New Hanover County Schools





Focus of the program: 

- Well rounded educational experience to produce college ready graduates

- Interdisciplinary learning across traditional core subjects: English, History, Math, Science at the Honors & AP(college) level

Characteristics of students that are successful in the program

- Well-rounded

- Motivated

- College-bound 

- Adventurous 

Courses required in the PreLyceum program:

- 9th Grade - AP Government and Politics and Honors English I - taught in one block yearlong

- 10th Grade - Honors Personal Finance and Honors English II - taught in one block yearlong

Students will take the remainder of their courses in semester based classes during 9th/10th grade

How do students remain eligible for the program?

Students must reapply to the Lyceum program as a junior and must have completed the following minimum courses. Math I-III, English 1&2, Biology and Chemistry. Honors level is preferred.

Extra-curricular commitments: 

Students are expected to attend all school related field trips. There is also the option to travel internationally post graduation.  

Scholarships and fundraising are available to offset costs. 

Pre-Lyceum (9th/10th grade) begins at 8:30. 11th/12th grade Lyceum schedule starts at 8:00 am, 30 minutes before the rest of NHHS. Families must provide their own transportation if they are not districted to NHHS.


Earn up to 8 College Credits just through Lyceum AP courses 

75% pass rate on AP Exams – National Average is 50%

Small class sizes = more support from teachers

Recitation for 11th/12th graders = 90 min block for homework/tutoring every day

Access to electives, sports, clubs of New Hanover High School

Ability to take Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) or North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) classes in addition to Lyceum classes

Other FAQs

Who is eligible?

Students from any high school in New Hanover County.

How many students can participate in the Lyceum Academy?

Enrollment is limited to 100 PreLyceum Freshman, 100 PreLyceum Sophomores, and 100 Lyceum Academy total Juniors/Seniors.

What are the prerequisites for the Lyceum Academy as a Junior?

Math 1, Math 2, Math 3, English 1, English 2, Civics and Economics, Biology, and Chemistry

What courses should NOT be taken prior to entering Lyceum?

PreCalculus, AP Biology, AP English Language and Composition, AP US History, AP Calculus, AP Environmental Science, AP Literature & Composition, and AP World History

Is the academic load overwhelming?

While the work is challenging, teachers coordinate their scheduling of tests and assignments to make the workload manageable. Also, there is never more than one academic test in a given day within Lyceum. This coordination makes it possible to take up to 4 Advanced Placement classes simultaneously in the program. Additionally, students can have a recitation elective class each semester, which is a dedicated block for students to work on their assignments and get tutoring from their teachers

Do colleges recognize the Lyceum as an academically exceptional program?

Yes. Admission officers receive an addendum to each transcript explaining the program. Many universities visit and recruit on site. Schools both in and out of state have recognized the rigor of the program and give it high marks as well. Refer to colleges attended under the Lyceum statistics section.

Does Lyceum interfere with extracurricular activities? (I.E. sports, clubs, etc.)

On the contrary, a majority of club leaders, officers and varsity athletes are members of the academy. As a way to alleviate some of the workload, Lyceum offers both 3rd and 4th block study Hall/Recitation sections to allow students quality time to work on assignments during school while the teaching staff is nearby to help.

How much does it cost to participate in the Lyceum trips?

We offer 2 types of travel opportunities: Teaching and Enhancement Trips . We encourage 100% participation in the teaching trips as we will be covering class materials or providing a hands-on experience related to material recently covered in class. They range in price from $75 to $1100 and are from 1 to 7 days in length. Fundraising is offered to offset each trip’s costs. We have NEVER left a student behind because of financial difficulties.

The second type of trip is an Enhancement trip. These occur over weekends, school vacations and holidays. The costs range from $150 to $1100.

Some students also participate in international travel opportunities which occur immediately after their graduation. These trips are offered independent of the New Hanover County Schools system and are not considered Lyceum trips.