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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Isaac M. Bear High School is a highly rated, public school located in Wilmington, NC. It has 225 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 85% of students are at least proficient in math and 85% in reading.
Address
630 Macmillan Avenue
Wilmington, NC 28403
Telephone
(910) 350-1387
Website

Isaac M. Bear High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
85%
Percent Proficient - Math
85%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1290
39 responses
Average ACT
27
45 responses
AP Enrollment
3%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Cost of Living
    C+
  4. Good for Families
    B+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$43,855
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$872
National
$949
Median Home Value
$224,300
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
82%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.11 responses
Poll
73%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.11 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Going to the university for labs
    64%
  • Smart lunch
    21%
  • Pep rallies
    7%
  • Spirit Week
    7%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
225
Free or Reduced Lunch
40%
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.9 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.9 responses
11%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.9 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$39,923
Teachers in First/Second Year
18.2%
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.16 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.16 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.16 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$9,677/ year
National
$12,239
65%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.17 responses
24%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.17 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.17 responses
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Isaac M. Bear High School Reviews

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It's a very helpful and overall worth-while experience. Academically, you're surrounded by teachers who recognize when and where you're struggling and are able to help you. Not a fan of a specific class? Well, in my experience, a teacher will still help you make it through, all the while directing you to another subject that you'll actually enjoy.

Socially, it's great. You have a collection of similar yet unique people. I've met some really great personalities here, from introverts to the bombastic, you're not alone unless you really want to be.

In summary, IBECHS is place that provides you all the tools you need to succeed. If you can try, you can do it.
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I had a really wonderful experience at Isaac Bear. All of my teachers were very involved and cared deeply about my success, they still care about my success now. I have made a lot of friends as well and I like the fact that I know everyone I am graduating with personally. Having such a small school communoty was really nice because it was so conducive to making friends. Not only that but the teachers were always available to help me. Our administrative staff are amazing and they do so much for the students, it really blows my mind. I think that over time the facilities will improve but right now they are not great and we have a great cafeteria and wonderful cafeteria staff but the food is not the best. Isaac Bear has been a second home to me for the past four years and while I am excited for what is to come I will miss this school deeply.
Isaac Bear is a great school to go to if you want to be prepared to college. However, because a lot of money is allotted to paying tuition for the college classes junior and seniors take, the building that the freshmen and sophomores are in leaved much to be desired in terms of space. Overall, however, it was a life changing experience that I would recommend to anyone who wants to be academically challenged and get ahead.