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"Children First"

Alexander County's "Children First" motto summarizes the attitude that teachers, staff, supervisors, and administrators have concerning the education of its youth. All county and individual school goals are set to enable children to reach their fullest potential. Keeping "Children First" in the forefront motivates school personnel to serve the needs of all children in Alexander County.

The system's mission statement reads: "Alexander County schools are committed to excellence in teaching and to the belief that all children can learn. Our goal is to challenge each child with high expectations to learn, to achieve, and to fulfill his or her potential." Taking this statement, each school develops its school goals, objectives, and strategies for meeting the mission statement.

Alexander County School System provides a wide range of services for its students. Among the many specialists who work with students are psychologists, speech and physical therapists, special education teachers, librarians, and dance, art, drama, foreign language, English as a second language, and physical education teachers. Head Start gives preschoolers a good foundation. The Smart Start Governor's Program funded by the state is a training resource for day care, pre-school programs and Head Start. Guidance counselors serve all 10 schools. Instruction in remedial reading is available through Title 1 reading program, after-school tutoring, reading partners and other offerings.

With rising test scores, a declining drop-out rate, progressive leadership, dedicated teachers, excellent facilities, a low student violence rate, a high number of North Carolina Teaching Fellows, and other positive trends, Alexander County schools are truly putting "Children First".

Higher Education

The Alexander Campus of Catawba Valley Community College is located at 345 Industrial Blvd, Taylorsville, NC just off of Hwy. 16 South across from WalMart. Phone 828-632-8221.
CVCC Alexander Campus held an Open House and Ribbon Cutting on September 25, 2003 to celebrate the opening of the Alexander Campus of Catawba Valley Community College.
Click to view a slide show of the event and photos of the college.

Taylorsville is located within a half hours drive to several community colleges/technical institutes:

  • Caldwell Community College
  • Catawba Valley Community College-Hickory
  • Wilkes Community College
  • Mitchell Community College

Taylorsville is located within a 25 to 90 minute drive to several colleges/universities:

  • Lenoir Rhyne College
  • Appalachian State University
  • Catawba College
  • UNC-Greensboro
  • NC A&T State University
  • UNC-Charlotte

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