Wilmington Area Schools:

New Hanover, Pender & Brunswick County Schools

Relocating to New Hanover County, Pender County, North Brunswick County or the Wilmington area? It’s important to know what public schooling options are available, whether or not you have school-aged children, as good schools can help increase your home value! And fortunately for Wilmington-area residents, there are some great schooling options throughout the area.

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Meet New Hanover County Schools

New Hanover County Schools is one of North Carolina’s top school districts (rated the #19 Best Public School District in the state, in fact). This large district is home to two PreK centers, 26 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, and 9 high schools—including the Joe Roe Center, the Career Readiness Academy Mosley Performance Learning Center, the Southeast Area Technical High School, and Wilmington Early College.

New Hanover also boasts some of the top-rated schools in the state, like Isaac M Bear High School (ranked #43 in the state and Recognized in National Rankings by US News and World Report) and John T. Hoggard High (#50).

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A Diverse Range of Programs

For parents seeking a well-rounded education for their children, New Hanover has plenty to offer. From arts and performance to music to math and science, New Hanover’s schools feature a diverse curriculum and a wide range of programs. For high school students, there are Specialty Options that include a STEM Academy, a Marine Science Academy, and International Baccalaureate Program, NHHS Lyceum (hands-on college prep), the Career Readiness Academy, Technical High School, and Early College high school.

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Outstanding Athletics

In addition to a wide array of extracurricular programs, New Hanover’s schools feature a core of athletics that include cross country, soccer, volleyball, golf, tennis, basketball, swimming, wrestling, baseball, softball, track and field, lacrosse, and cheerleading.


Meet Pender County Schools

The 16 schools of Pender County Schools rank among some of the best in the state and include eight elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, and one Early College High School. It boasts 82 board-certified teachers and 620 additional certified teachers.

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A Diverse Range of Programs

Pender County Schools offers a wide range of academic programs that include JROTC, AP and Honors courses, Career Technical Education Pathway, College Transfer Pathway, Cooperative Innovative High School (Early College) Pathway, and Career Clusters, such as Architecture, Agriculture, Health Science, Hospitality, and Business Management.

sports at new hanover county schools

Outstanding Athletics

Pender County Schools also offer a variety of athletic teams and programs to middle and high school students, including football, softball, basketball, soccer, baseball, volleyball, cheerleading, cross country, track and field, tennis, wrestling, and golf.


Meet Brunswick County Schools

Brunswick County Schools serves many communities throughout Brunswick County, NC. It is home to 19 schools, including ten elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools, one Alternative Academy, and one Early College High School.

programs offered by new hanover county schools

A Diverse Range of Programs

Brunswick County Schools offers numerous academic and extracurricular programs, including Career and Technical Education, Advanced and AP classes, Virtual Public School, JROTC, College Transfer Pathway, Workforce Continuing Education Pathway, and many more.

sports at new hanover county schools

Outstanding Athletics

Sports offered at Brunswick County Schools to high school and middle school students include track and field, softball, lacrosse, soccer, baseball, football, wrestling, bowling, indoor track, volleyball, tennis, and cross country.


Learn More About Wilmington’s Great Schools

Want to learn more about schools in Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Brunswick County, or Pender County? Ask a local area expert! Interested in finding out more about what it’s like to live in New Hanover County or buy a home in the Wilmington area? I can provide tons of information, from don’t-miss attractions and events to the best beach spots to the most affordable new neighborhoods. Give me a call and let’s start talking.

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