FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Q. What makes this school different from my child’s current school?
  The focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and the involvement of local and state partners are the key differences. It is an early college, with students having access to college courses, giving them a jump start on a college education. Also, this school is a regional school, with students attending from five counties.
   
Q. What is an early college high school?
  Early colleges blend high school with the first year or two of college, allowing students to earn as much as two years of tuition-free college credit along with their high school diploma. Early colleges often are on the campuses of two- or four-year colleges, but several in remote parts of the state provide students access to college courses via distance-learning approaches. Students at the Northeast Regional School will take online college courses through a partnership with Martin Community College. Scholars may also take online courses through NC State University.
   
Q. What does it mean that this school is a model school?
  This school is a first in North Carolina with multiple school districts working together to offer unique learning experiences for students. Students learn with students from other communities and work alongside scientists at NC State University within a research lab. In addition, teachers and school leaders from other schools have the opportunity to learn from the groundbreaking work undertaken at this school.
   
Q. Who is eligible to attend the regional school?
  Students from Beaufort, Martin, Pitt, Tyrrell, and Washington counties can apply. Students who will be the first in their families to attend college are strongly encouraged to apply. For the 2012-13 school year, sixty ninth grade students were selected to attend as the first class of students. Currently, the regional school has 226 scholars in grades 9-13. Plans are to accept sixty-five 9th grade students annually.
   
Q. What criteria will there be for selecting students to attend the school?
  Priority will be given to students whose parents did not attend college (first-generation college students); however, any student from within the five counties can apply. Students must apply to be considered. Currently, the application window the for the 2017-18 school year is closed. Interviews are currently underway and selected scholars will be notified by May 6, 2017.
   
Q. Why is the new school centered on STEM education?
  Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics help prepare students for a variety of careers. STEM education prepares all students to graduate with flexible and adaptable competence in math, science and technology, as well as the ability to design and communicate solutions to real problems.
   
Q. How do I know if this school is a good fit for my child?
  Students who would like a personalized learning experience with extensive hands-on learning will be excited by this new school. The focus on science, technology, engineering and math will help prepare students for a changing world. Students will acquire skills through this school that will serve them well in college, careers and life.
   
Q. Will students who attend the school be able to participate in sports and arts activities as they do at a traditional high school?
  Initially, students will not be able to participate in sports, and there will be limited arts. As the school population grows, athletics and arts programs will be considered.
   
Q. Is there a cafeteria at the school, or what will my child do about lunch?
  NERSBA does not have a cafeteria onsite; however, our scholars are offered breakfast daily in the NERSBA Student Center. Scholars are provided lunch at the JES Cafeteria. Staff and scholars walk to JES for lunch.
   
Q. Will the bus come to my house or how will my child get to school?
  There are pick up sites in each county. The school bus will not pick up your child at your home. Parents/Guardians are responsible for bringing scholars to the bus pick-up location in your county in the morning and for picking them up at the bus drop-off location in the afternoon.
   
Q. What calendar and schedule (hours) will the school follow?
  The 200-day school calendar provides additional days of instruction for students, as well as more flexibility for field experience opportunities. The 2015-16 school year will be August 4, 2016 through June 8, 2017. The school day is from 8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
   
Q. Do parents have to pay tuition for the college classes their children take at the Northeast Regional School?
  This is a free public school, and tuition is not charged, even for college courses.
   
Q. What happens on snow days? How will we know if school is being held?
  The school’s principal will use an automated phone service to let parents know if school is delayed or canceled. Information will also be posted on the website related to any delays or cancellations.
   
Q. Will each student have a computer?
  Yes, computers will be provided to students since they will need them for projects, research, and online learning.
   
Q. Will there be a media center?
  Like many other nontraditional schools, most research will take place via the Internet and other resources, so there will not be a traditional media center.
   
Q. Will there be a counselor?
  NERSBA currently has a Career Development Coordinator who also serves as a counselor for NERSBA scholars.
   
Q. Will my child be expected to do a lot of homework?
  There will be homework just as there is in a traditional school.
   
Hallet S. “Hal” Davis Jr, Principal