• Gaston County 草榴社区s Facts and Figures

    Gaston County 草榴社区s is fully accredited by AdvancED (now Cognia) as a quality school system.  Each school earned full accreditation and the "quality school" distinction.

    鈻&苍产蝉辫;Among the ten largest school districts in North Carolina with approximately 30,000 students (pre-kindergarten through high school)

    鈻 Provides a comprehensive educational program with outstanding opportunities for students in academics, athletics, fine arts, career and technical education, and extracurricular activities

    鈻 Second largest employer in Gaston County with more than 3,800 full-time and part-time employees, including 1,950 classroom teachers

    Number of 草榴社区s
    Elementary/Primary 草榴社区s – 29
    Intermediate 草榴社区 – 1
    Middle 草榴社区s – 11
    High 草榴社区s – 12
    Special Needs 草榴社区 – 1
    Alternative 草榴社区 – 1

    Virtual 草榴社区 (Grades K-12) - 1

    TOTAL – 56 

    Student Enrollment for 2023-2024
    Grades K-5 – 13,028
    Grades 6-8 – 7,088
    Grades 9-13 – 9,821
    Total (K-13) – 29,937
    Pre-Kindergarten – 362
    TOTAL (Pre-Kindergarten - High 草榴社区) – 30,299

    Student Ethnic Distribution for 2023-2024
    24.4 % – African American
    0.2 % – American Indian
    1.7 % – Asian
    47.0 % – Caucasian
    20.5 % – Hispanic
    6.1 % – Multiracial
    0.1 % – Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

    鈻&苍产蝉辫;High 草榴社区 Graduation Rate
    The graduation rate for the Class of 2023 is 85.3 percent.  Six schools have a graduation rate that exceeds 90 percent. 
    When the state first calculated the graduation rate in 2006, Gaston County was at a mere 68.1 percent.     

          2023 – GCS Graduation Rate – 85.3
          2022 – GCS Graduation Rate – 85.2
          2021 – GCS Graduation Rate – 86.5
          2020 – GCS Graduation Rate – 88.0
          2019 – GCS Graduation Rate – 84.8
          2018 – GCS Graduation Rate – 85.6
          2017 – GCS Graduation Rate – 88.3
          2016 – GCS Graduation Rate – 88.0 
          2015 – GCS Graduation Rate – 86.3 
          2014 – GCS Graduation Rate – 83.5
          2013 – GCS Graduation Rate – 81.2
          2012 – GCS Graduation Rate – 77.8 
          2011 – GCS Graduation Rate – 75.4 
          2010 – GCS Graduation Rate – 72.0 
          2009 – GCS Graduation Rate – 70.0 
          2008 – GCS Graduation Rate – 72.3 
          2007 – GCS Graduation Rate – 71.2 
          2006 – GCS Graduation Rate – 68.1
      
    鈻&苍产蝉辫;High 草榴社区 Graduates – Class of 2023
    • Number of graduates: 2,129
    • Scholarship money offered to graduates: More than $40 million
    • Approximately 934 academic, athletic, and merit scholarships were offered to our graduates, including scholarships to attend prestigious Ivy League schools
    • Number of colleges/universities presenting scholarships to seniors: 101
    • Number of scholarships valued at $100,000 or greater: 107 
    Click here for the Class of 2023 valedictorians and salutatorians and seniors who achieved perfect attendance.
     
    High 草榴社区 Dropout Rate
     
                                     Gaston Rate      State Rate 
         
          2021-2022            3.26                     2.25
          2020-2021            2.60                     1.94
          2018-2019            2.62                     2.01
          2017-2018            2.62                     2.18
          2016-2017            2.21                     2.31
          2015-2016            2.29                     2.29
          2014-2015            2.02                     2.39
          2013-2014            1.84                     2.28
          2012-2013            1.61                     2.45
          2011-2012            3.43                     3.01
          2010-2011            4.46                     3.43
          2009-2010            4.43                     3.75
          2008-2009            5.60                     4.27
          2007-2008            5.69                     4.97
          2006-2007            6.29                     5.24
     
    鈻&苍产蝉辫;Student Achievement
    • In a comparison of the 2022-2023 year to the 2020-2021 year, when students returned to school following the COVID-19 shutdown in March 2020, the percentage of students in Gaston County 草榴社区s scoring at or above grade level (achieving proficiency) on end-of-grade and end-of-course tests is higher in all tested areas except for eighth grade science (the decrease in eighth grade science is less than three points).  The most notable improvements coming out of the pandemic are in elementary school math and science, middle school reading, and high school math and biology. 
    • Gaston’s overall proficiency rate for 2022-2023 is 50.2 percent, which is 1.8 points higher than last year’s rate of 48.4.  The state rate is 53.6 percent.
    • 37 of 51 schools met or exceeded academic growth expectations. At the elementary school level, Carr, Catawba Heights, Lowell, North Belmont, Pinewood, and Rankin exceeded overall academic growth expectations.  Bessemer City, Chavis, Cramerton, Southwest, Stanley, and York Chester exceeded overall expectations among the middle schools.  At the high school level, Gaston Early College, Gaston Early College of Medical Sciences, Highland, and South Point exceeded overall expectations.     
    • For the 2022-2023 school year, Gaston County had nearly two-thirds of its schools (32 of 51) to earn an A, B, or C grade – three schools received an A grade, eight schools received a B grade, and 21 schools received a C grade.  Gaston Early College High 草榴社区, Gaston Early College of Medical Sciences, and Highland 草榴社区 of Technology are the schools with an A grade. Twelve schools are within three or fewer points of achieving a higher school performance grade:  Beam Intermediate, W.A. Bess, Cramerton, East Gaston, Grier, Holbrook, Hunter Huss, Lingerfeldt, Rankin, Robinson, South Point, and Woodhill.  South Point High 草榴社区 is three points away and Cramerton Middle 草榴社区 is two points away from having an A school performance grade, which is a status that is difficult to achieve.
    • Click here for more information about student achievement.

    Career and Technical Education 
    Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are offered at all high schools and middle schools.  These outstanding programs prepare students for success in college and the workforce.  Through CTE, our students gain knowledge, skills, hands-on experience, and credentials – all of this gives them an advantage when going on to college and/or embarking on a career path.

    For the 2020-2021 academic year, Gaston County 草榴社区s leads the state in the number of CTE pathway credentials earned by students.

    • 6,065 – the number of CTE credentials earned by students (highest number in the state)

    鈻&苍产蝉辫;草榴社区 Safety 
    Outstanding school safety record for Gaston County 草榴社区s – Of the ten largest school districts in the state, we once again have the lowest school crime rate. Lower incidents of crime than the state average
    • Gaston County 草榴社区s average – 3.86 incidents of crime per 1,000 students for 2021-2022
    • State average – 7.510 incidents of crime per 1,000 students for 2021-2022
    • Gaston's school crime rate has been significantly lower than the state rate for more than 10 years.
    • 草榴社区 resource officers serve all schools.
    • 草榴社区s are equipped with camera, visitor check-in, and buzz-in entry systems to enhance safety. 

    Students receiving Special Services
    Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) – 2,905
    Special Needs Children – 4,586

    Computers and Technology
    • More than 61,000 computing devices (desktop and laptop computers, Chromebooks, and tablets) are in use in Gaston County 草榴社区s.
    • Number of SMART Boards, SMART Panels, and LCD Displays in our classrooms – 2,265
    • Student-to-computer ratio – 1 student to 1 mobile device – All students are assigned a Chromebook computer for use at school and home.
    • All schools have wireless Internet access.
    • Outdoor access points are available at all schools so students and employees can access the district's WiFi network from the parking lot.

    Bus Transportation
    Gaston County 草榴社区s operates one of the safest bus transportation fleets in the state.

    • Total Number of Students Transported Daily – 15,000
    • Miles Traveled Daily – 12,000
    • Number of 草榴社区 Buses – 202
    • Number of Activity Buses – 47
    • Gallons of fuel used per week - 15,000 

    草榴社区 Nutrition
    The Gaston County 草榴社区s nutrition program serves healthy, well-balanced breakfast and lunch meals each day in our 55 school cafeterias. Our cafeterias take pride in serving delicious and nutritious meals that include fresh fruits and vegetables grown at home in North Carolina. All cafeterias maintain a grade "A" sanitation rating.
    • Breakfasts Served Daily – 10,500
    • Breakfasts Served Annually – 1.9 million
    • Lunches Served Daily – 19,000
    • Lunches Served Annually – 3.4 million

    Click here for more information on school nutrition for the 2023-2024 school year.

    English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
    The Gaston County 草榴社区s International Center located at the former Forest Heights Elementary 草榴社区 in Gastonia assists linguistically diverse students and their families.

    • Number of students identified as Limited English Proficient (LEP) – 3,003
    • Number of students identified as Immigrant Students (Students born in another country and who have lived in the United States three years or less) – 862
    • Different languages spoken by students in Gaston County 草榴社区s – 59 language families
    • Number of English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers – 42

    草榴社区 Choice/Magnet 草榴社区 Programs
    Gaston County 草榴社区s is proud to offer 22 school choice/magnet school programs.  Prior to 2016, there were only two magnet programs – Highland 草榴社区 of Technology and Gaston Early College High 草榴社区.  Our school choice options include Academy programs that are related to seven themed areas: Careers, Collegiate Prep, Health Sciences, Leadership, Performing Arts, Public Service, and Technology and Industrial Engineering.  Click here to learn more about our school choice options.   

    For more information about Gaston County 草榴社区s, please contact the Communications/Public Information Department, (704) 866-6100.

    * We are in the process of updating our Facts and Figures for the 2023-2024 academic year.