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Early College Application Process


ISAAC BEAR EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL
Located on the campus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Isaac Bear Early College High School is an innovative school that integrates English, Social Studies, Math, and Science in an exploration of real-world topics and problems.
Isaac Bear High School provides rising ninth grade students with an opportunity to accelerate their high school experience and to earn college credit. Students are challenged to solve problems in an engaging and relevant curriculum. Students elect to participate and are accepted through an application and interview process during their eighth grade year. See a school counselor for details. Additional information is available at http://www.nhcs.net/isaacbear/
 
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. 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 elect to participate and are accepted through an application and interview 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. Application Checklist  The counselor will begin collecting items for Part C of the Application Checklist.  The counselor will deliver this packet of information to the school.

  3. 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. Students will also be asked to write an essay (250 to 300 words) on one of these topics:  A)Describe a time during which you faced adversity.  B) Share about a time in which you took a risk and failed. What did you learn from this experience? Students may want to type their essay ahead of time and then copy/paste it into the essay field.

  4. Teacher Recommendations - Communicate with your four core 7th grade teachers (Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies) about completing a Teacher Recommendation Form. The School Counselor will send them an online form to complete the Teacher Recommendation.



  • Private School/Charter School Students - If you do not have a School Counselor, your School Administrator will be the one to communicate with regarding Part C of the Application Checklist.

  • Homeschool Students - You will also need to submit items for Part C of the Application Checklist including available test score results, homeschool attendance data, and recommendations from homeschool instructors (online instructors, itinerant teachers, etc.).


 
The completed application is due no later than November 15, 2016.

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

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.