Henderson-Vance County Economic Development Commission | PO Box 2017 | Henderson, North Carolina 27536 | 252-492-2094
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K-12 Schools


A strong educational base committed to preparing students for the future.


Vance County Public School System’s 1,000 employees serve the educational needs of over 6,000 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Their stated mission is to “celebrate and serve children in our community” by ensuring that “every child is college prepared or workforce and career ready.” The system offers a public dashboard called “ADVANCING VANCE” that tracks data on these priorities. In 2018, Vance County Public Schools introduced one of the largest digital learning deployments in the United States. “Vance Virtual” laboratories feature three-dimensional instruction in science, geography, health and more.

Vance County is proud of its STEM-based public school system. High school students can earn a college Associate’s degree upon graduation, thanks to an innovative program with Vance-Granville Community College. In addition, the county is rich with private education options. Vance Charter School promotes a common core curriculum with an emphasis on volunteering in the community.

Kerr-Vance Academy offers a heritage of high academic performance built over four decades. The Academy has a small teacher-student ratio and has enjoyed a long run of success in athletic competition, including baseball, basketball and soccer. Henderson Collegiate is a rapidly growing charter school ranked in the top 3% of schools in North Carolina. The school has over 50 full time staff members and 500+ students, and maintains a band, chorus and competitive sports program.

Vance County’s STEM-educational foundation continues through to Vance-Granville Community College, which offers an impressive number of technology-based certificates and degrees. Beyond that, Henderson and Vance County are 45 miles north of one of the greatest concentrations of research universities in the United States. From kindergarten through college, this is an exceptional region for education.


Current metrics (2018) show that over 80% of Vance County graduates continue on to college, community college, or military service. That successful track record is bolstered by extraordinary resources in specialized education. In Vance County, it starts with the Steam Academy at E.M. Rollins Elementary School – a year-round program focused on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. The Steam Academy fosters “inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking” for students in the earliest stages of the education process. That focus continues in middle school with Vance County STEM Early High School, featuring project-based work for students in grades 6 through 8. Students in grades 9 through 13 can earn high school diplomas and college Associate degrees in Vance County’s Early College High School program. For non-traditional students or students who need to “make up ground,” AdVance Academy features personalized, online coursework for students in grades 9 through 12. From first grade through senior year, Vance County offers exceptional resources to help every child succeed in their educational career and far beyond.

For more information on Vance County Schools NC, please visit  vcs.k12.nc.us.

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Ferdinand Rouse - Director
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Henderson, North Carolina 27536

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