Fayetteville/Fort Bragg/ Sandhills NC

VOL8 ISS2 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — FAYETTEVILLE | FORT BRAGG | SANDHILLS REGION VOLUME 8 — ISSUE 2 52 EDUCATION With 22 schools and more than 13,000 students, the Moore County School System (MCSS) is large enough to offer students advanced technology, but small enough that students don't get lost or overlooked. U.S. News and World Report recently ranked one of the MCSS high schools (Pinecrest High School) as the 15th top-performing school in the State of North Carolina. In addition to the three existing high schools in Moore County, plans are underway for a new Advanced Career Center high school, slated to open on the campus of Sandhills Community College in 2019. This innovative school will offer special curriculum pathways to prepare students for careers in Health Services, Skilled Contract- ing Services, Global Leadership, and STEM. An average enrollment of around 24,000 students makes the Robeson County School System (RCSS) one of the largest school systems in the state. The some 2,700 principals, teachers and behind-the-scenes personnel not only provide students in the 42 schools an effective education, they also make RCSS one of the largest employers in Robeson County. A unique aspect of RCSS is its ability to collaborate with the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Robeson Community College, giving students access to programs and facili- ties not otherwise available to them in a regular public school setting. Volunteers also make an enormous im- pact on RCSS schools and students. Their efforts save the school system untold thousands of dollars annually. Though certainly excellent public school systems exist in the Fayetteville Region, the private sector is also well repre- sented with institutions such as Saint Patrick Catholic School (SPCS). SPCS is the oldest private school in the city of Fayetteville opening in 1937 as a parish ministry of Saint Patrick Catholic Church. SPCS is fully authorized by the Diocese of Raleigh and is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. St. Patrick's has one classroom per grade with all full-time teachers certified and teacher assistants in preschool through 8th grade. This ar- rangement works well to keep the school small and cohesive. The family-like atmosphere gives the students the feeling of "coming home" to school each day. Students have their core curriculum work, which includes Reading, English, Spelling, Math, Social Studies, Science and Religion, but are also offered six "specials" classes including Library, Physical Education, Art, Music, Spanish, and Computer Skills. Snyder Music Academy was also established to provide quality instruction in a Christian setting for the Fayetteville community. This music program offers private and group instruction for ages from young children to ma- ture adults. In addition to group classes and private les- sons, the Music Academy offers a variety of Kindermusik classes for children ages birth through 5 years. >>

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