Union County Public Schools (UCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in North Carolina. It serves approximately 42,000 students at 53 schools and has approximately 5,000 staff members.
UCPS is home to three national Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence. Nearly 70 percent of UCPS schools earned an A or B School Performance Grade and approximately 70 percent of schools met or exceeded growth, according to the most recent data released by the NC Department of Public Instruction.
With a 2017-18 four-year graduation rate of 92.6 percent, UCPS continues to top high school graduation rankings among the 10 largest school systems in North Carolina. The Class of 2019 earned a record 2,944 scholarships -- the highest amount in district history -- that totaled nearly $131 million.
UCPS offers a wide variety of coursework to its students, ranging from 17 dual language programs to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and sustainability/agriculture programs.
UCPS students also have access to a variety of academic options, including the Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts, the International Baccalaureate Program at Marvin Ridge High, Union County Early College, Central Academy of Technology and Arts, Health Sciences Academy at Monroe Middle and the AgTech Academy at East Union Middle.
Additionally, the districtwide Career Readiness department offers more than 20 career academy pathways in programs that include aerospace, welding and engineering, culinary arts, pharmacy tech and more.
With a long-term goal of ensuring all students are equipped to succeed in college, career and life, UCPS is committed and dedicated to offering quality instruction for all children in support of our mission of “Preparing All Students to Succeed.”