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Distance Education and Extended Programs

We provide world-caliber teaching to the students of North Carolina through distance education.

NCSSM Provides:

  • cost-free access to top-notch teachers

  • rigorous and innovative coursework

  • a variety of proven and effective delivery systems

About NCSSM Distance Education

NCSSM began offering distance education courses via the Information Highway in 1994. Since that time, over 10,000 students have participated in video courses for high school credit—many of them in Advanced Placement. While the program initially served rural schools, it has expanded to include all North Carolina schools. As video has become cheaper and broadband access to schools has increased, the program has grown, with new courses being added regularly.

NCSSM Online welcomed its first cohort, the class of 2010, in 2008. This program, which includes weekly synchronous sessions, on-campus summer symposium courses, and residential weekends throughout the school year, welcomes students to the NCSSM experience without requiring that they leave their home communities. Students receive textbooks and college counseling, and are eligible to participate in some NCSSM extracurricular activities, even attending prom at NCSSM.

Students participating in NCSSM Distance Education courses routinely advance to the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country, including UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State University, Duke University, California Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, the United States Air Force Academy, and others. Participants have received numerous scholarships, including the Morehead-Cain Scholarship and the Park Scholarship.

These programs remain tuition-free to all students.