Award Year: 2021

Pender Early College High School

100 Industrial Drive
Burgaw, NC, 28425-5081

(910) 362-7925

Mrs Christie Brown, Principal at time of Nomination

Choice School

Pender County School District

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Our staff will prepare students to have choices in the world by ensuring that every student reads, writes, thinks, and talks in every classroom every day.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 10%
  • White: 70%
  • Hispanic: 20%
Children receiving costumes donated from across our country

Children receiving costumes donated from across our country

Pender Early College High School is a school of choice. All students graduate in four or five years with a high school diploma and the opportunity to earn a two year associate's degree from Cape Fear Community College. Students are required to complete the Comprehensive Academic Portfolio, consisting of four parts: Research paper, Presentation, Portfolio, and Product. This includes a minimum of 150 volunteer community service hours, a 36 hour job shadowing/internship, and participation in at least four educational seminars or camps.

In 2018, our district was devastated by a hurricane, closing school for approximately 20 instructional days. Staff and students worked diligently to ensure student success after so much lost instructional time. Many families were homeless and without any of their lifelong possessions. Staff and students devoted much time meeting needs of the community by collecting and distributing essential supplies, including mattresses, bedding and clothing. Students even collected Halloween costumes from across the country to give children.

Since the pandemic started, our staff worked strategically to meet the academic needs of our students. In August 2020, we were the first school in our area to receive students in person. Students were on campus twice a week and virtual the other three days. Together, we met the needs of students by providing live-streamed instruction, teacher recorded instructional videos, and live tutoring sessions. Our counselor maintained social emotional health of students via an interactive website and weekly virtual meetings. PECHS students have overcome many obstacles to sustain their level of academic excellence.