The value we place on education resonates in our students’ test scores and our school system accolades. Students in The Iredell-Statesville School System consistently post some of the highest SAT scores for the 12 NC counties in the Charlotte Regional Partnership. In 2009, Iredell-Statesville Schools’ superintendent was named the Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year. In addition, Iredell-Statesville Schools received the 2009 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
Our fine Iredell public schools are matched by excellent charter schools and several private educational institutions. Along with historic Mitchell Community College, Statesville houses a branch of Garner-Webb University. Acclaimed Davidson College lies just 15 minutes from our borders, UNC-Charlotte is just 40 minutes south, and Wake Forest University is located 45 minutes east in Winston-Salem.
To rigorously challenge students to achieve their academic potential and lead productive lives – that’s the primary goal of Iredell-Statesville Schools. Our teachers and administrators expect all students to graduate from high school with mastery in reading, math and communication skills, prepared to continue their education at a university or community college or to secure a job that leads to a rewarding career.
The system’s academic curriculum follows the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. In addition, the school system offers enhancement courses for academically gifted students, remediation programs to raise students to grade level or better, and special programs for students who have physical, mental or emotional challenges. Exceptional Children’s programs are available, as needed, to all students in grades K-12 who meet state and federal qualifications. In addition, our support staff includes a full range of trained therapists and psychologists.
In high school, students may participate in dual enrollment courses at Mitchell Community College (MCC) or nearby UNC Charlotte. They can also enroll in “Huskins” courses at MCC and receive both college and high school credit. Students can earn university credit for a variety of advanced placement (AP) courses, including English, U.S. History, U.S. Government and Politics, World History, Physics, Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Calculus, and Foreign Language.
Each student who is not university-bound is required to complete a career-technical education pathway that will prepare them for entry into either a community college or the job market. Career-technical education programs include courses in agriculture, business, career development, marketing, health occupations, family & consumer sciences, trade & industry and network engineering, and our career-oriented students compete regularly in district, state and national student competitions.
- Operates 17 Elementary Schools, seven middle schools, five high schools (1 offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme), two Early College High Schools. two International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programmes, a career academy, and two alternative schools.
- Maintains system-wide SAT scores that exceed the state average.
- Became one of the first school systems in the state to have every classroom computerized and networked to each other and the Internet.
- Requires that all students pass a computer competency test by eighth grade.
- Teaches cultural arts in all schools, including general art and music in elementary schools; chorus, band, drama and specialized art in middle and high schools.
- Incorporates organized athletics in all middle and high schools, with a full range of JV and Varsity sports that have led to multiple state championships.
Click to view the Iredell-Statesville Schools 2012-2013 Report Card.
For more information about the Iredell-Statesville School System please visit www.iss.k12.nc.us.
Part of North Carolina’s nationally recognized community college system, Mitchell Community College offers classes tied directly to local workforce needs, plus provides an affordable option for students to earn their first two-years of credit towards a four-year degree.
Distinguished by a 153-year history, Mitchell Community College prepares students to continue studies in a wide range of fields at colleges and universities across the state, and readies graduates to meet the vocational and technical demands of a highly-competitive workplace. The college also offers pre-college programs in adult basic education and literacy, as well as both short- and long-range occupational training in a number of job-related fields through its Continuing Education Division.
Mitchell Community College provides students with the opportunity to pursue their education using instructional methodologies beyond traditional expectations.
For more information about Mitchell Community College, please visit their web site at www.mitchellcc.edu.
Gardner-Webb University is a coeducational, religious-affiliated university based in Boiling Springs, NC. Focused on providing learning of distinction in the liberal arts throughout North Carolina, the University offers a second branch in Statesville. Gardner-Webb University at Statesville provides comprehensive, extended professional studies, including its Greater Opportunities for Adult Learners (GOAL) Program. This program enables adults who possess an Associate Degree or equivalent (60 – 64 semester hours) to earn a Bachelor of Science degree during off-work hours.
Courses of study at the branch location include Accounting, Business Administration, Health Management, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Human Services, Religious Studies and Nursing. Master’s Degrees are granted in Mental Health Counseling, Elementary Education, Secondary English Education and School Administration. Classes are held during afternoon and evening hours, and many courses (particular those for graduate programs) are offered on-line to make them even more accessible for working adults.
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