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Rutherford County Schools

Discover Rutherford County Public Schools

Tucked into the foothills region of Western North Carolina, Rutherford County Schools serves students across the communities of Bostic, Ellenboro, Forest City, Lake Lure, Ruth, Rutherfordton, and Spindale—spanning almost 600 square miles! This above-average district educates over 8,500 students across the county in grades PreK through 12.

If you’re thinking of moving to Rutherford County, NC, take some time to explore the opportunities available to students of its public schools.

Discover Rutherford County Schools

District Accolades

  • #34 Best School Districts in North Carolina -
  • #9 Safest School Districts in North Carolina -
  • 2 Nationally Recognized High Schools - US News
  • ‘A’ ratings for Diversity, Clubs & Activities, Health & Safety, and Administration -

District Overview

  • 19 physical schools
  • 10 elementary schools
  • 3 middle schools
  • 3 high schools
  • 1 alternative learning center
  • 1 early college high school

Rutherford County Schools College Preparedness & Specialized Programs

Rutherford County Schools strive to ensure that each student reaches their fullest potential. The district offers numerous specialized programs and services to ensure each student is given the support and opportunities they need to thrive. Here are a few of the district’s top programs.

Going GLOBAL: Provides all students 1:1 access to a technology device. Students grades 5 – 12 have 1:1 access to a MacBook Air laptop. This program has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program.

NC Career College & Promise: Allows students the ability to take college courses offered through Isothermal Community College and earn both high school and college credit.

GEN{I}US: Motivates students to prepare and perform well on the SAT or ACT in order to win various prizes in different performance categories.


Rutherford County Schools offers sports teams at both the middle and high school levels. Sports offered in include:

Fall: Cheerleading, Football, Cross Country, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Winter: Wrestling, Basketball, Indoor Track, Swimming

Spring: Soccer, Baseball, Softball, Track, Golf

Classes & Programs

Rutherford County Schools also offers a wide array of classes and extracurricular programs, including:

Career and Technical Education: Agriculture, Business & Finance, Career Development, Family & Consumer Science, Health Science, Marketing, Technology, Trade & Industry

Fine Arts: Music, Theatre, Public Speaking, Visual Art


Occupational Course of Study

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