NCSSM Online connects some of the best high school students in NC; students are recognized at the end of the program and receive a NCSSM transcript.
NCSSM Online is a program of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, located in the former Watts Hospital in Durham, NC. NCSSM is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina.
- Formal planning began in 2007, with 78 students entering as the Class of 2010 in Fall 2008.
- An advisory committee of faculty, staff, administration, students, and parents helped to plan the initial year of the program.
- The program is tuition free, and required textbooks are provided.
Students are chosen between direct applicants to the NCSSM Online program, and residential program applicants that complete an additional application for the online program.
- Approximately 190 students (2012-13) are currently enrolled in NCSSM Online with both a junior and senior class.
- Online program students come from 68 counties throughout North Carolina, with current students and alums from Cherokee to Nags Head, Sparta to Southport, and Eden to Laurinburg and many places inbetween.
- Current online program students represent 142 different secondary education institutions including public schools, private schools, and home-schooled students.
- Class of 2014 had a mean entering SAT score of 1767 (M+CR+W) at sophomore year
Faculty and Academics
We are offering 29 unique courses in 2012-13 taught by 17 NCSSM faculty during a fall/spring semester and a summer session, some offer multiple sections.
- Class sizes are 25 students or less.
- 87% of students taking the AP exams for an NCSSM Online course scored a 3, 4, or 5.
- Residential program students also are able to enroll in some NCSSM Online courses, when space permits.
- Alumni have won prestigious awards including the Morehead-Cain (UNC Chapel Hill) and Park Scholarship (NC State). Their colleges of attendance are listed in our current profile.
- Notation on a local school schedule and transcript, with the approval of a local school.
- A NCSSM transcript and profile, which can be included in scholarship and college applications.
- Broadened experiences via interaction with fellow students and NCSSM faculty that improve team-building and critical thinking needed to succeed in college.
- Experience with curriculum, software, and advanced academic topics not normally used in high schools.
- Access to NCSSM faculty, select NCSSM events, and a broader awareness of potential competitions, scholarships, and college opportunities.
- NCSSM faculty written college letters of recommendation for some of their NCSSM Online students.