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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Catawba County Schools is an above average, public school district located in Newton, NC. It has 16,375 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 46% of students are at least proficient in math and 50% in reading.

Catawba County Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
50%
Percent Proficient - Math
46%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1140
570 responses
Average ACT
24
445 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
16,375
Free or Reduced Lunch
51.4%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$45,387
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.7%

Finances

Total Expenses
$141,629,000
Expenses Per Student
$8,860/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    63%
  • Support Services
    31%
  • Other
    6%
Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$42,320
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$730
National
$949
Median Home Value
$107,700
National
$184,700

Catawba County Schools Reviews

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As someone who has moved from county to county, I can say that Catawba county offers an expansive range of opportunities for students to participate in early-college programs and ensures that all students have the information available to them. Catawba county schools are also very cooperative with one another and work as a collective team rather than following stigmatization of "rival schools." The one thing that I would improve about the school system is to not only prioritize budget spending on sports but to also allow the musical, artistic, and theatrical cultures to grow and expand. I believe that it is important to balance ALL extracurricular activities and to allow students to explore their interests equally; not only showing them the physical side. But despite these suggestions to the county's policies, I have had an amazing 3 years at my high school and in the county!
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Good funding, support, and organization in comparison to other NC public school systems. Making a difference in a child's life in the best thing! Lots of support from principals and other staff! Safe environment to work and learn in! I was always eager to go to school and had a wonderful relationship with
my teachers. The director and teachers make themselves very accessible and very supportive. The school provides a safe, loving and secure environment.
The administration for CCS is very involved and proactive in any issues. I do believe some of the schools could use more attention individually, but believe they work to resolve issues as much as they can. CCS was always a proud community to be apart of and I support them continually!