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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    C-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
McDowell County Schools is a public school district located in Marion, NC. It has 5,931 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 37% of students are at least proficient in math and 46% in reading.

McDowell County Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
46%
Percent Proficient - Math
37%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
1100
193 responses
Average ACT
23
132 responses

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
5,931
Free or Reduced Lunch
84.4%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$45,121
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.1%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$9,996/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    65%
  • Support Services
    28%
  • Other
    7%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    A
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$35,277
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$621
National
$949
Median Home Value
$89,600
National
$184,700

McDowell County Schools Reviews

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Love the people and community-driven education. People in the school system around McDowell County focus on pushing their students towards academic success. The administration around the schools begins its support from the early stages of elementary school. The close-knit community of schools aide each other for the greater success of its students. As students climb the ladder, the schools make sure the students have traveled through their selected path in hopes of attaining the desired career.
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I was technically homeschooled, but I attended Mcdowell Technical Community college while I was in High School via the dual enrollment program. It was an amazing experience. I was able to earn my Associates Degree in Science and my high school diploma within a month of each other. The faculty and staff are incredible. They work hard to make sure each and every student succeeds. The professors are remarkable! I could not have asked for a better place to prepare myself for college.
Excellent teachers, after school activities, and the most incredible community support. Our community constantly supports and motivates the students, and faculty.