If education tops your list of values, that's definitely in sync with Mooresville. The area's two public systems, Mooresville Graded School District and Iredell-Statesville Schools, both score high in academic achievement, graduation rates and other criteria designated by the North Carolina Department of Education.
In the Mooresville Graded School District, the emphasis is on high-tech learning. Since fall 2007, a strategic plan adopted by school leaders prepares students for 21st-century challenges by focusing on advanced technology and critical-thinking skills. The system’s motto, Every Child, Every Day, expresses the belief that all students are capable of success. Reinforcing the ideal is a computer hardware program providing every student, beginning in fourth grade, with a Macbook laptop, helping to level the playing field for families that might not be able to afford the latest technology for their youngsters.
Exellence in Teaching
With more than 20,000 students on its rolls and a long-held tradition of quality education, Iredell-Statesville Schools attract and retain some of the state’s best and brightest teachers in the region. In fact, the average teacher in the system has 15 years of experience. The Iredell-Statesville system serves communities in the South Iredell and Lake Norman areas near Mooresville, and its student-performance rankings consistently make the top 25% of all North Carolina systems.
Students who attend The Goddard School will be well prepared for entry into formal education. The Five-Star rated preschool provides quality care for youngsters from six weeks to six years of age. The program’s small class sizes allow children to progress at their own pace, and the curriculum is geared toward enhancing emotional, social, intellectual and academic development. Parents with children in the program praise its well-rounded focus. “This environment has allowed our daughter to establish a love for learning,” says one parent on the preschool’s website. Others agree. “The children are always engaged and seem to truly enjoy the learning experience.”
Higher Ed and Job Training
Founded in 1852, Mitchell Community College in Statesville serves approximately 2,000 learners, with about half enrolled as full-time, degree-seeking students. The state-supported college offers affordable two-year degrees in business, engineering, computer tech, nursing, allied health and other subjects. The college also works with area employers to provide job training. In case there’s any question, research shows MCC students receive a solid 19.9% rate of return on their investment based on future earning potential, and recover all costs of their education, including wages foregone, in fewer than seven years after graduation.
More Education Options
Other area higher-ed options include Central Piedmont Community College. With six campuses in the Charlotte area, it's the state’s largest community college. CPCC also offers a distance education program with more than 250 classes online each semester. Highly ranked four-year colleges and universities near Mooresville include Davidson College, an independent liberal arts campus; Pheiffer University, with campuses in Charlotte, Misenheimer and Durham; and Appalachian State Univeristy, a top-rated four-year public campus about 90 miles away in Boone.