Giving to the Watson School of Education
"Community partnerships are the connections that keep us strong. Watson stays connected to many aspects of their community."

Outreach is a central part of the Watson College of Education's mission. Throughout the year, the Watson College provides a variety of services to the community including intensive tutoring to area students, day camps for children in under-represented communities and competitions in science and math.

From our University-School Partnerships, one of the strongest and most comprehensive examples of university-school partnerships in the nation, to the Razor Walker Awards, which awards community members for their contributions to education, the Watson College is always reaching out.

View our Centers & Community Engagement brochure >

Betty Stike Education Laboratory

The Betty Stike Education Laboratory offers one-on-one teaching for school children throughout the school year. Programs are offered in reading, math and special needs. Special needs testing is also be available at no charge.

One-on-one teaching is offered during Spring, Fall and Summer Semesters. Placements are made very early in each semester, so please contact us now to be placed on our call list. Visit the Betty Stike Education Laboratory website for more information >


CESTEM provides professional development opportunities to regional K-16 instructors and educational opportunities to regional K-12 students to improve the quality of pre-college science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. CESTEM is responsible for training K-16 teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics content knowledge so they have the information to teach their students

D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy

D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy is a K-8 year-round public school that was opened by UNCW in July 2018.  The school offers a family-friendly environment, with a focus on the whole child and opportunities that extend to the UNCW campus and broader community. D.C. Virgo, where families come to school together! Learn more >

Isaac Bear Early College High School

Isaac Bear Early College High School opened in the fall of 2006 as a partnership between the North Carolina New Schools Project, New Hanover County Schools and the University of North Carolina Wilmington. As an early college high school, students participate in an accelerated high school education program that offers honors courses to prepare students for the rigor of college.


MarineQuest is the official marine science outreach program for the University of North Carolina WilmingtonWatson College of Education, and the Center for Marine Science providing young people with opportunities to explore, discover and value our marine habitats. Whether you experience MarineQuest as a summer camper exploring the ocean or as a student on a school field trip discovering the marsh, the outcome is the same: MarineQuest is more than just another day at the beach; MarineQuest is making waves in environmental education!

Professional Development System University-School Partnership

Our PDS is a partnership among the Watson College of Education and 210 schools (including eight early colleges, two public charter schools and one Laboratory School). The partnership is intensive in that it collaborates with districts in placing student interns, provides critical professional development, develops research, supports the design and implementation of grants, informs our teacher education programs, builds quality teaching capacity, values reciprocity, and engages in reflective practice by building a community of learners. Our PDS supports a continuum of professional learning that begins with the recruitment of future teachers and supports their ongoing development throughout their career as leaders in our profession.

Razor Walker Awards

Since 1993, the Watson College of Education has honored individuals whose vision, tenacity, courage and sacrifice have made a difference in the lives of young people in our state. Many of these individuals have overcome great obstacles and taken significant professional risk to support the education and health of children and youth. Learn more about the Razor Walker Awards >

Youth Programs

Begin your journey to higher education by participating in one of UNCW's outstanding programs for youth of all ages. We offer summer academic enrichment opportunities, school year standards-based programs, and community outreach events that engage youth in experiential education, service learning and leadership development. Visit the Youth Programs website for more information >