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Early College Application Process


ISAAC BEAR EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL
Located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Isaac Bear offers a rigorous academic environment, offering only honors level courses in the four core subjects: Math, History, Science, and English. During the junior and senior year students have the opportunity to take college courses at UNCW for college credit. Senior students will graduate with a High School Diploma and a UNCW transcript. IBEC seniors will apply in their senior year to any university of college they are interested in attending, including UNCW. Credit transfers vary by university. Students elect to participate and are accepted through an application process during their eighth grade year. See a school counselor for details. Additional information is available at http://www.nhcs.net/isaacbear/.

FUTURE TEACHERS CAREER ACADEMY AT ISAAC BEAR
The Future Teachers Career Academy at Isaac Bear Early College is a small learning community for high school students interested in a career in teaching. The innovative program is designed to attract and prepare future teachers to make a positive difference for children. With opportunities to mentor, volunteer, and experience education from many points of view, FTCA guides high school students to become leaders in their classrooms and schools. The Future Teachers Career Academy seeks 10-20 students interested in pursuing a career as a teacher. Students selected for the FTCA program will complete their high school courses along with other IBEC students during their 9th and 10th grade years. Students elect to participate and are accepted through an application process during their eighth grade year. See a school counselor for details. Additional information is available at https://www.uncw.edu/ed/ftca/.


WILMINGTON EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL
Located on the North Campus of Cape Fear Community College (CFCC), the Wilmington Early College High School provides rising ninth grade students with an opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma and an Associate's Degree as they complete an integrated curriculum of high school courses that focuses on students reading, writing, speaking, and thinking everyday. WECHS is a four to five year program where students engage in a rigorous academic curriculum of honors and college-level coursework. The innovative delivery of the curriculum focuses on 21st century skills that prepares students for the workplace or for transfer to a four-year university. Students complete the majority of their high school requirements in two years and finish their Associate's Degrees during the last two or three years. Students graduate with a High School Diploma and an Associate's Degree in Science, Arts, or Fine Arts which allows them to transfer with two years college credit to a four year college or university. Students elect to participate and are accepted through an application process during their eighth grade year. See a school counselor for details. Additional information is available at http://www.nhcs.net/wechs/.

Steps for the Application Process

  1. Contact your school counselor.  Let me know that you are planning to complete the Online Application.

  2. Complete the Online Application. The application must be completed in one session. You will not be able to save your responses and complete the form in multiple sessions.

  3. Application Completion:
  • Current NHCS Students
    Once your application is submitted, your school guidance counselor will be notified.  They will submit the additional requirements to the application including standardized test scores, attendance, grades, discipline and teacher recommendations.  Teacher recommendations will be obtained from all four core teachers (Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies).  Teacher recommendations will not be shared with the candidate or the candidate's parents.

  • Private School/Charter School Students
    Once your application is submitted, your school guidance counselor or school administrator will be notified.  They will submit the additional requirements to the application including standardized test scores, attendance, grades, discipline and teacher recommendations.  Teacher recommendations will be obtained from all four core teachers (Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies).  Teacher recommendations will not be shared with the candidate or the candidate's parents. 

  • Homeschool Students
    Please use the following link to obtain directions on submitting additional information. All information listed is required, as well as a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 recommendations by someone other than the parent who has experience working with the child (youth group leader, homeschool group leader, coach, etc...) Teacher recommendations are confidential and must be postmarked no later than February 2.
    Download the Homeschool Packet.


 
The completed application is due no later than February 2, 2018.

Students will be notified, by mail, of their status (whether accepted, waiting, or denied) by the end of February.

Acceptance to the Early College requires a one year commitment. Students cannot withdraw to attend another high school in New Hanover County during that academic school year

All teacher recommendations are confidential.  Parents and applicants will not have access to these documents.

The schools operate on a college campus; as such, students are expected to be responsible members of the community.

The policy of the New Hanover County School System does not discriminate with regard to race, culture, ancestry, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, or disability in their programs or hiring practices.