wheel" training begins. In order to be eligible and to keep a driver's permit   a student must be 15 years of age or older, be enrolled in school, have passed at least three (3) out of four (4) classes the previous semester, and must not be suspended for enumerated student conduct.


Parking permits are available upon request.  Please see College Liaison.


The Counseling Department of Wilson Early College Academy exists to help students, parents, and teachers.  It is important that students become aware of services available so that they can take advantage of all the services offered by the Counseling Department.  Counselors are available to assist and advise each student about personal problems, academic problems, course selection, college choices, scholarships, and career choices. 


College visits must be cleared and prearranged through the Counseling Department and must be approved by the principal. Seniors will be allowed to have two excused absences each semester to attend college-sponsored programs.  A letter from the parent should be presented prior to the visit and a letter from the institution should be presented upon return.


Class Officers are elected to provide leadership to the class throughout the school year.  Students are encouraged to participate in these elections and to select the student best qualified for the office.  The following officers for each class will be elected: President, Vice- President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Reporter.  Class officers must possess a 2.8 or better grade point average.


All students are allowed to participate in high school clubs, but students in grades 10 or higher will be allowed to participate in college clubs with permission from parents, and high school and college representatives.

*Consent forms must be completed prior to participation in college clubs.




In case of a fire emergency, the signal to evacuate the building will alarm.  There will be an evacuation plan posted in each classroom which will instruct students to go to designated areas outside back of building.  Each teacher will instruct you regarding specific procedures.  During fire drills, each student will remain with the teacher.  Failure to do so will result in discipline action being taken.  When the bell sounds to re-enter the building, students should move quickly and quietly back to their classrooms.

*Throughout campus, evacuation plans are posted on light poles.


In case of a tornado emergency, the signal to evacuate the building will alarm.  Everyone will go to his/her assigned area in the corridor or along the inside wall.  There will be a tornado plan posted in each classroom.  When students are asked to assume the "tornado position," they are to do the following:

  • Go downstairs and get between Library and stairwell doors by our restrooms.
  • Position yourself on the floor facing the wall.
  • Remain quiet until "all clear" is sounded.
  • Then move quickly and quietly back to the classroom.

*Throughout campus, evacuation plans are posted on light poles.


If a student is injured or becomes ill at school, he or she is to report to his or her teacher and secure a pass to come to the main office.  If necessary the office staff will try to contact his or her parent.  All students who are injured or become ill must check out through the main office before leaving school. Telephone information is essential.


North Carolina law requires all students enrolled in a North Carolina school to have an immunization record on file.  This form can be secured from the Wilson County Health Department or from the child's personal physician.  A new student may be enrolled temporarily for 30 days.  A certificate must be presented by the 30th day of school or the student will be withdrawn from school as required by North Carolina law.


Students needing doctor prescribed medication while at school must have a statement of permission signed by the parent or guardian.  A labeled bottle with the student's name and dosage is required and should be left in the counseling office.


Parents have the opportunity to purchase school accident insurance for their children.  School-time and twenty-four hour coverage will be available.  An information sheet explaining the program is available in the office.




School bus transportation is a privilege that may be withdrawn for inappropriate behavior.  A student is to ride the bus to which he or she is assigned.  Any emergency request to ride a bus or a different bus must be requested in writing by the parent or guardian and submitted to the office.  Students will be allowed to get off of buses only at school, home, and locations that are in route as requested in writing by the parents.  According to state law, the school bus driver is authorized by the principal to supervise the students who ride the bus to and from school.  As a result, the bus driver is in complete charge of the bus and its occupants at all times.  Students riding the bus must comply with the requests of the driver.


Students with school bus violations will face the following disciplinary action:


1st Offense


2nd Offense

3 day bus suspension

3 rd Offense

5-10 day bus suspension

4th Offense

Bus suspension for remainder of school year

  • Fighting on school bus will result in an automatic suspension from school.
  • Administration reserves the right to further disciplinary action for more serious offenses.


The state of North Carolina provides transportation for all students attending Wilson Early College Academy.  It is a privilege for students to drive their cars on campus; therefore, these students must adhere to the following regulations or be restricted from driving.

  • Each student planning to park a car on school grounds must register the car with the Wilson Community College and pay appropriate parking fees and follow all parking rules established by Wilson Community College.
  • The safe operation of motor vehicles is required.  Vehicles must not travel in excess of 5 miles per hours on campus.  All traffic laws apply. Seat belts are required for driver and ALL passengers. No squalling of tires, reckless driving, racing motors, improper use of brakes, loud music, hanging out of windows, driving on grass or blowing horns for non-safety reasons is permitted, this will result in loss of driving privileges.
  • Once a student enters campus he or she is not allowed to leave without following the procedure for checking out of school.  All students should park and then immediately enter the building.  Students are urged to lock their cars before leaving them.
  • Once a student enters the building he or she can only return to the parking lot with the permission of an administrator.
  • Students may not use their vehicles to illegally take themselves or other students off campus; violations may result in disciplinary action.
  • As a condition of being allowed to park on the school grounds, the student and the student's parent(s) or guardian(s) hereby must agree to allow school officials to search any vehicle at any time.  This includes the trunk and glove compartment areas of the vehicle whether or not it is the vehicle to which the parking permit specifically applies. The school official will search the vehicle if he or she has reasonable suspicion to believe that the student has drugs, weapon(s), alcohol or any prohibited substance as defined in the Alcohol and Drug Policy of the Wilson County Board of Education.


The state of North Carolina has place requirements on high school students to motivate them to achieve academically.  This motivation is in the form of state law, which requires that every high school student must pass at least three units in the previous semester in order to retain their license to drive in the State of North Carolina.

Student grades are reported each semester to the State of North Carolina.  If a student loses his or her license, they are NOT eligible to get their license back until they have demonstrated adequate academic progress at their school.  This will consist of passing 3 of 4 courses in their present semester and 3 of 4 courses in the next semester.  Loss of license for academic reasons will mean at least 2 semesters without driving privileges.




Wilson Early College Cafeteria

Lunch prices for the 2015-2016 school year:

            Paid Lunch $2.50

            Per week $12.50

            Reduced Lunch $0.40

            Per week $2.00

School Meals - The First Step to Learning

The mission of the Child Nutrition staff is to courteously serve well prepared, nutritious meals to enhance the health of the student body.

Loretta Minshew, Cafeteria Manager, and her staff take pride in preparing quality meals for students to give them energy to meet the demands of a busy school day.  At lunch, we offer a choice of entrees served with bread, variety of fruits and vegetables, and flavored milks that are available low-fat and skim.  If you have questions or concerns about your teenager's meals at school, please contact Loretta.



Can I prepay for my teenager's lunch and extras?

Absolutely!  It will be easier for you, your teen and the cafeteria staff if you pre-pay.  Applying funds to an account eliminates the need for remembering and carrying lunch money on a daily basis.  We accept cash or checks.  Just write your teenager's name and lunch number on the check.  We encourage prepayments to be made during or after the breakfast meal.  We will accept prepayments at lunch, however, with so many to feed in such a short time frame, prepayment data entry leads to less time for students to eat, socialize and return to class.

How can I be reassured to the accuracy of my teenagers' account?

Students at Wilson County Schools are assigned a bar code number to be used in the cafeterias.  Your teenager's bar code number will remain the same, year to year, throughout enrollment at Wilson County Schools.  Upon any purchase or prepayment, your teen must enter on a keypad his/her bar code number.  Once entered, the cashier will ask for a name on the account.  For confidentiality and security purposes, we stress to the students not to share their bar code number.  Loretta can also print you an account history report which details your teenager's record of purchases and prepayments over a period of time.