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. Additionally, during the 2017-18 school year, nearly 70 percent of UCPS schools earned an A or B School Performance Grade from 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 that totaled nearly $131 million.
UCPS offers a wide variety of coursework to its students, ranging from schools for the arts and 14 dual language programs to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and sustainability/agriculture programs.
Academic options offered to high school students include an International Baccalaureate program at Marvin Ridge High, a school that allows high school students to earn an associate’s degree (Union County Early College), and more than 20 career readiness courses in pathways that include engineering, welding, culinary arts and more.
The addition of a Health Sciences Academy at Monroe Middle, which was created in partnership with Atrium Health, also offers challenging coursework to prepare middle school students for college and careers in the medical field.
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.”