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East McDowell Middle School students at the Outer Banks


about 40 teachers with awards

Teachers whose students achieved growth in the top 25% in North Carolina.

high senior giving high fives to elementary students

Class of 2018 Senior Walk at Eastfield Global Magnet School

13 Teachers holding flowers

Teachers of the Year

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

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 2017-18.  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 2018-19.
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

Michelle Baker Completes Leadership Program

Michelle Baker, principal of Eastfield Global Magnet School, recently completed the Distinguished Leadership Program (DLP), a year‐long leadership development program for practicing school principals designed and provided by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principal’s Association and sponsored by the American Express Foundation through the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development (NCASLD.)

What do you think the future will look like in 2050?

Help the N.C. Department of Transportation develop proactive strategies to prepare for changes that will impact transportation. Fill out the survey provided or online at by May 17, 2019 to help shape the future. Click the title to access the survey

Free Weekend Meals from the Corpening YMCA

Free Weekend Meals!
Every Saturday
11 am —1 pm
Corpening Memorial YMCA

Join the YMCA for healthy food and
fun activities:
arts and crafts
book club
and rock climbing!

Free for anyone under 18.
Y membership not required to participate.
For more information on accessing food and/or volunteering with the program visit:

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Bus Drivers Appreciation Dinner
Date: 5/6/2019, 6:30 PM 8 PM
Location: Countryside BBQ
McDowell County Board of Education Meeting
Date: 5/13/2019, 6:30 PM 8:30 PM
Location: 334 S Main Street, Marion NC 28752
McDowell Early College Graduation
Date: 5/17/2019, 7 PM 9 PM
Location: East McDowell Middle School, 676 State St, Marion, NC 28752, USA
No School-Holiday
Date: 5/27/2019
Last Day (Half Day)
Date: 6/7/2019