New Hanover County Schools has been ranked among the top 20 school districts in North Carolina in a ranking by Niche, a data compilation group. The district is ranked #18 and it ranks third among the state’s large school districts after Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Union County Schools.
New Hanover County Board of Education Chair Lisa Estep stated "The Board is leading with initiatives such as forming a collaborative Title IX Committee, hiring a new Title IX director, and working on inclusive hiring practices. We are making significant changes that are impactful and will help the district improve overall."
"New Hanover County Schools is an excellent school system. We will always have room for improvement, but I am proud of the accomplishments of our employees and students. Their hard work is what makes this district great and we will continue to strive for that number one spot," added Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley.
NHCS has made significant strides in improving the overall mission and achievement of students. Some recent highlights include:
- An increase in the 2019 graduation rate to 87.3%.
- An Equity Workgroup comprised of educators in the district from different divisions. The Board of Education will also have an Equity Committee as the district moves forward to ensure that it has a culture that embraces, accepts, and is inclusive of our diverse community.
- The NHCS Human Resources and Special Education Divisions, along with Board Chair Estep, are working closely with Vocational Rehabilitation Services (NC Department of Health and Human Services) to help make the district’s hiring process more inclusive of all people.
- Expansion of online learning courses to allow more students the opportunity to take advantage of online learning while utilizing the teachers within our district.
- Murray Middle School was recently awarded the NC Green Power Solar Schools Grant. This grant will fund a three Kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system for Murray and valuable environmental educational tools.
- NHCS has a strong education partnership with New Hanover County Government. With the support of our County Commissioners, the district has an increased number of early childhood education classes and future teacher scholarships have been funded.