Early College High School student Sarah Magaña calls her campus "a big happy family."
Her biology teacher, Candace Leuthold, calls it something else: the school without a fight.
Early College, the newest campus in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, began recruiting for its second freshman class at the start of last month. The school, run by Newport-Mesa and Coastline Community College, includes both high school and college classes — and Leuthold, who previously taught at Newport Harbor High School, said those high standards have an impact on student behavior.
"We haven't had a single fight on campus," she said. "Not one."
Early College students, who cram to earn a high school diploma and an associate of arts degree in five years or less, may not have much time for fisticuffs. The school's 72 freshmen signed up for Early College in hopes of getting a jump on their college education — and now, Sarah and her classmates are touring Newport-Mesa's secondary schools to enlist the next batch.