Valdosta Early College Academy (VECA) is a program within the Valdosta City Schools System in partnership with Valdosta State University. Early College schools are designed to blend middle and high school with college. Early College students earn both a high school diploma and over a year (30 credit hours) of semester hours of college credit by the end of 12th grade.
VECA has a strong academic focus with the expectation that all students will attend college. Our student-centered learning community provides engaging and rigorous coursework. Our students are given the care and support needed to meet high expectations, succeed in school, and be prepared for college coursework.
Valdosta Early College Academy has been a program that has been in existence for twelve years, enrolling our first class of sixth grade students in 2008-2009. We now serve students in sixth through twelfth grade. Students begin dual enrollment courses at Valdosta State University in the 11th grade.
Any fifth-grade student enrolled in Valdosta City Schools may apply for admission to VECA. Admission to VECA is based on several criteria: standardized test results, grades, attendance, behavior, recommendations from current teachers, administrators, and members of the community. We accept a diverse group of students into our program and encourage anyone interested in the program to apply for admission. If you are interested in learning more about our innovative learning environment, please make plans to attend our informational session.