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    Fourth-Graders Finish EOG’s with Pirate Party

    Fourth-graders at Mills River Elementary are running around with eye patches and toy parrots on their shoulders. One walks the plank into a kiddie pool of inflatable alligators. Others shoot each other with water streams while their friends dig for “bones” in a sandpit. It’s the annual end-of-year Pirate Party for the fourth grade classes, […]

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    Annah Lord 2015 Papa John’s Teacher of the Year

    A big Wildcat “ROAR!” was let loose in Annah Lord’s 5th grade class at Dana Elementary on Thursday afternoon, celebrating the efforts of the student who scored the class a pizza party. Jacob Collins, who’d written the winning essay for the 2015 Papa John’s Teacher of the Year contest, was more concerned that his teacher […]

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    School’s End Celebrated with “Final Frolic” at HES

    Excited squeals followed by sudsy splashes rose from the hill behind Hendersonville Elementary on Tuesday as students, parents and teachers slid down a waterslide kept slick with hoses and baby shampoo. Sponsored annually by the school’s PTO, the “Final Frolic” at the end of each school year is, “A celebration for our kids for working […]

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    Etowah Honors “Lunch Ladies” on School Lunch Hero Day

    A colorful sea of construction paper waved throughout Etowah Elementary’s cafeteria Friday morning, as students lifted into the air the thank-you cards and pictures they’d made for the school’s cafeteria staff. Celebrating School Lunch Hero Day, classrooms presented large works of art to “lunch ladies” Melinda Byrd, Denise Hastings, April Drake and Sommer Brown to […]

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    Elementary Students, Hendersonville Celebrate Arbor Day

    “Plant a tree for tomorrow, The world needs many, this we know. Plant a tree for tomorrow, Like children they need tender love to grow.” Second grade students from Hendersonville Elementary sang songs about planting and hugging trees, and spoke about the history of Arbor Day on Monday morning during an Arbor Day celebration on […]

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    Candice Greedy 2015 Papa John’s Teacher of the Year

    Linda Roger’s second grade class erupted into cheers and fist pumps Wednesday afternoon when Larry Harmon, Papa John’s public relations representative for North Carolina, entered the Hendersonville Elementary classroom with a stack of piping hot pizza boxes. Several students rushed to give Karis Marshall hugs of thanks, after learning their surprise pizza party was due […]

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Welcome to Henderson County Public Schools

Henderson County Public Schools is committed to providing all students the opportunity to learn and the encouragement to succeed in a safe environment.  We will honor the individual and nurture the potential of all children.

We are very proud of our school system and the accomplishments of our students and staff. We have a reputation of being one of the top school systems in the state, and we want to continue to achieve at high levels and provide a rich learning environment for our students. The success of our school system is due to our hardworking professionals, our parents, and the support of our community.

It is our vision that every student will achieve success and graduate as a life-long learner, globally competitive, prepared for career, college, and life. We continue to have one of the highest graduation rates in the state and our dropout rate continues to decline. Last year 83.84% of our students went on to post-secondary institutions, 3.86% entered the military, and 12.30% entered the job market. All four of our middle schools have received national recognition for their emphasis on strong academics, sensitivity to adolescents’ needs and interest, and commitment to equal access to high-quality education; thus earning the designation as Schools to Watch. Our SAT and ACT scores continue to be above the state and national average. Our schools continue to receive positive recognition for student performance on the North Carolina ABCs accountability model. Our students excel in many extracurricular areas such as band, chorus, and athletics.

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