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Rutherford Early College High School - REaCH

Isothermal Community College is in partnership with Rutherford County Schools to offer Rutherford Early College High School.  Each student will learn/experience rigor, relevance, relationships, responsibility, and respect that will equal a high school diploma and Associates Degree at the completion of four years. 

Rutherford Early College High School will prepare students to be future-ready and globally competitive by providing a rigorous, innovative curriculum in a 21st Century learning environment.  Isothermal Community College exists to improve life through learning through a shared commitment; a climate of integrity, accountability, and respect for individuals; a culture of collaboration and communication; diversity and the exchange of ideas; and the elimination of barriers to learning.  Both organizations share a commitment to the well-being and enrichment of their students for future success in a career, further education, and personal enrichment.

Some of the features include:

Grade Span

Grades 9 - 12
Only entry point is rising 9th graders


After four years' enrollment commitment:

  • High School Diploma
  • College Associates Degree or other college program

Tuition and Fees

No cost for books or tuition on approved courses for Fall and Spring semesters. 


  • Meet college requirements to enter college course work
  • Commit for the duration of the four-year program
  • Students must apply for admission in eighth grade and 

Student Population

  • Target diverse population of students
  • Emphasis on students who will be the first to graduate from college in the family
  • Necessary for students to be mature enough to handle a collegiate setting and capable of managing college-level course work


  • Honors High School Course Study
  • Community College Associate's Degree Program of Study. College coursework begins in the freshman year. Most community college credits will be transferable to the universities within the North Carolina system


Contact Information

School Address:                                       School Phone:                                        School Website: 

286 ICC Loop Road                                     Phone:  828-395-4190          REaCH Website:
 P.O. Box 804                                                Fax:  828-288-0285
Spindale, North Carolina 28160-0804