Welcome to the Mayland Early College High School website!   We are a partnership of the public school systems in Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties in northwestern North Carolina. MECHS is housed on the campus of Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine, NC.

Our Mission 

The Mission of Mayland Early College High School (MECHS) is to provide a personalized learning environment, create a seamless curriculum between high school and college, and provide work-based experiences to students through rigorous, relevant, and responsive instruction emphasizing relationships and leadership development.  Early College High Schools are intended to attract students who often are underrepresented in college: minorities, students from economically disadvantaged families, those whose parents never completed college and those who have not met success in traditional schools and require additional support and structure to accelerate their academic progress.


Students that apply and are accepted to Mayland Early College High School become members of a small, student-centered academic community. Through the collaborative efforts of students, teachers, parents/guardians, business, community, and Mayland Community College, we create a culture that fosters respectful and responsible citizens. Students experience an innovative and flexible approach to learning, which enables them to meet rigorous academic standards. Upon completion of Early College High School, students have to opportunity to be awarded both a North Carolina High School Diploma and an Associate’s Degree from Mayland Community College.

The MECHS student is a capable individual who possesses the maturity and independence to accept the challenges of this progressive school and participating in college classes.  The MECHS student is interested and excited about being part of an intimate community of peers and faculty.  


Mitchell, Avery, and Yancey County Schools will provide transportation to students accepted into MECHS.  However, as students become more involved in college coursework, it WILL be necessary for students to attend all MCC classes, even when Mitchell County Schools are not in session.  Please know that your success in your Mayland classes is dependent on your attendance.  Therefore, it is very important to have transportation to and from Mayland when Avery, Mitchell or Yancey County schools are closed but Mayland Community College is open. 

Why Choose MECHS?

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