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Why LCPS?

Overview

  • LCPS is one of the region’s largest employers, with about 1,300 people on the payroll.
  • The school system is comprised of 17 schools: 8 elementary, 3 middle, 3 traditional high schools, 1 K-8 school, 1 early college and 1 alternative school
  • LCPS serves more than 90 percent of the school-age youth in Lenoir County.
  • Class of 2018 secured $9 million in scholarships, 83 percent of the class is going on to college and 50 percent of the class graduated high school with college credits.
  • More than half our teachers have 10 or more years’ experience.
  • Graduation rate is at a high (82 percent) and drop-out rate is at a low (2.4 percent).
  • LCPS and our teachers won more than $3 million in grant awards in 2017.

Programs

  • iLCPS: Our digital learning initiative has made iPads a primary learning tool for all K-12 students.
  • STEM: All middle schools have STEM Centers that work within the Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum to help students sort out career preferences and prepare them for more specialized STEM classes in high school.
  • Computer coding: LCPS was one of the first districts in the state selected for a Coding and Mobile App Development Grant from the state. The coding curriculum, developed with help from Apple, extends coding instruction, exercises and contests popular in our elementary and middle schools.
  • Lenoir County Early College High School: Located on the campus of Lenoir Community College, Early College offers students a path to earning a high school diploma and associate degree simultaneously. In four years. For free.
  • College & Career Promise: More than 500 LCPS students are enrolled in classes for college credit, taught at their high school, online and on the community college campus.
  • Career Pathways: Entering high school, students can embark on a detailed plan of study that will earn them a diploma and certification or degree in any of 14 different areas.

Teacher Support

  • Beginning teachers, those with fewer than three years’ experience, work with individually assigned mentors.
  • First-year teachers are nurtured through a robust orientation program that continues throughout that initial year.
  • LCPS partnerships include North Carolina New Teacher Support, East Carolina University and Regional Education Facilitators with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.
  • Professional Learning Communities are the basis for goal setting and growth at every school.
  • A variety of free staff development programs, as well as graduate degree instructional partnerships with East Carolina University and N.C. State University, offer ample opportunities for professional growth.
  • All teachers and administrators receive iPads and MacBooks.

Amenities and more

  • Lenoir County lies midway between the urban activity of the Triangle and the relaxing beauty of the Crystal Coast.
  • Two notable state universities – East Carolina and N.C. State – are within an hour’s drive.
  • Heard of James Beard Award-winning chef Vivian Howard and her Chef and the Farmer restaurant? The chef and the Chef are here, along with a number of other excellent eateries.
  • For a small city, Kinston has a big city relationship with the arts. Its public arts trail in the longest in the state and, thanks to the smART Kinston initiative, painters, potters, sculptors and other artists are steadily finding their way to Kinston to live and work.
  • During baseball season, we root, root, root for the home team — the Down East Wood Ducks, the High-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and 2017 co-champs of the Carolina League.
One of our teachers tells you more about LCPS in this video:

 

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