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Class of 2019 Senior Walk at Nebo Elementary School

Class of 2019 Senior Walk at Nebo Elementary School

Group shot of 14 people that are each the teacher of the year at their school

Teachers of the Year 2019-2020

students with race bibs

North Cove Run Club about to race in the Old Fort Super Leader 5k

Students on Wright Flyer Model

WMMS at the Outer Banks

East McDowell Middle School students at the Outer Banks


Superintendent's Message

Superintendent Mark Garrett Behind Desk
On behalf of the Board of Education and our family of educators, I want to welcome you to McDowell County Schools. Our district is made up of fourteen schools and is fully accredited. We also have a Head Start program and NC Pre-K classrooms to serve community pre-school needs.  This means we have the great pleasure of serving students as young as six weeks of age all the way up to high school seniors.
We are excited about the accomplishments of 2018-19.  State accountability results are up. On-time graduation rates are at record highs.  Dropouts are decreasing. Students are earning both academic and industry credentials with many completing internships across the region.  Staff turnover is among the lowest in the state. Buses safely travel over 750,000 miles each year. School cafeterias serve more than 1.3 million meals annually.  And these are but a few examples of the successes taking place all across McDowell County Schools. We look forward to even greater things in 2019-20.
Please take time to explore our website to learn more about us.  I encourage you to check back frequently to keep up with McDowell County Schools news and events.  You can also see great things taking place in our schools by following us on our social media platforms:
Twitter: @mcdowell590
We invite you to partner with us to make McDowell County Schools the absolute best place for education.
Mark R. Garrett

News & Announcements

Universal High School Application

Every 8th grader in McDowell County has the opportunity to indicate which of the three high schools he/she thinks is the best choice for his/her future, based on current aspirations. All 8th graders should complete this universal application by February 14.

Students and parents can learn more about all three high schools at the meetings listed below.

Parent Meetings:
West McDowell Middle School -- January 23 at 6:30pm
East McDowell Middle School -- January 28 at 6:30pm

Open Houses:
McDowell Early College -- February 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
McDowell Academy for Innovation -- February 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
McDowell High School -- February 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

This application must be submitted by midnight on February 14, 2020. Students will be notified of selection decisions via email on February 28, 2020.

To see the information presented at student and parent meetings, please go to

LUKA KINARD AND MOM (Click here for flyer!)

A mom and son's journey through the cycle of vaping addiction to becoming an advocate for helping others.

JANUARY 30, 2020


6:00- 7:30PM

Brought to you by:
School Health Advisory Committee
McDowell Youth Forward
McDowell County Schools Student Services

Bus Drivers Needed!

Do you enjoy working with children? Would you consider a part-time job with a starting pay of $14.28 per hour, with no experience required? If this sounds interesting, we encourage you to apply for a school bus driver position with McDowell County Schools. A school bus driver training class is scheduled for December 10, 11, & 12, 2019, at McDowell Technical Community College. Anyone interested in attending class and driving a school bus should apply in person at the bus garage at 7 Reid Street. Please contact our transportation department at 652-7610 for more information.

Parents of Students with Autism

Come Join Us!

October 29 th from 8:30am until 10am
A Walk in Your Child’s Shoes ~
Making and Keeping Friends
Speakers ~ AU Team Members

Workshop is sponsored by Exceptional Children’s Staff

In Board Room @ Central Office

Donuts and coffee will be served – Child care provided – Advance
Notice Required!

Please call 652-6580 ext. 1203
If you need more information and/or childcare.

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No School-Annual Leave Day
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No School-Annual Leave Day
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