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Education & Academics In Onslow County

Camp Lejeune Education and Academics in Onslow County

For those moving to a new location, it’s important to know what educational options are available. This chapter outlines the public school system in Onslow County, along with information about local libraries and higher education. There are private schools, charter schools and home schooling available to children in the county as well.

To be enrolled in a North Carolina school, a child must be at least 5 years old by Aug. 31 of the school year. Those wishing to register their child in school should bring the following to the school office: a birth certificate or other proof of the child’s age, the child’s previous school records and immunizations records. Check with the school for additional requirements. Required immunizations for a child enrolling in kindergarten are as follows: five doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis; four doses of polio; four doses of Hib; two doses of measles, mumps and rubella; three doses of hepatitis B; and two doses of varicella. For more details on North Carolina’s minimum vaccine requirements for students in grades K-12, visit the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s website at or

In 2010, North Carolina, along with 42 other states, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Department of Defense Education Activity, adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. At present, national Common Core State Standards exist only for English language arts and mathematics, with science and social studies in development, though North Carolina has state standards across the full curriculum. For more information, visit


Charter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students and have open enrollment. For more information or a listing of charter schools in North Carolina, visit the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s website at


For an introduction to home schooling in North Carolina, visit the North Carolina State Board of Education’s website at Here you will find information on home-school rules and regulations, testing information, home-school curriculum providers and more.

North Carolinians for Home Education

4441 Six Forks Road
Suite 106, Box 144
Raleigh, NC 27609

Founded in 1984, North Carolinians for Home Education is a private, volunteer organization active at the state level, serving homeschoolers in North Carolina and beyond.


To search for local private schools in North Carolina, visit the National Center for Education Statistics website and use the private school search tool at Users may search by location, religious affiliation, school type or other categories.

Choosing a School

Choosing the right school is very important, so be sure to research each one before deciding. Contact the school by phone or by visiting its website, which is a valuable source to learn about a school district statistics and curriculum. Talk to people in the area, especially friends and colleagues who already live there.

If the school shows promise, schedule a visit and bring a list of written questions about student-teacher ratios, computer availability, extracurricular activities, sports programs, music programs, gifted programs and grading standards.

Discuss the potential school with your child: what they liked and what they didn’t like. Your family’s ability to readily adapt to a move and to find happiness in your new home may depend, in part, on how happy your children are in their new school.


Camp Lejeune School District

855 Stone St.
Camp Lejeune, NC 28547

The Camp Lejeune School District has one primary school, three elementary schools, an intermediate school, a middle school and a high school. The schools are managed by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) as part of the North Carolina District of Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools.

Camp Lejeune Dependents Schools have a half-day preschool program for all children who are 4 years old by Sept. 1 and living on base. Some 3-year-olds may qualify to attend if they have certain developmental delays. To register children in the DODEA school system, parents or guardians must reside in base housing or have a letter from the base housing office stating they will have base housing within 90 school days. Registration is conducted year-round at the school of attendance.

Onslow County School Systems

200 Broadhurst Road
Jacksonville, NC 28540

The Onslow County School’s student population is approximately 26,000 with 37 educational facilities, including 20 elementary schools, eight middle schools, seven high schools, one early childhood development center and one alternative learning program.

Universities/Higher Education

Camp Lejeune Education and Academics Universities Higher Education

Onslow County has plenty of opportunities for continuing education. The Education Assistance Branch, Personal & Professional Development Program, of the Marine and Family Programs Division, oversees all off-duty education. Their two locations, at the John A. Lejeune Education Center, Building 825, Stone Street aboard MCB Camp Lejeune, and MCAS New River Education Center Building AS-212 Bancroft Street, offer adult and continuing education opportunities for personal growth and career development.

The opportunities offered by Education Assistance include: Military Academic Skills Program, basic academic advising, financial aid information, military transcripts, U.S. Military Apprenticeship Program, comprehensive military and civilian testing programs, Learning Lab, GED examination program and high school completion program via Coastal Carolina Community College, and the Personal Financial Management Program. A research and study library is inside the John A. Lejeune Education Center. For hours, call 910-451-3091. Use the following contact information to start your search for the school that is right for you.

American Military University

Bldg. 825, Stone Street
Camp Lejeune, NC 28547

Boston University – MCB Camp Lejeune

Bldg. 825, Stone Street
Camp Lejeune, NC 28547

Campbell University

Bldg. 825, Stone Street
Camp Lejeune, NC 28547

Coastal Carolina Community College

444 Western Blvd.
Jacksonville, NC 28546

Miller-Motte College–Jacksonville

1291 A Hargett St.
Jacksonville, NC 28540

Southern Illinois University Carbondale— MCB Camp Lejeune

Bldg. 825, Stone Street
Camp Lejeune, NC 28547

University of Mount Olive at Jacksonville

2543 Onslow Drive
Jacksonville, NC 28540

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Bldg. 825, Stone Street
Camp Lejeune, NC 28547

University of North Carolina Wilmington– Onslow Extension

444 Western Blvd.
Jacksonville, NC 28546

University of Phoenix

Bldg. 825, Stone Street
Camp Lejeune, NC 28547

Webster University— MCB Camp Lejeune

Bldg. 825, Stone Street, Room 115
Camp Lejeune, NC 28547


Camp Lejeune Education and Academics Libraries

Public libraries in Onslow County offer learning, recreation, distance education, internet connections and other resources for users — all for free. In addition, school libraries that support the curriculum and offer internet access and other resources are in most public and private schools, and academic and special libraries are found in colleges and universities. The State Library of North Carolina,, supports libraries in the state with resources, interlibrary loans and other assistance.

Residents can make use of and enjoy several academic and public libraries in Onslow County. Get information about services, hours and events by visiting the branches’ websites. For a directory of libraries in North Carolina, visit the State Library of North Carolina website. The following public library branches are located near MCB Camp Lejeune-MCAS New River.

Main Library/Jacksonville

58 Doris Ave. E
Jacksonville, NC 28540

Maysville Branch Library

605 Seventh St.
Maysville, NC 28555

Richlands Branch Library

299 S. Wilmington St.
Richlands, NC 28574 910.324.5321

Sneads Ferry Branch Library

1330 Highway 210
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460

Swansboro Branch Library

1460 W. Corbett Ave.
Swansboro, NC 28584

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