The Ghidotti Early College High School opened in August of 2006 allowing high school students to attend Sierra College courses (tuition-free) and graduate with not only a high school diploma, but transferrable college units and/or an associates degree. The Nevada Joint Union High School District partnered with Sierra College and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the initial funding to open the school. The school is located on the campus of Sierra College in Grass Valley. The school began with a ninth grade class at the beginning of the 2006/2007 school year and in each subsequent year a new grade level has be added. On June 10, 2010 our first graduating class consisted of 37 students.
Early college high schools are designed to create a small learning community for students, a personalized and caring learning environment, and provide a seamless transition from high school to college. Students can thrive in this smaller, nurturing, yet academically challenging environment.