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Education in Elizabeth City, NC

Elizabeth City gets high marks for its diverse educational options

By Teree Caruthers on March 20, 2017

Elizabeth City NC Schools
Elizabeth City / Courtesy of College of the Albemarle

Elizabeth City’s schools, colleges and universities offer families a wide range of high-quality educational options.

Public Schools

Elizabeth City families are served by two school districts: Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Schools  and Camden County Schools. Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Schools serve nearly 6,000 students in grades pre-K-12 in its seven elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools and an alternative school. Recently, the district partnered with the College of The Albemarle (COA) to establish an early college program, which will allow students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma as well as an associate’s degree in science, engineering or human services technology from COA or two years of transferable college credit. The early college program is housed on the COA campus and focuses on STEM-related subjects, such as phlebotomy, aviation and computer-aided drafting and offers hands-on instruction and problem-based learning.

Camden County Schools also offers an early college program housed in the former CamTech High School. The district’s five schools serve more than 1,900 students in pre-K through 12th grade. Camden County Schools places an emphasis on reading curriculum and assessment, ensuring all students are reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. Camden High School’s principal, Billie Berry, was named North Carolina’s top school principal in 2016.

The Northeast Academy of Aerospace and Advanced Technologies (NEAAAT) is a STEM-based charter school located on the campus of Elizabeth City State University. The school, which opened in fall 2015, serves the entire region and was designed as a statewide model. Students can earn up to two years of college credit and get the valuable high-tech training sought after by employers.

Private Schools

Founded in 1965, Albemarle School is one of the oldest private schools in the region. The school offers classes for students in grades pre-K through 12. High school students are able to earn college credits prior to graduation, and the school boasts a 100 percent graduation rate.

Grace Montessori Academy  is open to infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and five- and six-year-olds. The school practices the Montessori philosophies of mixed-age classrooms and integrating practical life experiences into the curriculum.

New Life Academy is a Christian school for children, ages 2-5, and students in grades pre-K through 12. New Life prides itself on the Bible-based approach to major academic subjects, including reading, math, history and science, using the A Beka curriculum and Edgenuity.

Victory Christian School, associated with Victory Baptist Church in Elizabeth City, prepares students not only for college and careers, but for life, stressing high academic standards and consistent disciplinary policies.

Higher Education

Established in 1891 as a teachers college for African-Americans, Elizabeth City State University is one of the nation’s top HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). The university offers 22 undergraduate and four graduate degrees in areas ranging from aviation and business to computer science and early childhood education. Part of the University of North Carolina System, ECSU has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the South’s top public schools.

Formerly known as Roanoke Bible College, Mid-Atlantic Christian University is associated with the Churches of Christ in Eastern North Carolina. The university is divided into the School of Undergraduate Studies, which offers degrees in arts and sciences, biblical studies, Christian ministry and marketplace ministry, and the School of Professional Studies, which offers courses both on campus and online.

The College of The Albemarle was the state’s first comprehensive community college. Today, the school boasts four campuses across seven of the region’s counties and offers more than 50 programs of study as well as certifications and workforce training. COA also partners with the local school systems to offer high school students dual enrollment.


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