The Early College High School Initiative began in 2002 with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Today, there are more than 230 early colleges across 28 states, serving more than 50,000 students.
- 92% of early college students graduate high school versus the national rate of 69%
- 86% of graduates enroll in college the next semester after high school graduation
- 91% of early college graduates earn transferable college credit
- 44% of graduates at schools open 4+ years earn at least one year of college credit
- 24% of graduates at schools open 4+ years earn two years of college credit or an associate degree
- 59% of early college students are classified as eligible for free or reduced lunch
- Early Colleges are funded to target first generation college and/or low-income families.
Isaac Bear Early College High School was born in 2006 in the auditorium of Annie H. Snipes Elementary School. The school as a whole overcame many obstacles in its first year and has continued its success through challenge and citizenship. This year we are celebrating 10 years of education! See the highlights from our 10 year celebration as we reminisced on our students, staff, struggles, and successes over the last 10 years!
- Since IBECH's conception the school has graduated 6 cohorts of students between 2010 and 2015
- Throughout it's tenure Isaac Bear has established many partnerships, and received many school and student based accolades
- Isaac Bear students received over 3 million dollars in scholarships for the class of 2014
- Several of our students have published or are publishing research with UNCW professors
- IBECH hosted visiting International Interns in partnership with the Watson College of Education, Nelson Mandella University in 2013
- 4 Consecutive years of 100% graduation rate as of 2015 from the Department of Public Instruction
- We have claimed numerous math competition awards and rankings, to include Trigstar 1st place winner on March 9, 2016. Also placing 1st-3rd in Annual High School Mathematics contest division 2 from 2010-2015
- Our 2015 fall semester has 22 students earning the Dean's list in a cohort of 60. The average Cumulative GPA of the fall 2015 cohort was a 3.10 and an Average Term GPA of 2.98
- We have had students that have received multiple scholarships, and National Merit Finalists and Semi-finalists as well as a student that attended the International Science Fair in Taiwan
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