Union County Public Schools (UCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in North Carolina. It serves approximately 41,500 students at 53 schools and has approximately 5,000 staff members.
According to the most recent data released by the NC Department of Public Instruction, 90 percent of schools earned a school performance grade of C or higher. Seventeen schools received an A, which is an all-time high for UCPS. Additionally, 23 schools or 45 percent of schools exceeded growth—the highest number of schools to exceed growth in the last five years.
UCPS has a 2018-19 four-year graduation rate of 93 percent. The Class of 2019 earned a record 2,982 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.”