Isaac Bear Early College High School


Achievement Through Challenge and Citizenship


Course of Study

High School Course of Study

Course of Study Link

9th Grade

  • Honors English I and II (blended yearlong course)
  • Honors Earth and Environmental/ Marine Biology and Honors NC Biology
  • Two Math Courses (blended, yearlong course)
    • NC Honors Math I and NC Honors Math II
    • NC Honors Math II and NC Honors Math III
    • NC Honors Math III and NC Honors Math IV
    • Honors Pre-Calculus and Honors Calculus
  • Honors World History and Honors Economics and Personal Finance
  • Project Management 1 and Project Management 2
  • Health/Physical Education 

10th Grade

  • Honors English III and English IV (blended, yearlong course)
  • Honors Chemistry and Honors Physics
  • Two Math Courses (blended, yearlong course)
    • NC Honors Math III and NC Honors Math IV
    • Honors Pre-Calculus and Honors Calculus)
  • Honors American History and Honors Civic Literacy
  • Spanish I/II (blended, yearlong course)
  • Health/Physical Education

11th and 12th Grades

  • Accountability (weekly, bi-weekly, or as needed)
  • UNI 101- Freshman Seminar (11th Grade- Fall Semester)
  • COM 101- Public Speaking (11th Grade- Spring Semester)
  • University Courses* (average 9-13 hours per semester, depending on difficulty of course load)
    • Isaac Bear students have access to almost any course over at UNCW. Subjects include:
      • Math
      • Biology
      • Anthropology
      • Theatre/Dance
      • Art
      • Music
      • Chemistry
      • Physics
      • History
      • Foreign Languages -  American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian
      • Psychology
      • Sociology
      • English and Literature
    • UNCW Tuition/Fees/and Textbooks or Supplies are paid for through Isaac Bear while taking UNCW classes as a Junior/Senior. This does not include elective classes taken during the summer at UNCW.
  • Online NCVPS Courses

*UNCW College Classes take the place of High School AP Courses
*UNCW Tuition/Fees/Textbooks and Supplies are paid through Isaac Bear while taking UNCW classes as Junior/Senior. This does not include elective classes taken over the summer at UNCW.

Future Teacher Career Academy

The Future Teacher Career Academy is a small learning community for IBECHS students interested in a career in teaching. This innovative program is designed to attract and prepare future teachers to make a positive difference for children. FTCA students will have an EDN-designed seminar on Friday afternoons, have after school tutoring/volunteering requirements, be paired with a master teacher mentor, serve as a mentor to young students and/or participate in visits to different kinds of schools through their 9th and 10th grade years.

Community Service

Students complete 50 hours of community service each year for a total of 200 hours by graduation their senior year. Here are some of our student's favorite places to volunteer. Isaac Bear has a half day schedule every Friday (students release at 1:15) to allow for extra time outside school to complete their community service requirement.

  • NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
  • New Hanover County Regional Medical Center
  • Local New Hanover County and Private Middle/Elementary Schools
  • American Red Cross
  • Full Belly Project
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • New Hanover County Public Library
  • Isaac Bear PTSA and Front Office
  • Local Animal Shelters
  • Local Theatre Groups
  • Smart Start Literacy/Literacy Council

Tutoring and Academic Support

Most of our teachers provide tutoring every Wednesday after school. All students are allowed to schedule their own tutoring time with their teachers if they cannot meet on Wednesdays.

Students also have Smart Lunch (35 minutes a day, four times a week) after  their lunch period to be able to meet with their teachers for help and complete assignments. 

The 11th and 12th grade students have access to University Tutoring services. All students have access to the University Library


All students are eligible to check-out a laptop during the academic year, provided that all NHCS and UNCW regulations are followed and a Laptop Liability Waiver is signed by both the student and the parent.

These laptops can be taken home to work on homework and assignments and will have the student's textbooks on the laptop electronically. If a student wishes to take a physical textbook home they may check one out from their teachers. Students are also allowed to use their own personal device if a Bring Your Own Device Form is signed by the student and parent. If a student has a personal laptop they must still follow all NHCS and UNCW regulations. It is strongly recommended that students borrow a laptop from Isaac Bear.