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Our Central Office is located at 700 E. Parker Road, Morganton, NC 
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Mission Statement

The mission of Burke County Public Schools is to educate diverse learners, nurture their potentials, and empower them to be competitive, successful, and productive citizens.

Vision Statement 

BCPS, a world-class model of exemplary education, inspires students to be life-long learners who can compete successfully on the global stage and contribute to their community as productive citizens

You don’t want to miss the Spring 2018 edition of the Burke County School & Family Magazine. It serves as our annual report and is full of useful information about BCPS. Click this link to access the digital version of this latest issue and look for the print version at your child’s school or the Burke County Chamber of Commerce or BDI office soon. 

District News

  • Burke County Board of Education Meeting The Burke County Board of Education will meet on Monday, August 20, 2018, at 6 pm.  The meeting will be held in the Olive Hill Room at the Olive Hill ...
    Posted Aug 17, 2018, 9:50 AM by Melanie Honeycutt
  • Smart helmets alert staff to hard hits on the gridiron   Morganton, NC – Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018   As Burke County high school football teams prepare for the upcoming season, coaches and trainers are using new technology to get inside players’ heads ...
    Posted Aug 15, 2018, 12:52 PM by Cheryl Shuffler
  • Burke County Board of Education Meeting Public Notice:  The Burke County Board of Educationwill meet on    Monday, August 13, 2018 at 6:00 PM. Agenda and Notice are below. 
    Posted Aug 10, 2018, 1:22 PM by Melanie Honeycutt
  • Burke County Board of Education Meeting The Burke County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 12:00 PM. The meeting will be held in the Olive Hill Room at the Olive ...
    Posted Jun 22, 2018, 11:45 AM by Melanie Honeycutt
  • BCPS Class of 2018 secures more than $8 million in scholarships Burke County Public Schools graduated nearly 900 students this year. What’s next for the class of 2018 varies from a four-year college or university, a two-year community ...
    Posted Jun 19, 2018, 1:41 PM by Cheryl Shuffler
  • Young archer places second in world competition Photo: Natalie B., middle, scored a 285 and came in second in the female elementary division of the  2018 National Archery in Schools Program World Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky on ...
    Posted Jun 19, 2018, 6:58 AM by Cheryl Shuffler
  • Burke County Board of Education Meeting The Burke County Board of Education will have a work session on Monday, June 18, 2018, at 6 pm.  The meeting will be held in Conference Room #10 at the ...
    Posted Jun 15, 2018, 12:52 PM by Melanie Honeycutt
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This Summer in Photos

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Igniting Learning For A Brighter Future

New Internship Opportunities

Applications are open for new internship placements. Please complete this application or see the Career Development Coordinator or Counselors in your high school. Upon completion of your application, someone will contact you for interview selection.

The 2018-19 BCPS School Calendar


Burke County Public Schools Child Nutrition Program will operate the Summer Food Service Program at Drexel Elementary School and WA Young Elementary School through Aug. 16, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., Monday Thursday.  Children 1 to 18 years of age will eat for free. Please contact Burke County Schools Child Nutrition Office at 828-439-4318 for more information.


Open House Dates and Times


Drexel - Aug. 23, 4:30-6:30 p.m.                

Forest Hill - Aug. 23, 4-6 p.m.                    

George Hildebrand - Aug. 23, 5-7 p.m. 

Glen Alpine - Aug. 23, 4-6  p.m. 

Hildebran - Aug 21, 3 -5 p.m.       

Hillcrest - Aug. 23, 4-6 p.m.         

Icard - Aug. 23, 4-7 p.m.                 

Mountain View - Aug. 23, 5-7 p.m.            

Mull - Aug. 23, 4-6 p.m.

North Liberty - Aug. 23, 5-7 p.m. 

Oak Hill - Aug. 23, 4-6 p.m.           

Ray Childers - Aug. 23, 5-7 p.m. 

Salem - Aug. 23, 4-6 p.m.             

Valdese - Aug. 23, 4-7 p.m. 

W.A. Young - Aug. 23, 4-6 p.m.                  

Middle School   

East Burke Middle - Aug. 23, 4-7:3,0 p.m. 

Heritage Middle - Aug. 23, 5-7 p.m.              

Liberty Middle - Aug. 21, 3-6 p.m.              

Table Rock Middle – Aug. 23, 4-6 p.m.      

Walter Johnson Middle - Aug. 23, 4-6 p.m.    

High Schools     

East Burke High - Aug. 21, 4 - 6 p.m.          

Freedom High - Aug. 21, 5-7         

Draughn High - Aug. 23, 3-6 p.m.               

Hallyburton Academy - Aug. 23, 1-7 p.m. 

Patton High - Aug. 23, 3-6  p.m.

Global Immersion Academy

Click Here to Apply in English

en Espanol

Have questions? Here's an FAQ

Read the press release here regarding a recent parent information night.

Burke County Public Schools and Mountain View Elementary School are excited to offer a voluntary, dual language immersion opportunity for rising kindergarten students beginning in the 2018-19 school year. The application (English version) (Spanish version) process for families interested in the Global Immersion Academy is now open and runs through Monday, June 25, 2018. Students will be selected by lottery and families from any district in the school system are eligible to apply. Families outside of the Mountain View district will have to provide their own transportation for their student(s). BCPS is partnering with Participate on this program, which starts with two kindergarten classes, and will continue as the students move up through fifth grade. Fifty percent of the time the students will learn in English and during the other 50 percent of the time, the students will learn in Spanish. Click these links for more information on the Bilingual Brain (Cerebro Bilingue) and Dual Language Immersion (Inmersion Dual). Applications may be dropped off at Burke County Public Schools Central Office at 700 E. Parker Road, Morganton, or mailed to Burke County Public Schools, PO Box 989, Morganton, NC 28680-0989. For questions, contact Principal Charles Williams at charleswilliams@burke.k12.nc.us.


A Statement from BCPS on School Safety

Students, parents, staff, and community,

We want you to know that Burke County Public Schools is committed to the safety and well being of all students, staff, and visitors on our school campuses and on our buses to and from school. School safety has been forefront in the news lately and especially since the events in Florida on Feb. 14.

Our high school and middle school principals made an announcement to students and staff on Wednesday, Feb. 21 to inform them that ALL threats against the safety of students and staff will be immediately turned over to the police. This means that an arrest will be made for communicating threats followed by an immediate recommendation for expulsion from Burke County Public Schools.

It is our hope in Burke County Public Schools that students understand the seriousness of making inappropriate comments – even jokingly – and it is our hope that the consequences for making threats against other students and staff will be handled quickly and to the full extent of the law.

Read the full statement here.

Watch this latest video of the new Mountain View Elementary School construction site brought to us by Steven Cooke and his drone.

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