School Guide Magazine

Johnston County Public Schools

Posted June 6, 2007 2:00 p.m. EDT
Updated August 22, 2007 9:13 p.m. EDT

With easy access to Research Triangle Park via I-40, Johnston County continues to experience high population growth with a steady increase in school enrollment. And Johnston County Schools are ready to meet the challenge.

The district educates more than 27,000 students and is comprised of 35 schools, including 19 elementary schools, 10 middle schools and six high schools.

Johnston County Schools structures its personalized curricula, programs and staff to encourage a desire for learning that will last a lifetime. In the elementary schools, children learn by hands-on observation, a literature-based reading program and a process-oriented writing program. The middle and high schools make use of core academic teacher teams, teacher-based guidance programs and exploratory curriculum courses. Additionally, every school building provides state-of-the-art facilities for students, largely supported by four bond referenda, of which the most recent was passed for $85 million in May 2005.
The district strives to support learning and utilize technology and enrichment strategies to succeed:

  • Student achievement ranks among the top 20 percent of all school districts in North Carolina
  • More than 90 percent of all students have scored at or above the proficient level in mathematics and more than 87 percent scored at the proficient level for reading
  • SAT average score of 1015—exceeding the state’s average by 14 points
  • More than 25 schools have been recognized as High Growth Schools, Schools of Excellence and Schools of Distinction
  • A center for academically and intellectually talented elementary students
    Excellent athletic facilities for team sports
  • The Middle College High School program that offers dual enrollment in high school and Johnston Community College
    Career and technical education programs
  • Special needs and exceptional children programs

From personalized academics to extracurricular activities, Johnston County Schools are maximizing their strengths to involve students in their own learning and to create citizens who value respect and responsibility.