Quality of Life


Union County Public Schools

Union County Public Schools are one of the most desirable public school systems in the State.  While being the State’s 6th largest school system in the 13th fastest growing county in the United States has applied additional pressure on the school system, it has not placed a strain on achievement, as evidenced by the ninety  percent graduation rate.  Each year the school system continues to improve and put in place new curricula that enable students to score very well on a national scale.

Thirty elementary schools serve students in grades K-5.  Grade level objectives in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study are the focus for classroom instruction in the areas of language arts, math, social studies, science and health.  Specialists support the elementary program in music, art, physical education, media services, foreign language (Spanish), and guidance.  Computer instruction is provided for all K-5 students.

The nine middle schools of the Union County Public School System offer a balanced curriculum designed to meet the needs of students in grades 6-8.  A core program composed of language arts, science, social studies and mathematics is provided.  Also, physical education, health, cultural arts, computer classes and vocational studies enrich the curriculum

Currently the Union County High School Program consists of eleven comprehensive high schools, the Central Academy of Technology and Arts and South Providence School. The high school curricula provide a full complement of academic, vocational and elective studies designed to ensure our high school graduates are well prepared for future successes.

High school students may choose among four courses of study: the Career Prep Course of Study, the College/University Prep Course of Study, the College Tech Prep Course of Study or the Occupational Course of Study for students who have an Individualized Educational Plan.  These options will allow students to make decisions based upon their personal interests and career choices.  Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered at each of our comprehensive high schools.  In addition Union County Public Schools work in partnership with South Piedmont Community College to offer a variety of dual enrollment opportunities for students who are prepared to work at the college level while still in high school.

Under a unique and cutting edge initiative, Union County Public Schools are developing academies which will allow students to obtain certifications in specific fields, such as culinary arts or film post production, enabling them with skills that will allow them to enter the workforce directly upon graduation if they so desire.

Our students are entering a world where they are expected to meet global standards of competition.  Careful planning by parents and students before and during the high school experience will ensure that students take advantage of the high school course of study which will best prepare them for the challenges in their future.



Wingate University

Wingate University is a private comprehensive university with nearly 2,700 students in Wingate, North Carolina.  It was founded by Baptists in 1896 as Wingate School, an independent, co-educational institution and became a four-year college in 1977.  In 1996, Wingate College became Wingate University.

The university offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education.

Wingate University is listed sixth among Best Value colleges and universities in the South based on quality and net cost according to the recently released ranking of the nation's top schools in U.S. News & World Report's 2013 Best Colleges.  Wingate student athletes compete in 20 NCAA Division II sports, and the University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past six years.

Wingate University's main campus is located on a 400-acre (1.6 km2) campus 30-miles east of Charlotte.  A high percentage of students (85%) live on campus all four years.

Quick Facts

  • Wingate University, ranked as the 6th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report
  • Nearly 2,700 students on three campuses
  • Comprehensive, co-educational
  • Bachelor’s degrees – Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Liberal Studies
  • 35 undergraduate majors
  • Most popular programs of study: pre-pharmacy, pre-PA, business management, communication studies, elementary education, nursing, sport management, athletic training
  • 37 minors & numerous pre-professional programs
  • Master’s degrees - Business, Education, Sport Management, Physician Assistant Studies, Accounting
  • Doctorate degrees -  Pharmacy, Education and Physical Therapy
  • Offers international study opportunities
  • Student to faculty ratio: 14:1


South Piedmont Community College

South Piedmont Community College ("SPCC") serves as the primary training center for the workforce of Union County. For further details on SPCC, please link back to information on training here.

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