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Cooperative Innovative High Schools

A cooperative innovative high school, or early college, is a small public high school located on a college campus that offers incoming ninth graders the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree within four to five years.

Cape Fear Community College hosts Pender Early College and Wilmington Early College, public high schools that strive to recruit students who are looking for a learning experience that is different from the traditional high school. Students apply for the early college during their eighth grade year.

Application Process:

Interested eighth graders and their families should contact their middle school counselors for more information regarding admissions to Pender Early College High School or Wilmington Early College High School.

To learn more about these programs, visit The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and North Carolina New Schools.



Wilmington Campus
411 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

North Campus
4500 Blue Clay Road
Castle Hayne, NC 28429

Burgaw Center
100 East Industrial Drive
Burgaw, NC 28425

Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday: 7:30am to 5:30pm
Friday: 8:00am to 12:00pm

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Cape Fear Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, political affiliation or age.