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36 THe oRIGINAl ReloCATIoN GuIDe — CoAsTAl NC | Volume 12—Issue 1 education education by brett cornWright and spirit; all within an atmosphere of peace. SMCS's rigorous academic program is frst-rate, providing a classical background that prepares students for later college challenges and beyond. Students are balanced and well-rounded haven taken advantage of a wide range of academic, athletic, artistic and leadership opportunities while getting to know themselves and the world around them. St. Mark Catholic School is a comprehensive educational system offering accredited education pre-K through 8th grade. If you are looking beyond high school, either for your children or yourself, you will fnd several excellent choices throughout Coastal Carolina. A good example is Wilmington's Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) with sites in New Hanover and Pender counties. The college is connected to the University of North Carolina Wilmington campus thus enabling students to easily transfer course credit to complete an advanced degree. High school students can also enroll in early college credits and the CFCC Childhood Development Center even provides childcare to the community. If you happen to be a small business owner, check out CFCC's Small Business Center. The mission of this center is to increase the success rate and proftability of small businesses in New Hanover and Pender countries. Through seminars, one-on one business and technology counseling, and a business resource library, the Small Business Center at CFCC looks to assist owners in all areas of business. The third largest public university in North Carolina is located one hour north of New Bern in Greenville, North Carolina. East Carolina University (ECU) was founded over 100 years ago as a teacher training college. It now has an excellent academic research reputation, offering over a hundred Bachelor Degrees and numerous Master's and Doctoral degrees to a student body of more than 27,000. As one of the frst universities to offer distance Education, ECU online courses offer the same faculty and instruction as on-campus resources. Online courses have the convenience of learning within your own time schedule. Over seventy fve degrees and certifcate programs can be earned through these online courses. >> Educational opportunities for your family are always forefront in any decision to relocate. The exciting part about considering a move to the North Carolina coastline is that its neighborhoods are rich in high quality schools. From pre-school for your youngest, to picking up a college degree later in life for yourself, and everything in between, you will fnd a region made up of small towns where education is one of the top priorities— as well as a giant economic infuence. The public school districts of Brunswick, Carteret, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender counties are included in the State's District 2 and features several Title I reward schools. A Title I reward school is designated such because of its constant diligence in operating as a "highest-performing school." In other words, a school among the top ten percent of Title I schools in the state that have the highest absolute performance over a number of years for the "all students" group and for all subgroups on the statewide assessments. District 2 includes 8 of these Title I schools across Brunswick, Carteret, New Hanover and Onslow counties. These counties also offer 4 charter schools in New Hanover County: the Cape Fear Center for Inquiry, Wilmington Prep Academy, Douglass Academy, and the Island Montessori Charter School. Onslow County has a federal school to serve the military families at Camp Lejeune. Many Onslow county schools offer a military liaison to guide students entering or exiting the schools during parent military transfers. Though District 2 public schools are top notch, parents relocating to the area also have a number of high distinction private school choices. Rooted in the classical educational tradition, St. Mark Catholic Schools (SMCS) provides academic programs designed to give students a frm background in the sciences and liberal arts as well as a solid understanding of the Christian faith. The administration and staff strive to create a sense of service to community and a willingness within students to work toward a balance in mind, body excellence, diligence, convenience

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