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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 Fall 2017 edition of the Burke County School & Family Magazine. It features 13 of our schools and a cover story about a unique opportunity every fourth grader in the county has to travel back in time to Revolutionary War days. Click this link https://joom.ag/Aj7L 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. Inside the full-color magazine you’ll find stories about our Principal of the Year and Burke County Public Schools being named in the top 25 percent of school districts in the state, plus meet 10 high school students who are working as school public relations interns. If you or someone you know would like to advertise in this special magazine that accentuates the positive ways our students, staff, schools and district are igniting learning for a brighter future, email advertising@efpages.com.

Click here for the Summer 2017 edition of Burke School & Family Magazine

Click here for the April 2017 edition of Burke County School & Family Magazine

District News

  • Burke County Board of Education Meeting Public Notice:  The Burke County Board of Educationwill meet on    Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 6:00 PM.The Agenda is below
    Posted Jan 12, 2018, 12:00 PM by Melanie Honeycutt
  • Teacher starts nonprofit to give kids beds                      Heritage Middle School teacher Tim Barnsback has founded a nonprofit organization to give homeless students beds. He said becoming aware of the growing numbers of homeless young people prompted him ...
    Posted Jan 4, 2018, 7:09 AM by Cheryl Shuffler
  • Burke Middle College’s Lisa Wall named Regional Teacher of the Year   Burke County Public Schools’ teacher of the year, Lisa Wall, has been named the Northwest Region / District 7 Teacher of the Year. North Carolina’s current Teacher of the Year ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2017, 5:28 AM by Cheryl Shuffler
  • The Burke County Board of Education Public Notice The Burke County Board of Education will hold a special called meeting on Monday December 11, 2017 at 6pm in the Olive Hill Room at the Olive Hill Resource Center ...
    Posted Dec 8, 2017, 3:59 PM by Melanie Honeycutt
  • Burke County Schools to improve outdoor activity spaces 15 schools to benefit from Healthy Places NC grant               Fifteen schools in the Burke County Public Schools district will receive funding to add or update outdoor activity spaces for student ...
    Posted Dec 6, 2017, 2:05 PM by Cheryl Shuffler
  • The Burke County Board of Education The Burke County Board of Education will hold a special called meeting on Thursday, December 7, 2017 to tour Rutherford College and Valdese Elementary Schools. The Board will begin at ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2017, 8:24 AM by Melanie Honeycutt
  • Board of Education Public Notice There will be a Community Meeting/Public Hearing regarding Rutherford College Elementary School.  The meeting will be held Monday December 4, 2017 at 6:30 PM at Rutherford College Elementary ...
    Posted Dec 1, 2017, 12:19 PM by Bcps Bcps
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  • Reminder - Monday, Jan. 15 is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
  • Monday, Jan. 22 remains a teacher workday
  • Tuesday, Jan. 23 is now a regular school day (and not a teacher workday)

A message from Superintendent Putnam ...

Dear Parents, Students, Teachers and Staff,


With more than two months of winter still ahead of us, and with knowing how unpredictable the weather can be, I’d like to take this opportunity to update you on our plan for the school days ahead.


Monday, January 22, 2018 will remain (for now) a teacher workday. This date may change if we have to close or delay school prior to this date.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018, (originally scheduled as a teacher workday) is now a regular school day.


With 10 more official weeks of winter ahead of us, it is extremely important that we have the ability to swap days whenever possible.


I can’t thank you enough for your flexibility! I fully realize that changes to the normal day schedule and to the school calendar can create unanticipated problems.


On behalf of everyone in Burke County Public Schools who serve our more than 12,000 students on a daily basis, we appreciate your patience and understanding this time of year. 


We will continue to make safety our number one priority, even when it comes to the difficult task of trying to predict the unpredictable weather in our area.




Larry Putnam


Burke County Public Schools


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The 2018-19 School Year Calendar is now available.)

Student Internship Opportunities 
Applications are open for Spring 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.


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