Elizabeth City, NC Education Is Making Plenty of News

Why other school districts can learn from city's lesson plans.

On Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 10:15

Yes, this will be on the test: A lot of interesting news has been occurring lately throughout the Elizabeth City educational community.

College of The Albemarle

CoA has opened its new Currituck County Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center. The 40,000-square-foot building at Currituck Community Park in Barco debuted in December 2012 to provide the college with a top level aviation curriculum as well as machining and mechanical engineering courses. Departments at the center include aviation systems technology, computer integrated machining, and aviation sheet metal design.

College of The Albemarle is known as the first community college to be established under the North Carolina Community College Act of 1960, and it continues to provide educational and workforce development opportunities for the northeast region of North Carolina.

Elizabeth City State University

ECSU recently opened a new Willie and Jacqueline Gilchrist Education and Psychology Complex, named for the current chancellor and his wife who are both graduates of ECSU. The three-story building on the southeast corner of campus near Weeksville Road contains 53 faculty offices, two faculty lounges, three conference rooms, 15 classrooms and five laboratories.

Elizabeth City State University dates back to 1891 when it opened as a two-year school to 23 students and two teachers. Today, the four-year college of 3,700 students offers 36 degree programs along with four master's programs in elementary education, biology, mathematics and school administration. In 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked ECSU second in the magazine's category of Best Colleges: Top Public Schools.

Mid-Atlantic Christian University

MACU has an active Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter that is open to all students who compete on the college's sport teams, which include men's and women's basketball along with women's volleyball. Meanwhile, the university announced in 2012 that it will be hosting several big gospel concerts in the future, and the concerts are open to the public. Recent music headliners at the campus included The City Harmonic, Noble Theme and Cheerful Heart.

Mid-Atlantic Christian University is located along the Pasquotank River, north of downtown Elizabeth City, and was founded in 1948. It offers students more than 20 majors in four-year and two-year programs, and all degrees are from a Christian world view.

Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools

The district is overseen by the Pasquotank County Board of Education, whose goal is to prepare students to be responsible citizens and workers. The seven elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools and an alternative school have an enrollment of approximately 6,000 students. The school system is supported by The Education Foundation of Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools, which is a non-profit organization that raises money to offer programs that enhance students' learning experiences.

Private and Parochial Schools

Elizabeth City also has private school options. Albemarle School accommodates students from preschool through 12th grade and strives to create a caring, safe and family-friendly environment.

Elizabeth City's parochial schools are New Life Academy and Victory Christian School, with New Life offering instruction for students in pre-school (2-year-olds through K4) and kindergarten through fifth grade. Victory Christian School offers instruction for students from kindergarten (K4 and K5) through 12th grade.