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 English II 
  • Honors Earth and Environmental/Biology
  • Two Math Courses (NC Honors Math I, NC Honors Math II, NC Honors Math III, Honors Pre-Calculus and Honors Calculus) (blended, yearlong course)
  • Honors World History and Honors Civics and Economics
  • Microsoft Office Word and Powerpoint and Honors Personal Finance
  • Physical Education 

10th Grade

  • Honors English III and English IV (blended, yearlong course)
  • Honors Earth and Environmental/Biology
  • Two Math Courses (NC Honors Math I, NC Honors Math II, NC Honors Math III, Honors Pre-Calculus and Honors Calculus) (blended, yearlong course)
  • Honors American History I and American History II (blended, yearlong course)
  • Spanish I/II (blended, yearlong course)
  • Physical Education

11th and 12th Grade

  • Accountability (weekly, bi-weekly, or as needed)
  • Graduation Project (one semester)
  • Freshman Seminar - UNI 101 (one semester)
  • NCVPS Health Education (one quarter)
  • 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

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


College Visits

9th and 10th grade students take field trips to various colleges including, but not limited to, NC State, East Carolina University, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Greensboro, and Duke University.

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.