Educational opportunities for all ages abound in this stretch of the Carolina Coast, beginning with an award-winning public school system. Brunswick County Schools serves more than 12,500 students at 19 elementary, middle school and high schools, and the county recently approved an ambitious $152 million plan to move local schools and students to the head of the class nationally. Calabash residents are zoned for Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary, Shallotte Middle, and West Brunswick High.
Opportunities for higher and continued education are also available in the area. Brunswick Community College in nearby Shallotte, Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, and Horry Georgetown Technical College just across the state line offer college-level courses and two-year associates degree programs, while the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, provide various four-year undergraduate programs and post-graduate degrees. The Tar Heel State is also home to some of the finest schools in the country, including Duke, Wake Forest and North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and NC State.