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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

  • Student News Ambassadors share talents of fellow students Student musicians release recordsBy Student News Ambassadors Triniti Bryant and Robin Heeralall  Josh Belton, a senior at Draughn High School, and Beth LeCroy, a junior at Patton High School ...
    Posted by Cheryl Shuffler
  • Burke County Board of Education PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Burke County Public Schools Board of Education will hold a Planning/Training Session Monday, May 21, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to ...
    Posted May 18, 2018, 11:08 AM by Melanie Honeycutt
  • Patton grad Jordan Jenkins receives prestigious scholar honor By Student News Ambassador Robin Heeralall   Jordan Jenkins, a 2015 graduate at Patton High School, has been named a Beinecke Scholar and will receive a $34,000 scholarship to attend ...
    Posted May 10, 2018, 5:32 AM by Cheryl Shuffler
  • BCPS students win state poster contests Francisco R-H (front row, far left) from Forest Hill Elementary School and Peyton D (front row, far right) from Rutherford College Elementary School are winners in the NC Department ...
    Posted May 10, 2018, 5:28 AM by Cheryl Shuffler
  • Freedom's Jack Swanson named US Presidential Scholar U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the selection of Jack Swanson of Morganton, North Carolina, who attends Freedom High School in Morganton, as a 2018 U.S ...
    Posted May 8, 2018, 5:37 PM by Cheryl Shuffler
  • Burke County Board of Education Meeting The Burke County Board of Education will meet on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 6 pm.  The meeting will be held in the Olive Hill Room at the Olive Hill ...
    Posted May 4, 2018, 12:52 PM by Bcps Bcps
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    Posted May 17, 2018, 6:34 AM by Melanie Honeycutt
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Igniting Learning For A Brighter Future

Summer Internship Opportunities

Applications are open for Summer 2018 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.

Click to view the 2017-18 BCPS School Calendar



Global Immersion Academy

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en Espanol

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.

Take our Survey:
As part of the planning process for Title II funds, the federal guidelines require that we survey administrators, teachers, support staff, teacher assistants, and parents to determine the needs of our county. Please take time to complete this short survey by Tuesday, May 14, 2018.

The open enrollment period for student transfer requests runs May 1 through May 31, and the processing fee is $50. After May 31, the processing fee will be $100.

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.

You also DO NOT have to fill out a transfer request if your student is GRANDFATHERED in as part of the recent school re-assignments.

The following schools cannot accept transfers: North Liberty School, Liberty Middle, and Patton High.

A link to the application is posted above or click here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_GpZ0FFdVM4V0ZXaTdlaEo0WUE0TlJ0dVR0TEFkRms0SDRZ/view.

Notice of Request for Sealed Bids

Burke County Public Schools is requesting sealed bids for removing and replacing windows at Hillcrest Elementary School, 201 Tennessee Street, Morganton, NC  28655. To make an appointment to visit the project site contact Kevin Herron at 828-502-9335. For copies of this bid, please contact Chris Lambert at 828-439-4339.  Burke County Public Schools reserves the right to reject any or all bids.


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.

    The Burke County Board of Education is considering proposed changes to school district lines and student reassignments for the 2018-19 school year. Student reassignment is necessary due to:
  • The opening of Mountain View Elementary School  

  • The closing of Chesterfield Elementary School

  • Overcrowding at Hillcrest Elementary School, Forest Hill Elementary School and Patton High School

  • Feeder patterns that split elementary school students from their peers as they move to middle and high school

    If your address falls within a boundary line under review, you will receive a notice from BCPS in the mail. More information is available in the links below.

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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for student accident insurance coverage 
or call 1-888-574-6288

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