Marine Science Academy to be added to Ashley High School - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Marine Science Academy to be added to Ashley High School

(Source: New Hanover Co. Schools) (Source: New Hanover Co. Schools)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The New Hanover County School Board unanimously approved  moving forward with a Marine Science Academy at Ashley High School.

The goal of the Marine Science Academy is to provide students with an enriching and rigorous education, in a coastal setting, while equipping them with twenty-first century skills designed to meet the challenges facing our global ocean.

The Marine Science Academy would be conducted in partnership with UNCW and CFCC.

Students would take challenging, college-level courses. 25 students would be accepted in the pilot year.

Students who show academic success and an interest in marine science can apply to the academy.

NHCS freshmen and sophomores will be eligible to apply to the Academy after successfully fulfilling prerequisite courses.  The Academy will prepare the next generation of marine scientists through:

  • Challenging college-level course content
  • Authentic college-level laboratory and lecture instruction by marine scientists
  • College credits in science at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington or Cape Fear Community College
  • Real-time data analysis with scientists in the field via distance learning technology
  • Internship(s) in marine science
  • Graduation project related to marine science
  • Summer enrichment program
  • Participation in the highly competitive National Ocean Science Bowl

A detailed description of the Marine Science Academy can be found by visiting

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