"Education is our first line of defense - make it strong"
||Welcome to the Gaston County Schools!
Thank you for your interest in the Gaston County Schools. We’re glad you’ve chosen this community as your home. I am confident that you will find our school system to be one of the most outstanding in North Carolina.
This website provides facts about the district’s services, programs, essential dates and other important school system data. I hope you find the website helpful as you enroll your child in school and become acquainted with our community.
We are proud of our 55 neighborhood schools and their strong commitment to high expectations and improved student achievement at all grade levels. All Gaston County Schools and the district as a whole are state and nationally accredited, which is extremely important for students pursuing college. Our strength lies in our highly qualified employees, rigorous curriculum, dedicated parents and caring community.
The primary focus of GCS is the academic performance of students and school safety. Everything we do from establishing a budget to operation of school nutrition to our relationship with the business community to what teachers actually teach in the classroom directly influences student achievement.
Gaston County Schools experienced a banner year in 2010-2011. Student achievement, attendance and the graduation rate improved over last year. In the elementary and middle schools, student performance increased on every area tested by the state: reading, math and science. At the high school level, our schools made tremendous academic progress on the state testing program. The percent of students achieving state and national standards increased significantly and the number of schools making expected and high academic growth on the state accountability program went up. We won state or national recognition in moot court, cheerleading, engineering, allied health, art, athletics, JROTC, chorus, band and the list goes on and on.
The class of 2011 garnered a record-breaking year in scholarships and honors. Among these were National Merit Scholars, appointments to the military academies and full academic scholarships to the most highly acclaimed institutions and colleges in the country.
We invite you to get involved in your local school and observe the quality teaching and learning taking place every day in the Gaston County Schools. Our continued success depends on your involvement and support. Together, we can achieve greatness.
L. Reeves McGlohon