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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
McDowell Early College is a highly rated, public school located in Marion, NC. It has 195 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 65% of students are at least proficient in math and 75% in reading.
Address
54 College Drive
Marion, NC 28752
Telephone
(828) 659-0411
Website

McDowell Early College Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
75%
Percent Proficient - Math
65%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1200
20 responses
Average ACT
24
21 responses
AP Enrollment
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Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Cost of Living
    A-
  4. Good for Families
    B-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$33,399
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$581
National
$949
Median Home Value
$89,600
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
60%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.5 responses
Poll
80%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.5 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 18 responses
Report
  • Summer Bridge
    22%
  • MEC Games, and Christmas Games
    17%
  • Yearbook Reveal Day
    17%
  • All School Meetings
    11%
  • Homecoming
    11%
  • Prom
    11%
  • Spirit Week
    11%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
195
Free or Reduced Lunch
45%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$39,526
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.6 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.6 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.6 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$9,126/ year
National
$12,239
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.6 responses
17%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.6 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.6 responses
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Every teacher is there to help you and give you support. They give low-middle class families the chance to get a college degree in addition to their high-school diploma. I couldn't ask for a better school!
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I thoroughly enjoy how everyone at McDowell Early College is grown really close (if it's through Summer Bridge, to school activities). However, I do not like how disorganized we are when it comes to the events. At times, we can be very unorganized and no one will know what's going on.
This school is great in comparison to McDowell High School yet it lacks academic rigor, structure, and organization. Although McDowell Early College is providing first generation college students with a free education, the general ed that these high school students are completing is nowhere near the acedemic challenge of most colleges and universities. I believe that this school is certainly inferior with other early colleges, International Baccalaureate schools, high school honors/ap programs, or even some regular high school classes. However, the fact that McDowell Early College has rising enrollment rates in a town with immense poverty shows a desire for education, which is a step in the right direction.