• Education

  • The value we place on education resonates in our students’ test scores and our school system accolades. With more than 20,000 students, Iredell-Statesville Schools ranks among the 20 largest school districts in North Carolina. Student performance continues to improve, placing Iredell-Statesville Schools among the top 25% of school districts in the state. In fact, our SAT scores, graduation rate, and writing scores are among the best in North Carolina.  In 2013-2014 Iredell Statesville Schools graduation rate rose to 89.3% for the school year, compared to the national average of 81%. As a district committed to quality and a 2008 recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, Iredell-Statesville Schools serves as a model school district not only for other districts in North Carolina, but also across the entire nation.  Only five schools systems throughout the United States have won the prestigious Baldridge Award.  


    Iredell-Statesville Schools’ superintendents have been recognized twice in the last ten years for their extraordinary work.   In 2009, Superintendent Terry Holliday was named the Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year.  Five years later, his predecessor and current superintendent, Brady Johnson received the same accolade.   In addition, Statesville is home to the 2016 southwest education Alliance principal of the year, Amy Rhyne at East Iredell Elementary.


    Our fine Iredell public schools are matched by excellent charter schools and several private educational institutions. Acclaimed Davidson College lies just 15 minutes from our borders, UNC-Charlotte is just 40 minutes south, and Wake Forest University is located 45 minutes east in Winston-Salem.



    Iredell-Statesville Schools

    To rigorously challenge students to achieve their academic potential and lead productive lives – that’s the primary goal of Iredell-Statesville Schools.  Our teachers and administrators expect all students to graduate from high school with mastery in reading, math and communication skills, prepared to continue their education at a university or community college or to secure a job that leads to a rewarding career.

    The system’s academic curriculum follows the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. In addition, the school system offers enhancement courses for academically gifted students, remediation programs to raise students to grade level or better, and special programs for students who have physical, mental or emotional challenges. Exceptional Children’s programs are available, as needed, to all students in grades K-12 who meet state and federal qualifications. In addition, our support staff includes a full range of trained therapists and psychologists.


    Statesville is proud to be the home of several thriving innovative academic programs throughout our city limits. 





    Dual Immersion: A dual language program allows students from two different language backgrounds to receive academic instruction in two languages--English and Spanish.  The goal is to develop literacy in both languages. This program began at East Iredell Elementary during the 2009-10 school year and has expanded to K-5 making up 50% of our classrooms school-wide.  Each of the dual-language classrooms is comprised of approximately half Spanish-speaking and half English-speaking students. For the first year, approximately 90 percent of the curriculum (reading, writing, math, science, social studies) is taught in Spanish and 10% in English. In the grades following kindergarten, students follow an A/B rotation each day. On A Day the students receive all core academic instruction in Spanish and on B Day the students receive all core academic instruction in English. This results in approximately a 50/50 split of English and Spanish instruction. In the grades following kindergarten, students follow an A/B rotation each day.  For more information click here



    Schools who provide Dual Immersion Program: East Iredell Elementary



    Leader In Me : The Leader in Me program is a school wide process that integrates timeless leadership principles into the school culture. LIM teaches the foundational skills of leadership, accountability, adaptability, initiative and self-direction, problem solving, responsibility, communication, teamwork, creativity and a strong sense of purpose. Leader in Me schools foster student empowerment and accountability by creating a school culture built around the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  East Iredell Elementary was also awarded lighthouse status this year as a result of their excellent job with the Leader In Me Program.


    • Habit 1: Be proactive. You’re in charge.
    • Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind. Have a plan.
    • Habit 3: Put first things first. Work first, then play.
    • Habit 4: Think Win-Win. Everyone can win.
    • Habit 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood. Listen before you talk.
    • Habit 6: Synergize. Together is better.
    • Habit 7: Sharpen the saw. Balance feels best.

    Schools who provide Leader In Me Program: Third Creek Elementary, East Iredell Elementary, & Cloverleaf Elementary


    AP Academy:. The James Iredell AP Academy provides students with rigorous courses to challenge learners to prepare for the future.  This AP Academy offers a wide range of AP course including English, U.S. History, U.S. Government and Politics, World History, Physics, Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Calculus, and Foreign Language and more. AP Courses allow students to earn university credit for a variety of advanced placement (AP) courses


     Students throughout the Iredell Statesville School system have access to AP courses at all of our high schools. A variety of AP courses are provided online as well as in the classrooms at each of our high school locations. 


    Schools who provide AP Academy include: Statesville High School, West Iredell High School


    Schools who provide AP courses include: North Iredell Highschool, South Iredell High School, Lake Norman High School


    Career Academy and Technical School (CATS): Each student who is not university-bound is required to complete a career-technical education pathway that will prepare them for entry into either a community college or the job market. Career-technical education programs include courses in agriculture, business, career development, marketing, health occupations, family & consumer sciences, trade & industry and network engineering, and our career-oriented students compete regularly in district, state and national student competitions.

     For more information click here



    Fine Arts Magnet of Iredell Statesville Schools (FAMIS): is an honors-level arts program housed at Statesville High School through which high school students in Iredell County can pursue a high school diploma centered in the fine arts. FAMIS courses are honors-level, specialty arts courses available to students enrolled in Statesville High School or Crossroads Early College.  Students enrolled in other ISS high schools may enroll in FAMIS courses as well, but will likely need to provide their own transportation to and from Statesville High School for those courses during the school day. For more information click here



    Schools who provide FAMIS program include: Statesville High School.




    Early College: In high school, students may participate in dual enrollment courses at Mitchell Community College (MCC) or nearby UNC Charlotte. Mitchell Community College operates two early college high schools in partnership with local school system and a four-year college through the support of the North Carolina New Schools.  Early College provides motivated Iredell County students the opportunity to graduate from a five-year program with a high school diploma and up to two years of transferable college credit with no cost to the student for tuition or books.  Students enroll in the Cooperative Innovate High School Pathway in the ninth grade through an admission process unique to each early college. For more information click here



    Mitchell Community College

    Part of North Carolina’s nationally recognized community college system, Mitchell Community College offers classes tied directly to local workforce needs, plus provides an affordable option for students to earn their first two-years of credit towards a four-year degree.

    Distinguished by a 153-year history, Mitchell Community College prepares students to continue studies in a wide range of fields at colleges and universities across the state, and readies graduates to meet the vocational and technical demands of a highly-competitive workplace. The college also offers pre-college programs in adult basic education and literacy, as well as both short- and long-range occupational training in a number of job-related fields through its Continuing Education Division.

    Mitchell Community College provides students with the opportunity to pursue their education using instructional methodologies beyond traditional expectations.

    For more information about Mitchell Community College, please visit their web site at www.mitchellcc.edu.



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