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McDowell County Schools Preschool Programs


NCPreK is a Pre-K program designed to prepare 4-year-olds for Kindergarten. Acceptance is based on income eligibility and other criteria. NCPreK is a child-centered program providing the highest standard of learning available for 4-year-olds. We currently have a NC PreK classroom in all 8 of our elementary schools and 2 located at Sugar Hill HeadStart.



NC PreK Registration for the 2019-2020 school year has started!!!!

Please bring a birth certificate, proof of income (W2s or paycheck stub), current well check and immunizations to complete the application process. If the student's birthday is between now and August 31, 2019 you can return the Health Assessment and Immunizations after the registration meeting. You will need to have an appointment scheduled to ensure documents are complete close to the 4th birthday.

We look forward to helping you register your child!


A registration day will be held at each school from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Glenwood Elementary-   March 15, 2019 and April 19, 2019

Old Fort Elementary- April 5, 2019

Pleasant Gardens Elementary- April 10, 2019

Nebo Elementary- April 12, 2019

North Cove Elementary- April 17, 2019

West Marion Elementary- March 22, 2019

Marion Elementary- April 3, 2019

Eastfield Global Magnet- Registration will be completed by Head Start.  Please call them at (828)652-3229 for more information.


Please contact Lorrie Smith at (828)442-2415 to register.




McDowell County Schools Preschool Programs

Notice of Public Meeting


The McDowell County NC Pre-K Committee will meet on April 11, 2018 at 10:00 am in the Conference Room at the

McDowell County Schools Central Office,

334 S.Main Street

Marion, NC 28752



The purpose of this meeting will be to share updates from the NC PreK Program and the beginning the site selection process for the 2019-2020 school year.