• Educational Facilities

  • From infancy through adulthood, lifelong learning opportunities are available in the New Bern area.

    Arendell Parrott Academy is the largest, independent, non-sectarian, college preparatory school in the region, offering   grades TK-12.  For fifty years, the Academy has provided a challenging academic environment with the Lower and Middle Schools’ accelerated programs focusing on building a sound academic foundation.  Students are well prepared for a rigorous program of honors and AP coursework in the Upper School. The Academy has extensive extracurricular opportunities in academic competition, athletics, fine arts, and community service.  Parrott has transportation, a full service cafeteria, extended day program, an on-site tutoring center, and a personalized college advising program.   The Academy is fully accredited by AdvancED and is a member in good standing of NAIS, SAIS, ISM and NCAIS.  For more information, please visit our website at www.parrottacademy.org.

    Pre-K Education
    Many accredited preschools and day-care centers are available for infants through school age, including after-school care.

    K-12 Education
    The Craven County School System, which serves more than 14,809 city and county students, provides an appropriate public education to all students within its jurisdiction. The schools are fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The system employs about 1,150 teaching professionals, 5% of whom have National Board Certification (and the number grows each year), and about 750 support personnel to staff fourteen elementary schools (kindergarten through fifth), five middle schools (sixth through eighth), and three high schools. Three of these schools operate on a year-round schedule; the others follow the traditional August-to-May calendar.

    The average teacher-student ratio is 1:26. The school system offers a comprehensive curriculum based on the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. In addition to the traditional academic courses, the education program includes music, foreign language, art, dance, theater, athletics, computer classes, and advanced placement courses. All high schools are on block scheduling, which enables a student to take four complete courses the first semester and four courses the second semester for a total of eight per year. Craven County also offers support personnel and services, including school psychologists, social workers, school nurses, and special programs for exceptional children.

    Optimum Student Achievement is the major strategic direction for the school system. Craven County students perform in the top 10% of school districts across the state. According to the most recent accountability report, nine schools in the system are Schools of Excellence, the highest award given to schools in the state, and ten schools are Schools of Distinction. Craven County Schools also lead the state in efforts to close the achievement gap among all students. For more information, visit www.craven.k12.nc.us.

    Saint Paul Catholic School has been successfully educating New Bern’s youth since 1887.  All students, regardless of religion, race, or ethnic origin, are welcome at Saint Paul.  Our program includes a PK-3 program through 8th grade.  We believe in academic and Catholic programs.  In addition to the regular academic programs, Saint Paul offers Spanish, Art, Music, Physical Education, and Technology.  Saint Paul offers many extracurricular activities, as well, including, a strong athletic program, Science Olympiad, Yearbook, Young Authors, and more. Saint Paul faculty is certified through the North Carolina Department of Instruction.  The school is accredited through AdvancEd, a national accreditation association and a member of the National Catholic Education Association.  Saint Paul Catholic School, a mission of Saint Paul Parish, is dedicated to the spiritual, intellectual, physical, and social development of each student.  This, our mission statement, clearly states that we believe in educating the whole child.  A child’s education is the foundation of learning that will last a lifetime.  That lifetime of learning begins at Saint Paul Catholic School.

    The Epiphany School offers a rigorous college preparatory environment for students in grades six through twelve. The school guides the student in the development of the total person, including spiritual, moral, intellectual, physical, social, and emotional growth. With small class sizes and teachers who have a passion for teaching, students receive individualized attention with the goal of providing a Christ-centered academic educational program for the college-bound student in New Bern and the surrounding counties.

    Arendell Parrott Academy is the largest, independent, non-sectarian, college preparatory school in the region, offering   grades TK-12.  For fifty years, the Academy has provided a challenging academic environment with the Lower and Middle Schools’ accelerated programs focusing on building a sound academic foundation.  Students are well prepared for a rigorous program of honors and AP coursework in the Upper School. The Academy has extensive extracurricular opportunities in academic competition, athletics, fine arts, and community service.  Parrott has transportation, a full service cafeteria, extended day program, an on-site tutoring center, and a personalized college advising program.   The Academy is fully accredited by AdvancED and is a member in good standing of NAIS, SAIS, ISM and NCAIS.  For more information, please visit our website at www.parrottacademy.org.

    Postsecondary Education
    With more than 3,000 curriculum students per semester and campuses in both New Bern and Havelock, Craven Community College is growing to meet the needs of eastern North Carolina. The college features a wide range of programs, including college transfer courses, two-year degree offerings, partnerships with four-year universities and specialized workforce training options. CCC has a top-flight faculty and boasts instruction in innovative programs such as aviation systems technology and information systems security. The college also is a leader in health care education, with an expanded nursing program, a medical assisting program and a new health information technology program. The college is home to the Bosch and Siemens Advanced Manufacturing Center, which provides state-of-the-art training in manufacturing methods and processes, and to Craven Early College, which is Craven County’s fourth public high school. Adult enrichment courses, fire and rescue training, basic skills programs and an award-winning Small Business Center help round out the college’s offerings to Craven County and the region.

    Established locally in 1993, the University of Mount Olive is the only four-year, liberal arts institution in New Bern. Dedicated to higher education for adult students, the university offers bachelor’s degrees in Accounting, Business Management, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Management Information Systems, Criminal Justice and Criminology, Religion, and Early Childhood Education. Students may also earn an associate's degree through our General Studies program. All programs are accelerated, nontraditional education, minimizing seat time and making earning a degree possible for the busy adult. Students have the option of taking seated or online classes. Classes begin throughout the year and meet for a four-hour session one night a week. Financial aid is also available. For more information, call 1-844-UMO-GOAL

    East Carolina is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina and offers 104 bachelor’s degree programs, 74 master’s degree programs, 4 specialist degree programs, 1 first-professional MD program, and 17 doctoral programs in professional colleges and schools such as the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences and the Brody School of Medicine. With a mission of teaching, research, and service, East Carolina University is a dynamic institution connecting people and ideas, finding solutions to problems, and seeking the challenges of the future. East Carolina University is located only 35 miles from New Bern in Greenville, N.C.

    School Websites:
    East Carolina University
    University of Mount Olive - New Bern Campus
    Craven Community College
    Craven County Schools
    The Epiphany School
    St. Paul Catholic School
    Sylvan Learning Center

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