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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    C
  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-
Johnston County Schools is an above average, public school district located in Smithfield, NC. It has 36,685 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 35% of students are at least proficient in math and 42% in reading.

Johnston County Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
42%
Percent Proficient - Math
35%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1140
1,210 responses
Average ACT
24
1,086 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
36,685
Free or Reduced Lunch
46.4%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$43,573
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.9%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$9,798/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    65%
  • Support Services
    30%
  • Other
    5%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$47,326
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$771
National
$949
Median Home Value
$147,000
National
$184,700

Johnston County Schools Reviews

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The education has been pretty good. History and science seem to be strong. Common core math was a mess; a product of NC State government's bad decisions.

There are some weaknesses in English. Grammar is not a focus and neither was cursive writing. One of my children cannot read cursive. I blame the foolish State of NC. Both of mine are in advanced English and have not read as much literature as I did.

Racial diversity has been a positive experience in this county.

We had several positive experiences with teachers going above and beyond to provide extra curricular activities like FFA and Colorguard in Middle School. Shout out to McGees Middle School! Also an excellent band teacher there.

Strong marching band programs in the county, in general.

My biggest complaint is that the JOCO school board and administration. Poor management in the recent past, a Good Ole Boy system led to extreme debt by the country school system. This is shameful!!
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I entered the Johnston County School system in 9th grade, where I attend Cleveland High School. Throughout my experience with this public schools system I have learned that they choose teachers who care about us as students and create many outlets through clubs and community outreaches. Johnston County communicates well with students and parents as well as keeps you up to date through email and text. This school district covers every student need you can think of and they care.
My overall experience with Johnston County Schools has been very good. I have had great teachers who have taught me a lot of things that I will need to proceed with college. I have been able to play sports for six years ranging in football, basketball, and baseball. Baseball is my favorite sport and I hope to play more ball after high school. My advisors in high school has helped me to take classes that will help further my education after high school. I have been in a leadership group for two years now which has taught me how to be leader towards my community. I feel safety needs to be re directed more because of what this world is becoming, but other than that being a student of Johnston County has been a great experience for me.