Program Options

  •                     Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts   Career Readiness    CATA    Dual Language Immersion    International Baccalaureate    Union County Early College

    Union County Public Schools offers a variety of educational options for its students. Our high-achieving school system provides parents with options for choosing an arts magnet school, dual-language programs, an International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, an Early College High School, an arts and technology magnet and career readiness programs.

    Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts 

    BHESA is dedicated to creating a safe, arts-enriched, academically challenging, and positive learning environment that will prepare learners and empower leaders in a global society.  BHESA students will be exposed to the following content areas: Math, Literacy/Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Art, Digital Literacy, Dance, Drama, Music, LEGO Engineering (STEAM) and Physical Education.  BHESA is a part of the A+ Schools Program where Arts are integrated in all areas of the curriculum and instruction.

    Career Readiness Academies and Pathways

    Today’s job market requires individuals with technical and high-level problem-solving skills. Career Readiness is focused on teaching these attributes through real-world applications in all of the different program areas. 

    Students have many opportunities in different academies and pathways that will help prepare them for life after high school; whether it be in a four-year university, a two-year community or technical college, or in a career. Through classes offered by Career Readiness, students will gain the technical skills and academic knowledge to prepare for future employment and/or a successful transition to post-secondary education.

    Central Academy of Technology and Arts

    Central Academy of Technology & Arts is a public, magnet school in Union County Public Schools.  Bus Transportation is available to students for Central Academy of Technology & Arts.  Students entering Central Academy complete all UCPS requirements for a NC High School Diploma in addition to the required Academy courses for the Academy they are enrolled in. 

    Dual Language/Immersion Programs

    Dual Language Immersion programs are an exciting option for parents who want their children to have the advantages of a rigorous academic program while also becoming bilingual and biliterate.

    In Dual Language Immersion programs, students are immersed into another language through study of core academic content areas such as language arts, math, science and social studies. UCPS immersion teachers use the NC Standards and the UCPS curriculum.  

    UCPS offers DLI programs in both Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.  

    International Baccalaureate Program

    The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is a two-year educational program primarily geared towards high school students. The program provides an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education and is recognized by many universities worldwide.  Currently, this program is offered at Marvin Ridge High School. Beginning in the fall of 2022, CATA will offer the IB Pathway Program. 

    Union County Early College

    Early college high school is a bold approach, based on the principle that academic rigor, combined with the opportunity to save time and money, is a powerful motivator for students to work hard and meet serious intellectual challenges. Early college high schools are small schools designed so that students can earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree or up to two years of credit toward a bachelor’s degree. Early college high schools have the potential to improve high school graduation rates and better prepare all students for high-skill careers by engaging them in a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum and compressing the number of years to a college degree.

    School Choice

    Students may apply for admission through a lottery process to any school within the district whose student population is no more than 90% of the capacity as determined by the district. The Superintendent shall designate which schools are available for enrollment under this provision on an annual basis. In evaluating the current enrollment numbers, school capacity and ongoing enrollment, the following schools have been identified as schools of choice for the 2022-2023 school year.  Transportation is not provided for students who accept a transfer through School Choice.