Pitt County Schools
PITT COUNTY SCHOOLS
Mission Statement: The Pitt County Schools, through high expectations, excellence in teaching, and a safe, orderly environment, will ensure that all students master the skills necessary for success as life-long learners in a rapidly changing world.
Each of the thirty-five Pitt County Schools is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. System wide accreditation means that each school has met and/or surpassed a strict set of standards for educational excellence.
The Pitt County Schools System serves 23,300 students and employs about 2,750.
THE PITT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
The Pitt County Board of Education serves the citizens of Pitt County by providing leadership through the establishment of policies that will provide the best education possible for the children of our county. The Board is comprised of twelve elected members, two from each of six geographic districts. Each district has “A” and “B” representatives who are elected to staggered terms every six years.
Two open meetings are held each month in the third floor conference room of the Pitt County Office Building. Citizens who desire a schedule of meetings and a board agenda preview can contact the Office of the Superintendent at 830-4200 for further information.
Kindergarten registration is held annually at each primary school during the month of March. To register, students must be 5 years old on or before August 31 of the year they wish to enroll. Parents should bring a certified copy of their child’s birth certificate, immunization record, and two proofs of residency when they register.
Immunization: All students in North Carolina are required to be immunized against a minimum number of childhood diseases. In order to enter school, each student, regardless of grade or age, must show proof that he/she has received the following immunizations:
- 5 DPT (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccine
- 4 OPV (oral polio vaccine) doses
- 2 Rubeola (measles) vaccine – one dose between 12 and 16 months and a second dose before enrolling in school the first time
- 1 Rubella (German Measles) vaccine between 12 and 16 months
- 2 Mumps vaccine – one dose between 12 and 16 months and a second dose before enrolling in school the first time
- 3 Hepatitis B vaccines
- 4 Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
- 1 Varicella vaccine between 12 an 19 months is required for children born on or after April 1, 2001
Staff/Student Ratio: Maximum class size is set by North Carolina state law. For grades K-3 it is one teacher per 21 students. For fiscal years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013, local school administrative units have the maximum flexibility to use allotted teacher positions to maximize student achievement in grades 4-12.
Teacher Certification: Approximately twenty-eight percent (28%) of Pitt County Schools’ classroom teachers hold a graduate certificate. This reflects that the teacher has attained a Master’s degree, an Educational Specialist degree or a Doctorate. In addition, approximately 290 classroom teachers are National Board Certified.
Test Information: Students in third through eighth grade are given standardized end-of-grade achievement tests in reading and mathematics. End-of-grade tests in science are given to students in grades 5 and 8. A writing assessment is given in the 10th grade. NC end-of-course tests are given in grades 9-12 in Algebra I, Biology, and English I.
Report Cards: Report cards are sent home to parents of students in grades K-8 at the end of nine week marking periods. Students in grades 9-12 receive report cards at the end of six week marking periods.
The Pitt County Transportation Department serves all the Pitt County Schools. School bus transportation is available to all students who live at least 1.5 miles from the school they attend. On average, 218 yellow school buses transport 12,500 students daily. Currently, 40% of the school bus fleet will provide runs for two schools, increasing efficiency. There are 18 special needs buses as well as approximately 30 activity buses.
Child Nutrition Services consists of on-site cafeterias at each school that provide nutritional meals each day. Cafeterias offer a menu choice lunch program in kindergarten through the twelfth grade, with some schools offering salad bars and a la carte lines. A breakfast program is also offered in all schools with a choice in menu items. Pitt County school cafeterias also provide snacks for children attending After School programs.
Academically or Intellectually Gifted. Pitt County Schools’ Academically or Intellectually (AIG) education program challenges students to reach their academic potential by providing opportunities for enrichment and special programs, access to a variety of learning environments, and instruction using content differentiation strategies. Examples of options for each level are:
- K-3 (Elementary): exploratory centers, Junior Great Books, Math Super Stars, and Odyssey of the Mind;
- 4-5 (Intermediate): tier assignments, independent research, science fairs, and Saturday Enrichment classes;
- 6-8 (Middle School): speakers, field trips, enrichment groups, Quiz Bowl, and NC Junior Historians;
- 9-12 (High School): Advanced Placement courses, honors courses, parallel enrollment at college and high school, and independent research.
Community Schools and Recreation Program. When it was created in 1977, the original vision of the Community Schools program was to 1) maximize utilization of shool facilities; 2) encourage greater citizen involvement with the schools; and 3) develop recreation programs and activities for citizens of all ages.
Today, the Community Schools program coordinates the use of facilities in thirty-five schools; provides for greater citizen involvement through volunteerism; plans, implements, and coordinates recreation programs for citizens of all ages; works cooperatively with agencies and organizations throughout Pitt County and North Carolina; coordinates an After-School Program in twelve elementary schools; and works collaboratively with schools and communities to develop school parks across the county.
Exceptional Children’s Program. The mission of the Exceptional Children’s Division is to ensure that students with disabilities develop mentally, physically, emotionally, and vocationally. Consultation services, resource programs, part-time special classes and full-time programs are available for children 3-22. Related services such as speech, language, hearing, occupational therapy and physical therapy are available as needed. Each child’s individual educational program is developed by the parents and school personnel and reviewed annually to assure that appropriate services are being provided in the least restrictive environment.
Career-Technical Education. The program begins during the middle school grades with skill based business courses and leads to specialized classroom instruction in grades 9-12. Each subject area is specially designed to inform and prepare the student for employment and/or a continued advanced technical education. There are six major programs offered by Pitt County Schools: Agricultural Education, Health Occupations Education, Business and Information Technology Education, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Marketing Education, and Trade and Industrial Education.
Health Sciences Academy. A high school curriculum program that provides four year health careers pathways (academic and health sciences elective courses) for students pursuing healthcare-related jobs after graduation. The goal of the academy is to increase the number of students in health sciences programs and positively impact the healthcare industry in meeting employment needs. Partners in the academy include Vidant Medical Center, Pitt Community College, East Carolina University and the Brody School of Medicine, the Eastern Area Health Education Center, and the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce. Students enroll in the Academy in either grades 9 or 10.
Interscholastic Athletic Programs. The Pitt County Schools believes that quality athletic programs greatly enhance the overall education of all students. Six high schools – J.H. Rose (4A), D.H. Conley (4A), South Central (4A), North Pitt (2A), Farmville Central (2A), and Ayden-Grifton (2A) – participate actively in their respective conferences. Each offers a variety of sports for each of the three seasons. The middle schools participate in the Pitt County Middle School Athletic Conference. Offerings include: football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, and wrestling.
Expanded Interest Activities. Curriculum areas are often enhanced by expanded interest activities that add variety to the learning experience. Students are able to participate in clubs, quiz bowls, math contests, spelling bees, essay and speech competitions and art contests. During the year students become involved in observing special times such as Heritage Week, Cultural Arts Week, and the School Library Media Day.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Ethan Lenker, Superintendent
Pitt County Schools
1717 West 5th Street
Greenville, NC 27834
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