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Eastfield Global Magnet School Students in front of the school

Eastfield Global Magnet School

McDowell High School teachers and students in chef outfits

MHS Culinary Students

East McDowell Middle School students at the Outer Banks


McDowell County Schools Teachers of the Year 2017

Teachers of the Year

Superintendent's Message

Superintendent Mark Garrett Behind Desk
MCS Family,
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 several 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 2016-17.  State accountability results are up.  On time graduation rates are at record highs.  Drop outs are decreasing.  Students are earning more 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 2017-18.
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

MCS featured in STEM SmartBrief

screenshot of article from STEM SmartBrief

The collaboration between Pleasant Gardens Elementary School and West McDowell Middle School was recently featured in STEM SmartBrief. As part of a partnership between the schools, the older students recently developed science and math lessons they have taught to their younger peers, including a slime-based experiment on the stages of matter and finger painting.
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Duke Energy Science Night at West Marion Elementary School

West Marion Elementary School will present Duke Energy Science Night on March 22, 5:00-6:00, at West Marion Elementary School. Duke Energy Science Night is an official event of the 2018 North Carolina Science Festival presented by the Biogen Foundation.

Science Night will include fun activities that involve science, technology, engineering, and math topics designed to be engaging, hands-on and accessible. Students will make tin foil boats, catapults, parachutes, and more. This is a free event and open to the public.

For more information about Duke Energy Science Night, contact Renata Crawley at .

As an official 2018 North Carolina Science Festival event, Duke Energy Science Night is among hundreds of community-based events that are showcasing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities for the citizens of North Carolina.

Founded in 2010, the North Carolina Science Festival is the first statewide science festival in the United States. Through a series of community-based events each April (hosted by schools, colleges, libraries, museums, parks, businesses and other local organizations), the Festival celebrates the economic, educational, and cultural impact of science in North Carolina.

“Science is fun, science is everywhere, science is for everyone — that’s what the North Carolina Science Festival is all about,” said Jonathan Frederick, Festival director. “In 2018, we have a special focus on ‘The Science of Food and Drink’ with events for the full month of April.”

The North Carolina Science Festival is presented by the Biogen Foundation and produced by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information, visit

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No School-Annual Leave Day
Date: 3/26/2018
Board of Education Work Session
Date: 3/26/2018, 5:30 PM 7:30 PM
Location: 334 South Main Street, Marion, NC.
No School-Annual Leave Day
Date: 3/27/2018
No School-Annual Leave Day
Date: 3/28/2018
No School-Annual Leave Day
Date: 3/29/2018