Being a student today is a totally different ball game than it was 20 years ago.  With the era of technology in full bloom, young people are faced with a host of career options for their future.  Computers are at the fingertips of millions around the globe, and knowledge and data can be gathered and digested at the click of a button.

So what is the best kind of school for a child or young person in 2019? The Iredell-Statesville School district has its roots in the creation of North Carolina public schools around the turn of the century.  In the early 1900’s, children found themselves neatly seated in one room school houses dotted across the county.  Today, the Iredell-Statesville School District continues to innovate, collaborate, and change with the times.  With 36 campuses, three early college programs, and virtual learning opportunities in grades K-12, the public school system in our county can not afford to do anything less than provide multiple learning opportunities, campuses, and modalities.  As they approach the 2019-2020 school year, the Iredell-Statesville School District produces confident, responsible and globally competitive citizens, and it all starts in kindergarten!

Primary age students may choose to enroll in a traditional elementary setting, a Spanish Dual Immersion program, an International Baccalaureate program, an elementary school with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), a leadership and fine arts program, or even a virtual setting (iAcademy).  Parents are encouraged to do their homework and find a program that fits the needs of their child.

As with our primary programs, students also have many programs to choose from at the middle and high school level.  The Iredell-Statesville Schools has the unique opportunity to offer the full continuum of International Baccalaureate programs in kindergarten through 12th grade.  The district also offers three Early College options as well as the Career Academy and Technical School.  College and career pathway options abound as students near their graduation date.

In short, it is the dawn of a new era of innovation and technology, and the public school district has evolved to serve the children of the 21st century.  With laptops in the hands of every child in grades 6-12 and a 1:2 ratio of Macbook Airs and ipads in the primary grades, the sky 's the limit for our approximately 21,000 students.  Through innovation, researched based teaching and learning strategies, and a variety of options to serve children, the Iredell-Statesville School District is a thriving school district for a thriving community.  Together, the school district is ensuring student success by igniting a passion for learning. 

For more information about the school district, visit www.iss.k12.nc.us.

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