“The transition from high school to college is much easier because they are learning on a college campus and they get comfortable with the layout. At Early College we help students to effectively communicate with their instructors and provide support to ensure their success,” Sallad said. “We only have 12 teachers, so the small group instruction allows students to get comfortable because they know their teacher. We’re somewhat of a family.”
When Sallad assumed the principal position in 2011, she said one of the major challenges has been establishing “who we are.”
“When I first came, parents and students expressed their need for an identity,” she said. “Now, we know who we are. We may not have a homecoming court but we have a coronation. Students feel and know they will never be separate from their home campuses. We’ve built relationships with all of the main schools so now parents and students feel like they are part of both.”
Applications to apply for the GCEC program begins in winter of 6th grade for Baldwin and Putnam county schools. By the time students graduate with a high school diploma, more than 50 hours of college course work can be earned. GCEC students also have the chance to participate in a number of clubs, including poetry, glee, fitness, yearbook, violin, science/technology, math/engineering and the debate team.
Going into the future, Sallad hopes to improve the school’s organizational structure and distinguish students, faculty and parents more often where it’s due diligence.
“We would like to focus more on service learning this year, be more organized in what we do, provide more recognition of students each month and focus on our teachers and parents. In the midst of these past two years in reorganizing and rebuilding, we want to focus on showing our appreciation and enhancing what we’ve already put in place,” Sallad said. “We’re really grateful for our parents who have helped tremendously with activities that focus on culture and climate. This year we were fortunate to have community mentors that mentored seniors and were instrumental in helping students seek out colleges. I personally thank the Baldwin and Putnam county board of education because I couldn’t ask for a better team of administrators to work with.”
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