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The Alexander County Schools system provides educational services and opportunities for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The system has one high school, two middle schools, seven elementary schools, a Head Start Program and an Alternative Learning Program.


The school system’s motto “Children First” summarizes the attitude that teachers, staff, and administrators have concerning the educational goals of our students. Each school’s goal is to enable children to reach their fullest potential. Each school has developed its own school improvement plan that includes plans for student safety, staff development, appropriate curriculum, and meeting the needs of special populations. The schools encourage parent and community support for education.

Alexander County Schools follows the North Carolina Standard Course of Study which includes Arts Education, Computer and Technology Skills, English as a Second Language, English Language Arts, Guidance, Healthful Living, Information Skills, Mathematics, Second Language, Science, Social Studies, and Career and Technical Education.

A fully accredited two-year institution, Catawba Valley Community College offers more than 90 different degrees, diplomas and certificates ranging from Internet technologies and graphic arts to healthcare and cyber crime.

CVCC’s open-door policy ensures that all citizens have the opportunity to improve their life through education. Recent high school graduates as well as working adults and career changers have access to quality, affordable learning options.

An articulation agreement between the North Carolina Community College system and the University of North Carolina system makes it possible for students to complete the first two years of a four-year degree at CVCC and transfer to a UNC school.

Each fall and spring semester, more than 4,500 students enroll in college credit classes at CVCC. In addition, more than 10,000 students enroll in Corporate & Continuing Education courses annually, including occupational certifications and personal enrichment classes.

New businesses considering locating or expanding in Alexander County can rely on CVCC’s tremendous workforce training expertise. From industrial maintenance to satisfying the demand for highly skilled healthcare workers, CVCC keeps pace with our ever-changing economy. For more information, visit the web at, or call 828-327-7000.

For those who don’t want to leave home to pursue that four-year degree, CVCC proudly helped launch the Hickory Metro Higher Education Center (HMHEC) in 2003. The first of its kind in the state, the HMHEC offers graduate and undergraduate degrees from many state universities and private colleges, as well as continuing education programs for busy adults. More than 75 part-time and full-time bachelor’s and master’s degree programs are available from HMHEC’s partners, enabling most students to complete a bachelor’s degree in two to three years and master’s degree in two years. Please contact HMHEC at 324-6966 or online at

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