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Old 09-10-2013, 03:40 PM
 
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We are considering a move to Wilmington and would like to get a nutshell comparison of these three high schools. What order would you rank them? Thanks for any input!!
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Old 09-10-2013, 04:39 PM
 
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You already posted them in order. Hoggard is the best of those three academically and athletically (which in NC means Football).

The early colleges (Bear and WECHS) are teh best academically, and have some extracurricular activities, but not as expansive an offering as what would be found in a traditional high school.
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:08 AM
 
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To be honest, all 4 New Hanover County High Schools are good.

New Hanover is propped up by its Lyciem program, which provides a bit of sheltered core group of kids that are college bound. It also has open enrollment, so kids are able to transfer there for sports or the Lyciem program from all over the county.

Hoggard is the best all around...academics, sports, etc...its valedictorian went to Harvard last year I believe (Glad to see the smartest kids strive for the best in the Ivy League).

IMO, Laney and Ashley mirror each other. Many folks consider Laney to be better, but I just think they give Ashley the short end of the stick because it is still finding its identity. Ashley is the youngest, beginning around 2000 and many parents in the South end of the County didn't give it a fair shake. They were used to going to Hoggard before that and many went toward the Lyciem program at New Hanover or Cape Fear Academy. I think as the Carolina Beach Rd corridor continues to develop and more folks move in, Ashley is making strides.
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Old 09-11-2013, 03:26 PM
 
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Thank you both! I think we are going with Hoggard.
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Old 09-12-2013, 02:50 PM
 
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Hoggard is highlighting another Wells Fargo Cup win...

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It is amazing that they have kept that consistency...when in 2000 Ashley opened and it changed their district dramatically (it used to go all the way to Carolina Beach).
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