Haywood County Schools (HCS) serves 7,124 students enrolled in grades pre-kindergarten to early college. HCS is the largest school system west of Buncombe County, with 15 schools – 8 elementary, 3 middle and 2 comprehensive high schools, 1 alternative high school and 1 early college.

A Tradition of Excellence
Haywood County Schools (HCS) ranks in the top 12% of school districts in the state. We are proud that 79.8% of our students pass the ACT and/or ACT Workkeys test. We rank 7th of 115 school districts in this measure. HCS has district accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as well as AdvancED.

Our Staff
• There are 622 permanent certified and 364 non-certified staff who strive to make us go “from good to great.”
• HCS certified staff collectively holds 361 bachelor’s degrees, 216 master’s degrees, 31 advanced degrees, 5 doctorate degrees and 94 are National Board certified.

Preparing Students for Success
• Haywood Early College was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School for being one of the top performing schools in the country. Haywood Early College is a partnership between HCS and Haywood Community College that focuses on students earning a high school diploma along with a two-year transferable degree.
• Compared to the 115 school districts in NC, HCS ranked 12th in ACT performance.
• HCS has an active Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. We employ 37 CTE teachers and offer 12 career pathways with 73 CTE courses available.
• HCS prepares students to be college and career ready by offering advance placement (AP), honor, and Career and College Promise (CCP) classes. CCP classes allow eligible students the opportunity to enroll in college classes through their high school. Students who successfully complete a course can earn college credit and in many cases, earn high school credits toward graduation.

2018 Senior Class
• 521 academic diplomas
• 189 plan to attend a 4-year college
• 210 will attend a 2-year college
• 20 have enlisted in the military
• 85 are already employed
• 15 are undecided

Sources of School Funding
Local $16,460,829 • State $43,227,797 • Federal $7,530,178
Per pupil expenditure is $9,441. Of 115 districts in the state, HCS’s expenditure, including child nutrition is ranked:
State – 90th • Federal – 71st • Local – 34th • Total – 78th

Number of students enrolled in
• Exceptional Children’s program 16.8%
• Academically Gifted program 13%
• Free & Reduced Lunch 51.25% of ADM

Each year, HCS transports more than 3,000 students approximately 775,000 miles on 73 buses. The HCS transportation department has historically received some of the top “Best Bus” inspections ratings in the state. This is awarded to the county with the fewest defects found on school buses.

The HCS child nutrition department serves an average of 2,360 breakfasts and 4,500 lunches daily.

The maintenance department maintains more than 380 acres of property, including 136 buildings and over 1.65 million sq ft of space. The average age of our facilities is 50 years. Total budget for maintenance, custodial, repairs, and projects is $7.5 million.

Haywood County Schools Foundation
The Haywood County Schools Foundation awarded $149,856 in classroom grants and 99 student scholarships totaling $218,900.