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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

District News

  • Board of Education Public Notice The Burke County Board of Education will meet on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 6:00 PM.  The meeting will be held in the Olive Hill Room at the Olive ...
    Posted May 19, 2017, 1:54 PM by Melanie Honeycutt
  • Sunrise readers form club at Forest Hill Elementary Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning at Forest Hill Elementary School you’ll find a group of students who enjoy arriving at school early to read together. English Language Learners ...
    Posted May 17, 2017, 5:53 AM by Cheryl Shuffler
  • Icard Elementary wins walking challenge Burke County Public Schools nurses challenged employees to get moving and “walk across America,” and 354 employees accepted the challenge. The employees recorded their steps each week Feb. 1 through ...
    Posted May 17, 2017, 5:51 AM by Cheryl Shuffler
  • Public Notice: The Burke County Board of Education Public Notice:  The Burke County Board of Education will meet on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 6:00 PM.   The Burke County Board of Education will have a work session ...
    Posted May 13, 2017, 7:32 AM by Melanie Honeycutt
  • FHS's McRacken named Morehead-Cain Scholar Freedom High School senior Andrew “Drew” Philip McRacken is one of 66 Morehead-Cain Scholars who will enter the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as freshmen in the ...
    Posted May 12, 2017, 7:59 AM by Cheryl Shuffler
  • Public Notice Board of Education Planning/Training Session PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Burke County Public Schools Board of Education will hold a Planning/Training Session Monday, May 1, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to ...
    Posted Apr 28, 2017, 1:45 PM by Bcps Bcps
  • Student readers compete in Battle of the Books Burke County Public Schools recently held Battle of the Books competitions for elementary and middle school. Oak Hill Elementary won the elementary school event held Feb. 28 and East Burke ...
    Posted Apr 27, 2017, 6:09 AM by Cheryl Shuffler
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Student Transfer Requests

The open enrollment period for student transfer requests runs May 1 through May 31, and the processing fee is $50.00.  After May 31, the processing fee will be $100.00.  

You are required to fill out a student transfer request ONLY if you are requesting enrollment at a school outside of your district.  

If you already have an approved transfer to the school your child currently attends, you are not required to complete a new transfer request UNLESS the student is a fifth grader advancing to a middle school or an eighth grader advancing to a high school outside his or her district.    

The following schools cannot accept transfers:  Forest Hill Elementary, Mountain Crest Elementary, Rutherford College Elementary, Salem Elementary, North Liberty School, Liberty Middle, and Patton High.  Student Transfer Application


Join us for supper at Mountain Crest Elementary School Mondays through Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. Enrichment activities also will be available between 4 and 4:30 p.m. each day. This new meal program is free to any child ages 3-18 and $3 for adults. 

We are seeking your feedback 
on our strategic plan!

The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is a working partnership between the schools and the community to help BCPS students grow into healthy and productive adults by focusing on the whole school, whole community, whole child model, understanding that health and academic success go hand in hand.  Each month SHAC will be bringing you a topic of the month.


May Topic: Bone Health. Bones are the framework of your body by supporting your muscles and protecting your organ systems. There are 206 bones in your body and bone health begins in childhood and continues throughout adulthood. Around age twenty, your body will reach Peak Bone Mass (PBM). “PBM” is when your bones have reached their highest density and greatest strength. The higher your Peak Bone Mass the less likely you will have fractures and develop Osteoporosis.

What should you do to have healthy bones?

  1. Nutrition

Calcium and Vitamin D are essential for bone health. Your diet should include foods with Calcium and Vitamin D because these nutrients work together to protect your bones. For example, calcium helps build and maintain bones, while vitamin D helps your body effectively absorb calcium. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “The primary source of calcium for children ages four to eighteen is milk. If you are lactose intolerant, you may substitute other dietary products such as yogurt, cheese, and calcium fortified foods”.

  1. Exercise

Exercise is important for bone health. One hour a day or more of weight bearing activities such as walking, running, and playing sports will make bones become stronger and denser.

Bone-Building Activities

  • Walking

  • Tennis

  • Running

  • Volleyball

  • Field hockey

  • Dancing

  • Skiing

  • Football


  • Skateboarding

  • Gymnastics

  • Basketball

  • Lifting weights

  • Jumping rope

  • Aerobics

  • Hiking

  1. Sunlight

Vitamin D is a hormone produced when our skin is exposed to direct sunlight. When Vitamin D is produced in the body, more calcium is absorbed resulting in stronger bones. About 15 minutes of sunlight each day normally produces all the vitamin D your body needs. If you or your family gets little or no sun exposure, you can take a multivitamin or a daily adequate portion of a vitamin D-fortified food.  

May is National Osteoporosis Month. Osteoporosis is a disease process in which your body loses calcium and bone density decreases. With less bone density, fractures can occur in the body. Osteoporosis will affect your ability to do simple activities of daily living including walking, running, and having correct posture. Today it is estimated that every three seconds a bone will break somewhere in the world due to Osteoporosis.

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BCPS Strategic Plan

Burke County Public Schools is encouraging Parents/Guardians and Community Members to complete this brief survey. This survey will not collect your name, email, or location - so please feel free to share your honest anonymous feedback. Your answers will help Burke County Public Schools to develop the district goals and objectives that will be included in our "District Strategic Plan 2022 - A Roadmap for Our Schools and Community."

Parent/Guardian Survey

Community Members Survey