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football player stretching for a touchdown while being tackled

Athletics is a source of pride for Burke County Public Schools. BCPS believes that students can benefit from involvement in athletics and that as a school system we should provide opportunities for students to be involved in positive, extra-curricular activities.
The district offers 7 sports at the middle school level and 15 for high school students.  Athletic programs in Burke County Public Schools believe in academic success in the classroom, student attendance in school and good sportsmanship while representing BCPS.  All student athletes must be in good academic standing and adhere to county and state regulations in academics and attendance. 
BCPS high school teams participate in state-approved conferences by the NCHSAA.  BCPS middle school sports teams participate in the Foothills Conference. For more information on specific sports offered in our middle and high schools, contact the school principal or athletic director.

Athletic Forms

Burke County Public Schools does not prohibit the taking of photographs by visitors at public events. However, persons intending to gain media access for school sponsored events with permission to photograph students will be required to register with the Central Office and shall authorize Burke County Public Schools to conduct a formal background check at the expense of the person requesting media access and shall partake in any training deemed necessary by the district. The district will maintain an approved list of visitors with media access which will be provided to school administrators. School administrators shall cross-reference the list of approved persons before permitting media access to any individual.Policy Code: 5020 Visitors to Schools


  For more information visit the North Carolina High School Athletic Association website.