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Public & Private Schools in Kinston, NC

Students in Kinston, NC have plenty of excellent education choices,

By Rebecca Denton on April 29, 2014

Lenoir Community College in Kinston, NC
Kinston / Ian Curcio

Students in Lenoir County have plenty of excellent education choices, including charter schools, private schools, traditional public schools, an “early college” public high school.

Public Schools

Lenoir County School District features a range of prestigious offerings, including the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Kinston High School, a nationally recognized pre-engineering program at South Lenoir High School, and cyber campuses that provide distance learning and video conferencing at three high schools. Each middle and high school offers the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program, which targets students with average grades and helps them prepare for college. And the opportunities are only improving. Major renovations were recently completed at three elementary schools – Moss Hill, Banks and South East.

The district is home to five high schools, including Sampson Alternative and Lenoir County Early College. Housed at Lenoir Community College, the early college high school aims to graduate students in five years with a high school diploma along with an associate’s degree or two years of transferable college credit. The district also has eight elementary schools, three middle schools and a K-8 school.

Charter Schools

Founded in 1997, Children’s Village Academy was the first public charter school in Lenoir County. Children’s Village Academy boasts small class sizes and uses a variety of strategies and styles to reach all students. 

Kinston Charter Academy is a public charter school with an academic focus on science, math and Spanish. 

Private Schools

Arendell Parrott Academy in Kinston, a K-12 college preparatory school, draws from a nine-county region and is the largest independent school east of Raleigh. 

Bethel Christian Academy in Kinston, which serves students in pre-K through 12th grade, is a ministry of Bethel Free Will Baptist Church. 

Nova Five Points Day School works with children 17 years old and younger who have been diagnosed with a mental illness, emotional disturbance or substance-related disorder.

Top-Notch Child Care

Lenoir and Greene counties boast many top-notch child-care facilities, with Lenoir County alone offering at least two dozen child-care facilities with four- and five-star ratings. The Partnership for Children of Lenoir and Greene Counties is a nonprofit organization that helps parents find quality child care. With a focus on kids up to age 5‚ the state-funded organization also provides technical assistance‚ teacher education and other support to local child-care centers. 

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