Public & Private Schools in Smithfield, NC

Johnston Community College Library in Smithfield, NC
Johnston Community College Library in Smithfield, NC

There are many excellent choices for getting a solid education in Johnston County, starting in preschool and extending through the college experience.

Johnston County Schools

The district has 44 schools with about 33,000 students in grades K-12, making it the sixth-largest school system in North Carolina. With the overall population of Johnston County growing each year, JCS is currently the second-fastest-growing school system in the state. Student achievement ranks in the top 20 percent of all North Carolina districts, and SAT scores averaging 1022 are above the state and national average.

Neuse Charter School

Johnston County's only free public charter school made news in 2011 when it opened a 26-acre campus off Booker Dairy Road, with separate pods for kindergarten, elementary (grades 1-5), middle school (6-8) and high school (9-12). The school opened in 2007 and today has about 750 students. Neuse Charter School admits students through a lottery system and focuses on international studies, offering foreign language education as early as kindergarten. In October 2013, the school broke ground on a three-story building for high school students that will include 15 classrooms, two science labs, two technology labs and four "floating study areas."

Partnership for Children of Johnston County

This nonprofit organization provides a variety of programs and services to assist families. Partnership for Children programs provide support and information for families seeking child care options. The partnership also oversees an intensive parent education program that educates families on child development and parenting skills, in order to promote child language, intellectual growth, and physical and social-emotional skills.

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