WILMINGTON -- Summer is almost here, but Monday was the first day of class at a new high school in Wilmington. Ninety-three freshmen cut the ribbon on the Isaac Bear Early College High School at the south edge of the UNCW campus. UNCW and New Hanover County schools are partnering on the first-year program to give students a head start by getting college credit while still in high school. So far this year, though, students have had to hold classes at snipes elementary. Now they have a home of their own. Isaac Bear Early College High School Principal Sherry Broome said, "This is ours. And so we have control of the building. We have brand new furniture, new classrooms. And the feeling of ownership is tremendous with the teachers already, and I think you can see that excitement with the students." Isaac Bear received funding from the Gates Foundation. Principal Sherry Broome says Cape Fear Community College plans to start a similar program next year.
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