The Topsail schools are the best in Pender County and, in my research, I believe that Pender Schools are the best in SE NC. That being said, it's a dual-edged sword. Pender is a largely rural area with a limited economic base. The schools are good and the staffs, for the most part, are good. The number of academic selections and extracurricular activities are more limited and in athletics some bureaucrat in Raleigh elected to place Topsail HS in a 3A/4A conference (meaning they play larger schools) which results in their getting their butts kicked regularly. The facilities are good. Try comparing your previous schools with Pender Schools on a site like Greatschools.com. I moved from Fairfax County, VA and my son is at THS.