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K-12 Education in Surry County
Surry County Schools
Elkin City Schools
Mount Airy City Schools
Millennium Charter Academy
As a charter school, MCA is a public school of choice, freed from many governmental regulations, but accountable for results. The school is open to all who wish to attend. Since tax dollars pay for the education, no tuition is charged. The school answers to its governing body, the Board of Directors of Millennium Education Foundation, its parent body, and to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, as well as to certain federal departments. Originally serving students in grades kindergarten through four, the school has grown steadily with its first twelfth grade class graduating in 2018. The school has almost nine hundred students and employs around one hundred ten people. MCA is well-noted in the community for its family-like environment, strong curriculum, and especially for its attention to teaching the whole child and not just focusing on test results. Students in all grades experience a curriculum of rich literature, problem-solving oriented mathematics, art, music, history, geography, science, and technology.
The MCA Lower School, comprised of grades kindergarten through five, offers the Core Knowledge Language Arts curriculum, which is a comprehensive program for teaching skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. This program also builds a strong knowledge base and vocabulary in literature, history, geography, and science. Math is taught from the Everyday Math curriculum, which focuses on building strong real-world problem solving skills. In addition to core classes, lower school students receive instrumental music, vocal music, art, technology, and physical education training. In addition to all core classes being taught at an honors level, the MCA Upper, grades six through twelve, offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities to students. The school has sixth through eighth grades and high school teams for soccer, cross country, volleyball, basketball, cheer leading, indoor track, fencing, track, tennis, golf, softball, and baseball. Students may participate in various clubs and competitions including Interact, Mock Trial, Debate, Quiz Bowl, Patriot’s Pen, NC Science and Engineering Fair, and the NC Student Academy of Science Research Paper Competition, among others. The student life experience is rich and fun, and offers many opportunities for service to the community and school, as well as fun after-hours events. High school students have the opportunity to partner with Surry Community College, the NC School of Science and Math, or to take Advanced Placement classes onsite at MCA to obtain early college credit. The high school also assists students with various internships, the production of a senior capstone project, and international travel. Of its very first graduating class, 92% of the graduating class is continuing to college, and one student is going into a missions program.
Surry Community College
Surry Community College is an invaluable resource for economic development in Surry County. Having a well-trained workforce is critical to attracting and retaining high quality companies. Surry Community College offers many options for students to obtain the skills and education needed for today’s jobs. Through its Industrial Training Center, Surry Community College offers customized training for business and industry. Check out the college brochure to learn about the programs available. The main campus of Surry Community College is located at 630 S. Main Street in Dobson, NC The college also offers classes at the Yadkin Center in Yadkinville, NC and the Workforce Development Center in Mount Airy, NC. In addition to the traditional classes offered at Surry Community College, distance education classes are available in several formats. Students may enroll in internet classes, hybrid courses, which combine face-to-face instruction with an internet component, and interactive video conferencing courses through the NC Information Highway. Surry Community College supports lifelong learning. Link to Performance Measures and Standards 2017-2018 Report for Surry Community College.
Area Colleges and Universities
Customized Training at Surry Community College
The Customized Training Program consists of training avenues for job growth, productivity enhancement and continuous improvement. Additionally, opportunities are available for extra funding through Technology Investment.