Gastonia, NC and Gaston County Have Strong Education System

On Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 10:57

Schools in Gaston County are enrolling right along, with the community being lucky to have a strong public school system, a K-12 charter school as well as two colleges. Here is some background:

Gaston County Schools

The Gaston County Schools district oversees a total of 54 academic venues that include nine high schools, 11 middle and 32 elementary. There is also one alternative school for middle and high school-aged students, and a separate Webb Street School in Gastonia that serves young people ages 3-22 who have moderate to severe disabilities.

Piedmont Community Charter School

PCCS serves grades K-12 and has approximately 925 students enrolled. The students consistently score well on standardized testing, and the academic program is supplemented by varied fine arts offerings from music to dance to visual arts. Piedmont Community Charter School is accredited by both North Carolina and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Gaston College

This community college is located in Dallas and serves Gaston and Lincoln counties, enrolling more than 5,000 full-time students each term. Gaston College also welcomes about 16,000 students annually to its continuing education program. The college was chartered in 1963 and has been in its current campus on U.S. Highway 321 since 1964. It offers associate degrees, certificates and diplomas.

Belmont Abbey College

This Roman Catholic liberal arts college is in Belmont, and more than 80 percent of the faculty holds doctoral degrees in their subjects. Belmont Abbey offers bachelor's degrees in 19 majors, and in 2006 was ranked as one of the best colleges in the Southeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Under its present curriculum, students are required to take at least one writing intensive course as well as a course in social science, global perspectives, math, fine arts, logic, philosophy and two theology courses.