Isaac Bear Early College High School

About Us

Thank you for your interest in Isaac Bear Early College High School (IBEC).


Institutional oversight of the Early College program at UNCW is provided by Dr. Cathy Barlow, Vice Provost and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Guatemala Group

Isaac Bear Early College in Guatemala with Global Public Service Academies, 2011

The Early College Concept

Early College High Schools are small, autonomous schools where students complete all high school requirements and up to 60 hours of college credit during their four years of high school. Early College High Schools make higher education more accessible, affordable, and attractive by bridging the divide between high school and college; eliminate time wasted during the junior and senior years of high school and facilitate the transition of motivated students to higher education; provide intensive guidance and support from adults through the start of college coursework; and demonstrate new ways of integrating levels of schooling to better serve the intellectual and developmental needs of young people.

For more information on the North Carolina Learn & Earn Early College Program, visit the North Carolina New Schools Project website:

Our Mission

As a partner in the North Carolina University System and the North Carolina New Schools Project, Isaac Bear Early College High School provides an accelerated, college-ready education by cultivating an environment of mature scholarship and leadership.

Contact Us

Ms. MaryPaul Beall
IBECHS Principal

Keisha Bennett-Smith
UNCW Early College Coordinator & Liaison


Isaac Bear Early College High School
630 MacMillan Ave.
Wilmington, NC 28403

(910) 350-1387

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