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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Rutherford County Schools is an above average, public school district located in Forest City, NC. It has 8,350 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 44% in reading.
About Rutherford County Schools...
Address
382 West Main Street
Forest City, NC 28043
Telephone
(828) 288-2200

Rutherford County Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
44%
Percent Proficient - Math
46%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
1090
200 responses
Average ACT
23
190 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
8,350
Free or Reduced Lunch
97.7%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$43,865
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.9%

Finances

Total Expenses
$82,080,000
Expenses Per Student
$9,557/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    60%
  • Support Services
    34%
  • Other
    6%
Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$24,383
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$616
National
$949
Median Home Value
$88,500
National
$184,700

Rutherford County Schools Reviews

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Rutherford County Schools is the only school system that I have been a part of. I can say that I have enjoyed being a part of this system and all three of the schools that I attended. One major thing that stuck out to me was that the school system and the schools are all about parent involvement. They want parents to know what their children are doing and want their help in everyday activities. The orientation for our freshman is so involved with parents and the students that it is so fun and makes everyone excited for school! I honestly can say that Rutherford County Schools looks forward to making school fun, but making sure that academics are the number one priority.
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What I loved about Rutherford County Schools is the environment. Although some of the facilities are not that great, the teachers love their students and want their students to succeed. Specifically, in my high school East Rutherford High all the teachers there worked with a passion for teaching and showed that they want their students to be successful not only in school but in life. I can say that both Rutherford County Schools and The McNair Foundation have positively contributed to my success not only in my high school or college, but also in life and my development as a man. The Superintendent does an exceptional job when it comes to finding education officials that will be able to fulfill the educational needs of the students in the county. I love Rutherford County Schools and I am blessed to come from Small Town Friendly.
If I have to be homeschooled because the schools in Rutherford County are so bad, then something wrong must be going on. Most of the public friends I have are very rough around the edges. I have never heard a good story that involved any of the schools in the Rutherford County schools and I highly doubt I will since it seems to get worse and worse. I think the reason for this is because too many kids don't care about learning and have grown up being disrespectful to adults and only care about themselves. I also think that we need to get God into the school systems if there are going to be any big changes.