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Education in union county

W hen it comes to children’s education, every choice
              is important – but those choice are perhaps most
              important when a family is new to a community.
So newcomers to Union County are sure to put schools at the
top of the “things to decide” list. Union County is fortunate to
have a well-respected public school system, quality private and
charter schools plus two post-high school facilities.

Union County Public Schools                 in education. Blue Ribbon schools are       Chinese (Marvin and Kensington
(USPS) has 53 accredited schools, with      honored for overall academic excellence or  elementary schools). Additionally, Walter
                                            their progress in closing achievement gaps  Bickett and East elementary schools
approximately 42,000 students in grades     among student subgroups.                    recently expanded academic options for
Pre-K through 12. The school district is    In 2017, UCPS celebrated a four-year        students, allowing rising kindergartners
comprised of 11 high schools, 9 middle      graduation cohort rate of 92.5 percent,     to enroll in a dual-language Spanish and
schools, 30 elementary schools, and 3       which is the highest graduation rate        English program.
special-purpose schools.                    among the 10 largest school districts       Beginning this fall, middle school students
Union County Early College (UCEC) and       in North Carolina. In comparison, the       will have the opportunity to take health
Central Academy of Technology and Arts      state’s four-year graduation rate in        sciences courses at the new Health Sciences
(CATA) are high schools of choice and       2016 was 85.9 percent. Additionally,        Academy at Monroe Middle School. This
open to all Union County public high        the UCPS Class of 2017 earned a record      partnership with Carolinas HealthCare
school students. UCPS offers more than 20   $126 million in scholarships, marking the   System will offer rigorous coursework to
career academy pathways, with courses in    seventh consecutive year the amount of      prepare students for college and careers
programs that include aerospace, welding    scholarships offered to graduating seniors  in the medical field. Sixth-grade students
and engineering as well as culinary arts,   has steadily increased.                     will participate in integrated neuroscience/
pharmacy tech and digital film editing and  UCPS also offers dual language immersion    health science and medical Spanish courses,
production.                                 programs at 11 schools: seven in Spanish    and all students will have opportunities to
CATA was named a 2016 National Blue         (Antioch, Poplin, Shiloh, Sun Valley,       participate in internships, externships and
Ribbon School, a prestigious award that     Unionville, Western Union, and Weddington   career-building activities related to health
recognizes high-performing public and       elementary schools) and two in Mandarin     care and the medical field.
non-public schools that make great strides

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