Choices in Education: Person Early College for Innovation and Leadership

December 19, 2016

Person Early College for Innovation and Leadership (PECIL)

PECIL Inaugural Class  
PECIL Inaugural Class

Person Early College for Innovation and Leadership

A positive school culture is crucial in the success of a school.  At Person Early College for Innovation and Leadership, we are interested in all of our students’ success.  Learning is a cooperative effort delivered through caring relationships. The early college touts a personalized and caring learning environment where administration and staff communicate weekly regarding student concerns, needs and progression in our program.

The school year begins with an integrated bridge program that helps students transition into their college environment, initialize positive relationships with staff and each other through team building activities, and participate in some entertaining learning activities along the way.  Positive relationships are cultivated in order to foster success in the early college academic program, success in future academic pursuits, and success in life.  Relationships do matter!  It is through these positive relationships that we are able to help encourage and motivate our students to AIM High, or as we prefer to say, “Always Imagine More!”

Person Early College for Innovation and Leadership (PECIL) is collaboration between Person County Schools and Piedmont Community College that provides a seamless transition from high school to college and/or career. Any eighth grade student who resides in Person County may apply.  Students select from one of the following pathways: Healthcare Technologies, Advanced Manufacturing, Technology and Transfer; this pathway system is commonly referred to as HATT. Our school counselor and college liaison work with students and their parents to facilitate completion every step of the way.

PECIL is a small learning community where administration, staff and students know each other, and learn in a cohort of 20-25 students per class.

Our Mission is “to provide a highly supportive and academically challenging learning environment for students in programs for Health Sciences, Advanced Manufacturing, Technology, and Transfer (HATT), so that they may graduate as service-oriented leaders prepared to enter college and to compete globally in STEM-related careers.”

We offer a unique learning experience with a curricular focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and rigorous accelerated learning opportunities. The pathways offered provide comprehensive instruction that integrates the STEM subjects throughout the curriculum and offers students a variety of avenues for learning to think critically and creatively.

A Blended learning instructional model is used and incorporates project-based and linked learning in all courses. As a result there are opportunities for mentorships with community business partners, field trips to businesses and colleges, service learning projects (local, regional, national, and international), and activities. Leadership is encouraged through service learning, student council, competitive events, student led conferences, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and a character/leadership curriculum. Many of these opportunities take place during Flex periods and/or Flex Fridays. While there are no athletic, music or art programs in which students can participate, there are clubs and other organizations that students may join throughout their matriculation.

Additional educational partnerships are with North Carolina Central BRITE (Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprises) and North Carolina State University Engineering Outreach program.  They help engage students and teachers in STEM related lessons and activities.

We are now taking applications through February 1st for the 2017 -2018 school year.  Please go to our website and select “Apply Now.”

If you prefer a printed copy, and your child attends Northern or Southern Middle School, please contact that school’s counselor.

Principal   Mrs. Shirlrona Johnson

School Counselor Ms. Dawn Meyers

College Liaison   Mr. Walter Montgomery

1715 College Drive | Roxboro, NC 27573 | Phone: 336-322-2275


  This post was submitted by Ms. Shirlrona Johnson who serves as Principal of Person Early College for Innovation and Leadership. To learn more about PECIL, contact her at: or visit the website. :


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