Carter Collegiate Academy is designed to serve incoming ninth-grade students who are:
- Determined to attend college.
- First Generation college students.
- Historically underrepresented in higher education.
The academy will accept up to 125 ninth-grade students per year, and students will move together as a cohort as they progress through high school.
Students will attend ninth and tenth grade at Carter High School in a dedicated wing of the building. For their junior and senior years, students will attend classes on the Cedar Valley College campus. Transportation will be provided at no charge.