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How do I find out about public schools in Brunswick County?

Ana Ribeiro
StarNews

The best thing you can do is visit the schools yourself, talk to the teachers and principals, see the classrooms, the hallways, the lockers, whether or not it’s crowded, etc. But the Internet and phone, as usual, can help with your assessment.

Brunswick County Schools has a Web site that’s a work in progress, at www.bcswan.net. But you can find basic information there about each of the county’s 19 schools, with Town Creek Elementary and Cedar Grove Middle being the newest. You can also view calendars, the Student Handbook, school news and school board policies and meeting agendas.

To reach the school system’s central office by phone, call (910) 253-2900. The superintendent’s name is Katie McGee. The school board chairwoman is Shirley Babson.

The Star-News has a page dedicated to our local school systems, at www.starnewsonline.com/education. It has superintendent Q&A’s, school system stats, useful links and a list of stories that can help give you a picture of what those schools are like. You can also type “Brunswick County Schools” in the search bar at www.starnewsonline.com, and relevant stories will come up.

Brunswick County now has nine elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools, one K-8 school, one alternative school and one Early College High School. The county school system covers an area of about 850 square miles and has more than 11,000 students and nearly 2,000 employees.

Another useful resource for information on this school system – and all others across the state – is www.ncreportcards.org. It gives you information on how well each school and district is doing in end-of-year tests, on teacher quality, class size, school safety, the number of suspensions and expulsions, graduation and attendance rates and more.

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