Coastal NC

VOL13ISS1 2017

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38 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CAPE FEAR NC | VOLUME 13—ISSUE 1 EDUCATION Education BY LAUREL HYATT The Academy's challenging, sequenced curriculum pursues a "back to basics" approach that is augmented with a variety of extras to provide the students with a well-rounded and accelerated educational experience. Post high school you'll also find several excellent choices. A good example is Wilmington's Cape Fear Community College (CFCC). CFCC is a comprehensive two-year college and the seventh largest community college in the state with more than 25,000 students taking classes each year. The service area of Cape Fear Community College includes New Hanover and Pender counties with a campus located in downtown Wilmington, a North Campus in Castle Hayne, and a satellite center in Burgaw. CFCC also offers classes at the Alston W. Burke Surf City Campus. 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. North Carolina's third largest public university is located just 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 offers over a hundred Bachelor Degrees and numerous Master's and Doctoral degrees to a student body of more than 27,000. As a pioneer of Distance Education, ECU online courses offer the same faculty and instruction as on-campus resources. Over seventy- five degrees and certificate programs can be earned through these online courses. ECU is also an active partner with business and the public sector, and is one of the top employers in the coastal region contributing more than $3 billion to the North Carolina economy. Planning on relocating to the North Carolina coastline? Rest assured that each coastal community sees your child's education as very important. This part of Eastern North Carolina is made up of cities and towns where education, military service, healthcare and family are equally prized and where everyone also shares other loves… sun, sand, and beautiful scenery! [] Educational opportunities are always forefront of any decision to relocate your family. It's exciting to know that along with "all" that is the North Carolina coastline, its neighborhoods are rich in high quality schools. The public school districts of Brunswick, Carteret, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender counties are included in the State's District 2 and feature several Title I reward schools. A Title I reward school is a school consistently diligent in operating as a "highest-performing school". In other words: a school among the top 10% of Title I schools in the state having 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 eight of these Title I schools across the region's counties. Four charter schools are also accessible 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. Wilmington Christian Academy (WCA), located in a suburban area of Wilmington, is the largest private school in southeastern North Carolina. WCA is a non- denominational, coeducational Christian school serving students in grades PreK3 – 12 and fulfilling all requirements of the North Carolina Division of Non-Public Instruction and is a member of the American Association of Christian Schools and the North Carolina Christian School Association. The average class size ranges from 20-24 students and WCA boasts a record 98% of graduates pursuing post-secondary education with most having successfully gained acceptance into well-known state and private colleges throughout the U.S. excellence, diligence, convenience

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