McDowell County Schools

Unleashing the potential of every student every day.

Dear Parents, Students and Staff:
 It is exciting to begin a new school year in McDowell County.  We are grateful to be able to teach and support the development of your child.  Our employees are also thankful to you, as a parent, for the assistance you provide to them in the classroom and community.  This county is blessed with many fine schools, but our staff is constantly striving to learn new strategies and working tirelessly to make them even better.

The McDowell County School System understands that your child is so much more than a test score and we will continue to provide programs and services that address the “whole child”.  In addition to the teaching and learning that takes place in our schools every day, we offer a wide array of other quality resources.  All of our schools provide universal free meals, safe transportation, dental care, mental health services, athletic opportunities, and after-school programs.  The high schools also offer dual credit courses, advanced placement courses, medical clinics, and opportunities to attend our Career and Technology Center. 

As you can see, our employees and the members of our Board of Education, are committed to providing your child with the individual care that they may need to be college and career ready when they graduate.  Please assist us by having them attend school every day so they can take advantage of the great opportunities our schools provide.  Help us “Unleash the Potential of Every Student Every Day!”

Have a prosperous school year, and thank you for allowing me to serve as your Superintendent.


Nelson Spencer

Nelson K. Spencer

Last Modified on September 14, 2016