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Hello and welcome to the new website for McDowell County Schools.  The goal for our new site was to simplify things.  Most Navigation and links will be found at the top of the site.  As we are rebuilding the entire site we know bugs will appear.  If you notice one, please fill out this form to let us know.

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North Carolina Read to Achieve Accountability Measures Process

Per 115c-83.1J, local boards of education shall annually publish Read to Achieve district-wide results, which show the progress of reading proficiency for a district's 3rd grade students. District Read to Achieve for McDowell County can be accessed on the Testing and Accountability page. You can also click the title to view the pdf of the results.

Titan Academy Newsletter

Each month, MHS is publishing at Titan Academy Newsletter. The Titan Academy is an initiative at McDowell High School to improve student performance. It implements educational strategies that have been developed, researched, and found effective over the past twenty years in many schools throughout our nation. The Titan Academy is designed to ease the transition of freshman students from middle school to high school.

Click the Title to read the August Newsletter.

German Partnership Meeting

There will be a meeting for all Juniors & Seniors interested in participating in our German partnership with Duborg-Skolen Thursday, September 3rd at 6pm in the CTE Conference Room. This is for anyone interested in hosting a German student for a week in November and/or traveling to Germany in March. Parents should also attend this meeting. Students who traveled last year are required to attend.

Operation Backpack

700 students received school supply assistance during the 17th Operation Backpack Summer Distribution. This assistance was only possible because of our giving and caring community!
Operation Backpack is a year-round program. If a student needs supplies during the school year, please let the school Principal or counselor know. Supplies will be available to the student as quickly as possible.

During the year, monetary donations may be written to The Endowment Fund, marked for Operation Backpack, and mailed or brought to McDowell County Schools, 334 South Main Street, PO Box 130, Marion, NC 28752. Supply donations may be brought to this same location.

If you have questions or need further information, please contact Melanie Dunham at 828-652-4535 x106 or

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SAT Registration Deadline
Date: 9/3/2015
German Partnership Meeting (Juniors and Seniors)
Date: 9/3/2015, 6 PM 7 PM
Location: CTE Conference Room at MHS
No School-Holiday
Date: 9/7/2015
Senior Night
Date: 9/14/2015, 5:30 PM 7:30 PM
Location: McDowell High School
ACT Registration Deadline
Date: 9/18/2015