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BCPS ranks No. 14 on list of best districts in state

posted Sep 6, 2018, 1:48 PM by Cheryl Shuffler

A national platform for researching schools, neighborhoods and companies has ranked Burke County Public Schools 14th on its list of best school districts in North Carolina. Niche.com released its new 2019 Best Schools ranking last month.


In its fifth year, Niche’s Best Schools rankings analyzed U.S. Department of Education data, supplemental data collected directly from more than 4,000 schools, and millions of student and parent reviews across factors such as academics, teachers and safety.


Niche.com gives Burke County Public Schools an A in diversity and Bs for academics, teachers, clubs and activities, administration, food, college prep, health and safety, sports and resources and facilities. Individually, 25 mainstream schools in the district received either an A or B from the website.


Reviewers on Niche.com praised Burke County Public Schools’ teachers and administrators, saying they are trustworthy, easy to talk to and helpful, and students feel prepared for the next level of their education.


Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam said, “We are proud of our top 15 ranking on Niche.com, and we are in good company with great schools districts such as Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Wake and Asheville City. We will not rest on those laurels. As we are now in our second week of a brand new school year, and our principals have set high expectations for 2018-19. We have only good things ahead of us in year two of our district strategic plan, which centers on students. Our goal is to provide our students with a safe and supportive learning environment, where a world-class level of service and technology will allow us to remain a leader in our region, and competitive in our state and nation.”


The No. 14th state ranking for Burke County Public Schools is out of 116 school districts. The website also ranks Burke County Public Schools 22nd in the safest school districts category and 25th in the best teachers category.


Just a few highlights for the new school year include:

·      The opening of Mountain View Elementary School and the Global Immersion Academy.

·      The Burke County Public Schools internship program, which connects students with internships at local business and industry.

·      Breakfast on the Go in all elementary schools and Second Chance Breakfast at most all secondary schools, plus Universal Breakfast at all schools, which means breakfast is free for all students.

·      Continued committed to the safety and wellbeing of all students, staff and visitors on our school campuses and on our buses to and from school.  

·      Zero tolerance for bullying. Anyone can report an incident of bullying at: http://www.burke.k12.nc.us/parents/parents/bullying