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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Cleveland County Schools is an above average, public school district located in Shelby, NC. It has 14,796 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 46% of students are at least proficient in math and 45% in reading.

Cleveland County Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
45%
Percent Proficient - Math
46%
Average Graduation Rate
88%
Average SAT
1110
412 responses
Average ACT
23
290 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
14,796
Free or Reduced Lunch
72.2%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$45,911
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.7%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$10,045/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    63%
  • Support Services
    31%
  • Other
    6%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$36,192
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$718
National
$949
Median Home Value
$116,100
National
$184,700

Cleveland County Schools Reviews

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Overall the Cleveland County School District was a very good one! Throughout my years there I have really enjoyed my teachers and appreciate the care they give to myself and my classmates! I have been taught not only the required classes but so many more life lessons from my teachers and sports coaches. The only thing that I personally didn’t like were a FEW teachers that you could tell were only there for their check and not because they truly care for the students.
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I was a student in the Cleveland County School system for 7 years, and it was a nice experience for the most part. Most teachers were engaging and often knew a to beyond just the subject they were teaching. The each school zone was unique and had its own flair. Something I would like to see changed would be how scholarship opportunities are being presented. I attended Cleveland County Early College Highschool. The students were told about scholarships, but they would often be too specfic, so only a hand full could apply. Another problem was not having time to apply for them. Between taking highschool classes, college classes and extracurricular activites, time was limited.
What I like about Cleveland County Schools is the numerous amounts of opportunities that are open to students. So many ways to step in and get your name out there. Whether that be volunteer work, or shadowing a future desired career. Cleveland County schools has made numerous ways for the students to want to get involved. So that they can later better themselves. Something I would change is the superiority that sports has over academics.