Innovative High Schools

WCPS offers a variety of innovative and engaging programs in every school. This site offers a snapshot of information for four innovative schools.

Wayne Early/Middle College High School

Wayne Early/Middle College High School is a WCPS high school located on the campus of Wayne Community College. Students have the opportunity to complete their North Carolina high school graduation requirements and a two-year Associate Degree or two years of college transfer courses in a 4-5 year period. Students do not pay for tuition or purchase college textbooks. Students are dually enrolled in high school and college courses. All high school courses are offered at the honors level. Early College students are contained on the second floor of the Hocutt and Dogwood Buildings for the first two years. WEMCHS offers a small learning community where teachers and students have close relationships. Emphasis is placed on the “3 Rs” – Rigor, Relevance and Relationships. Students enjoy small class sizes and personalized instruction.

Students are academically able to handle the rigorous curriculum. WEMCHS accept students from across the county. Its population should reflect the demographics of the school district with an emphasis on first generation college students. The target population is 65 students per grade level. WEMCHS currently has over 250 students.

Benefits to being a WEMCHS Student: 

  • Dual enrollment with Wayne Community College

  • Personalized Education Plans

  • Small class size

  • Honors level courses

  • Character & Leadership Development

  • College Preparation

  • Access to Community College Library and resources

  • High School diploma and college degree

  • Participation in 1:1 Laptop Initiative for all students

Visit the Wayne Early/Middle College High School website by clicking on WEMCHS Website

Wayne School of Engineering

Located on the beautiful Goldsboro High School campus, Wayne School of Engineering opened its doors in the fall of 2007 as a redesigned innovative high school with a focus in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  WSE has been able to provide students from every part of Wayne County a rigorous educational experience and opportunity to obtain college credit through Wayne Community College. In 2012, WSE expanded to include middle grades.

Wayne School of Engineering is an academically challenging school that provides the nurturing environment necessary for student growth and success.  The school offers a unique educational experience designed to ready students for high school. Students will be exposed to a curriculum which is designed to build problem solving, higher order thinking and teamwork. 

The Wayne School of Engineering student is looking to advance him or herself through a rigorous curriculum that places an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 

Visit the Wayne School of Engineering website by clicking on WSE Website

Wayne School of Technical Arts


In December of 2020, the Wayne County Board of Commissioners, Wayne County Board of Education, and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to:

Form a cooperative relationship and engage in dialogue regarding the development of a new (or partnering) school as part of the Wayne County Public Schools (WCPS), operated by the WCBE, on SJAFB, utilizing SJAFB facilities provided via a real property instrument, and support by the BOCC.

Curriculum & Program Planning

Wayne School of Technical Arts will offer students a STEM-themed education, with both technical course offerings and advanced placement courses.

The core academic program at WSTA is designed to meet NC Career and College Ready requirements, including math, science, social studies, English, and world languages.

Students will have the opportunity to earn the AP Capstone Diploma Endorsement, and/or the opportunity to earn industry credentials in a technical arts field of study.

When fully populated, WSTA will serve 420 students in grades 6-12.

Selected via lottery, WSTA will admit 60 students per grade, with 50% being military connected and 50% from across the WCPS district.

In fall 2022, the school will open with 180 students in grades 6, 9, and 10.  The following two years students will be selected to fill grades 6 and 9, until the full student population is achieved.

Grades 6-8: Students will be enrolled in humanities, integrated math/science courses, and career and technical courses in MineCraft computer programming (introductory, intermediate, and advanced), along with health and physical education.

Grades 9-12: Students will continue their studies with robust core course offerings to include pre-AP courses in math, science and history, preparing them for success in an AP Capstone program including AP seminar, AP research, and a minimum of four additional AP courses selected from humanities and STEM fields.

CTE options:  STEM courses including Digital Design and Animation, Game Art Design, and Drone Technology.

Access to resources on base at SJAFB, and  Wayne Community College, will provide opportunities to earn articulated credits, college transfer credits, and industry credentials.

Draft Curriculum, Detailed by Grade

Visit the Wayne School of Technical Arts website by clicking on WSTA Website.