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Union County Public Schools is a highly rated, public school district located in Monroe, NC. It has 41,741 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 66% of students are at least proficient in math and 60% in reading.
Address
400 North Church Street
Monroe, NC 28112
Telephone
(704) 296-9898

Union County Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
60%
Percent Proficient - Math
66%
Average Graduation Rate
93%
Average SAT
1210
2,428 responses
Average ACT
26
1,434 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
41,741
Free or Reduced Lunch
33.5%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$43,112
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.6%

Finances

Total Expenses
$334,742,000
Expenses Per Student
$9,430/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    62%
  • Support Services
    33%
  • Other
    5%

Union County Public Schools Reviews

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My school is a school. All schools have ups and downs, and flaws of course. No school is perfect. Many people who have had issue with UCPS is due to student issues, drama, and rumors. Which is common with any school. Some teachers do show favoritism and that can start issues with other student and parents. Sometimes teachers who teach the same subject aren’t always on one accord. By being on one accord, it will help students learn more instead of learning something new they should have already known. I will advocate that in some situations racial discrimination can happen. That’s just going to be everywhere though. The good and bad are equal, so they balance out. The only thing I will personally say, is truly evaluat who your planning on hiring before you hire them to teach the future generation. Also, further explain policies.
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Students here get a fantastic education by teachers who genuinely care about the children they teach. This area is a family oriented county, with great parks, and excellent communities. It also has lower property taxes, better school ratings, and there is a better student-to-teacher ratio. UCPS is also a safe environment for the kids to grow. This county of schools also has fantastic extra curricular activities and opportunities for students, referring to preparations for college.
UCPS has a few good schools. However, in my experience, the only commitment to education comes not from the school board, but from good teachers that do what they do in spite of a system that does not value education. UCPS does not prepare you well for college. They sign you up for a whole bunch of programs that are supposed to help you (instead of working with you personally), but really just get in the way. That said, the teachers make UCPS worthwhile. Obviously, every school system has a few bad eggs, but most UCPS schools have several unique teachers committed to their passion for education.