Discover the diverse K-12 educational landscape in Iredell County, offering excellence, advanced programs, career pathways, arts, and more to over 30,000 students.

We Serve Every Learner

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Iredell County offers diverse educational options through its 51 public schools across two districts: Iredell-Statesville Schools and Mooresville Graded School District. Together, they serve over 30,000 students with a 91% graduation rate.

With 96% of K-12 students attending public schools, our systems rank among North Carolina’s top 25 districts. Additionally, the county houses 13 private schools for 1,325 students and 5 charter schools for 4,586 students.

NC School Report Cards for Iredell Schools

Academic Excellence & Advanced Programs

The Academically Gifted Programs are designed to rigorously challenge students by recognizing, cultivating, nurturing, and offering opportunities for continued academic, social, and/or emotional growth through differentiated educational services beyond the regular education core curriculum.

Advanced Placement offerings are sponsored and supported by the College Board. Information is available through the College Board Website -What is AP? Advanced Placement courses allow students to earn early college credits while attending high school. These courses are most often yearlong and provide students college level curriculum.  Students often must meet prerequisites to qualify for AP Courses and at the conclusion of each course must take and pass the Advanced Placement Exam aligned to their selected course(s) in order to earn the college credit.  Within Iredell-Statesville Schools all traditional high schools offer AP coursework.  However, West Iredell Middle School and West Iredell High School are working together to create a partnership of support for students to increase accessibility to AP offerings! 

With its international focus, the International Baccalaureate Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes help students develop academically, socially, emotionally and culturally as they grow to become citizens of the world. The International Baccalaureate Organization promotes the sharing of best practices to introduce a multicultural understanding and international credibility to its curriculum. The IBO requires consistency in staff development and programme assessment at all of its international schools throughout the world. 

Mooresville High School introduced the National Academy Foundation, Academy of Engineering at Mooresville High School in the 2019-2020 school year.  NAF provides a  national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure high school students are college, career, and future ready. The network of career-themed academies is designed to offer small learning communities within the schools.  The program emphasizes getting students paid internships in their junior or senior year to give them hands-on experience and a resume builder. Mooresville High School Academy of Engineering Program of Study includes.

iAcademy is a unique approach to public education through a hybrid of time spent learning in class and at home. The best of both worlds, flexibility is built into the fabric of the program. Parents choose which aspects will most benefit their student and create a customized learning plan with the instructor. 

Mitchell Community College operates three early college high schools in partnership with Iredell Statesville Schools.  The Early College program 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 college credit with no cost to the student for tuition or books. Students typically enroll in the early college in the ninth grade through an admission process. Interested students should apply during the fall of their eighth-grade year.

Career, Technical, and Dual Pathways

Career and Technical School centrally located in Troutman, began in 2009 and offers 12+ career pathways and academies of study for sophomores, juniors and seniors.  Students enrolled in the program experience hands-on learning in specific trades that will earn them experience and a credential leading to employment immediately following high school graduation. 

Career academies are small, personalized learning communities focused on a particular pathway of study that equip students with job skills and ready them for success in the workplace.  They combine academic and career and technical curricula around a specific career them. They also have established partnerships with local employers to provide career awareness and work-based learning opportunities for students.  There are 12+ program pathways that are offered to students.   

Career & College Promise (CCP) is a partnership between both public school districts and Mitchell Community College which enables high school students to get a jump-start on earning college credits while still enrolled in high school.  The tuition is free. Eligible students may earn college transfer credits, workforce credentials, or both.  College Transfer Pathways designed for students to start working toward a four-year degree.  These structured pathways offer courses that, if successfully completed with a “C” or better, will seamlessly transfer to any public university and many private colleges and universities in the state.

Both school districts provide students with career pathways and courses at their high schools and in partnership with Mitchell Community College that are aligned with Iredell’s growing industries.  Students have the opportunity to choose a career pathway and take courses that they can earn a workforce credential for before ever graduating from high school.  The curriculum also allows students to explore their interests, experience hands-on-learning, and acquire skills in high-demand jobs in our community.  

CTE at Iredell-Statesville School District
CTE at Mooresville Graded School District  
CTE Pathways at Mitchell Community College 

dual language immersion 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. 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. Over time the instruction results in 50/50 split of English and Spanish instruction.  

To identify and recognize exemplary Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Schools and Programs, the STEM Schools of Distinction recognition program was developed. This program provides a standard definition of quality STEM implementation using the STEM School Progress Rubric as the framework and backbone of the application process for implementing the 5 Overarching STEM Principles. Lakeshore Elementary School is a NC STEM School of Distinction.

Arts, Language & Virtual Learning

Mooresville Graded School District and Iredell Statesville Schools both offer language instruction to support the needs of K-12 Multilingual learner (ML) students for whom English is not their first/home language. The goal is for these students to acquire the knowledge and language skills necessary to succeed in school and pursue their goals as part of the 21st-century global workforce.  

The A+ Schools Program is a division of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. A+ schools develop a creative culture in which the state’s mandated curriculum is taught through collaboration and multi-discipline integration, with the arts continuously woven into every child’s learning experience. Scotts Elementary is an A+ Arts Integrated School

Crossroads Arts and Science Early College, a joint venture between Iredell-Statesville Schools and Mitchell Community College (MCC), provides an honors curriculum with opportunities to participate in the Fine Arts Magnet for Iredell-Statesville Schools (FAMIS), sports and clubs at Statesville High School, as well as Associate’s degrees focused on the Arts and Sciences at MCC for a select group of students.

There are multiple options for students who prefer virtual and online learning:

  • Virtual Iredell-Statesville Schools, also called Virtual I-SS  or VISS,  houses online courses created and taught by our own I-SS teachers.  I-SS created online courses follow state curriculum and state testing expectations. Virtual I-SS also uses other resources to provide courses to students
    when an I-SS created course is not available.
  • iAcademy is a unique approach to public education through a hybrid of time spent learning in class and at home. The best of both worlds, flexibility is built into the fabric of the program. Parents choose which aspects will most benefit their student and create a customized learning plan with the instructor.
  • I-SS Virtual Academy is an option is for the student that wants to work 100% virtually from home and not report to a brick and mortar school building for class.

Explore Choice Programs

Iredell Statesville Schools Choice Programs

Mooresville Graded School District’s Choice Programs

Iredell Educational Performance Indicators