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C+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C+
  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 6,158 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 40% of students are at least proficient in math and 44% in reading.
About McDowell County Schools...
Address
334 South Main St
Marion, NC 28752
Telephone
(828) 652-4535

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
44%
Percent Proficient - Math
40%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
1100
177 responses
Average ACT
23
114 responses

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
6,158
Free or Reduced Lunch
84.4%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$42,978
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.1%

Finances

Total Expenses
$63,135,000
Expenses Per Student
$9,982/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    65%
  • Support Services
    28%
  • Other
    7%

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.
When starting at McDowell, I was a high school junior. I was new to the school and the state of North Carolina. My first day there was really and honestly welcoming. Being apart of band and honors courses, I found that the people were very kind and were open minded. It felt like home and everyone was so eager to meet me. The school system is well planned out and makes the learning setting fun. Subjects and courses are easier to grasp and the teachers often check to make sure all students are understanding the curriculum.