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The Rowan-Salisbury School System is ranked in the “Top 10” nationally for pioneering uses of classroom technology. Each student has a personal iPad or laptop. Your Rowan’s Educational blog shines light on some of the unique stories, innovative programs and people that are creating a better future for our home, Our Rowan.   

The 35 public schools in this system serve more than 21,000 students with a 15:1 student/faculty radio. Salisbury High, the only N.C. school to receive a Silver Medal for 2 consecutive years from U.S. News & World Reports, is also recognized by Newsweek as one of the top schools in America.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is part of curriculum from pre-K through grade 12. The system operates 12 Career Academies to prepare students for multiple manufacturing careers and post-secondary programs. RSSS’s Early College program provides challenging experiences for students identified as high ability who are not yet reaching their potential, are first-generation college, have financial need, are traditionally underserved in higher education or would benefit from an accelerate academic program.


The Kannapolis City Schools surrounds one of the world’s premiere centers of scientific discovery: The North Carolina Research Campus. The Kannapolis public system is one of only 4 school systems in the state named to the College Board’s Advanced Placement Honor Roll. This system offers Global Studies, Dual Language Immersion, A+ Arts, innovative online learning, culinary arts, engineering, and performing arts.


Four private schools are located in Our Rowan – Sacred Heart Catholic School, Salisbury Academy, North Hills Christian School and Rockwell Christian School.


Our school systems are supported by several organizations, Including Rowan Partners for Education, Rowan County Crosby Scholars Program, and Communities in Schools.

Rowan Partners for Education provides support and funding for programs that go above and beyond the normal curriculum in the Rowan-Salisbury School System.

The Rowan County Crosby Scholars Program gives students in public middle and high schools in Rowan County the opportunity to attend college by helping them navigate college admissions and financial aid. This college access program is designed to prepare students academically, personally, and financially for college enrollment and other post-secondary opportunities ideal to a student’s needs.”

Communities in Schools is the Nation’s #1 Drop Out Prevention Program. Since 1998, Communities in Schools of Rowan County has provided support through in-school mentoring and tutoring, supportive guidance to families, referrals to community agencies, and assistance with school uniform and supplies.


Our Rowan is also proud to be home to 5 institutions of higher learning, together serving more than 20,000 students:

  • Catawba College is a 167-year-old liberal arts school affiliated with the United Church of Christ with a 96% employment /post higher education rate for graduates. Catawba’s Center for the Environment is nationally recognized. Catawba is engaged in a MIND BODY SOUL Campaign for Growth.
  • Livingstone College is a 139-year-old private, historically black institution affiliated with the AME Zion Church, with a student to faculty ratio of 17:1.
  • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, with 5 campuses and more than 25,000 students annually, wins awards for its digital innovation, industry training partnerships and custom-made programs for local industries. Nearly 1,200 Rowan-Cabarrus students are actually traditional high school students at local schools earning college credit tuition free and many students come to Rowan-Cabarrus for the first two years of their bachelor’s degree.
  • Hood Theological Seminary is a graduate and professional school that provides theological preparation for effective ministry in a diverse society. Hood is engaged in a campaign for a new Chapel, a Center for Chaplaincy, and a United Methodist Studies Center.
  • The North Carolina Research Campus is a public-private venture created by visionary David H. Murdock, owner of Dole Food Co., Inc. The campus is home to 8 leading research universities and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, each with a specific research focus and one commitment – improving human health.


America’s Rock U

Catawba College is one of the 24 schools in the United States that has a Popular Music major. Many students have graduated and have become very successful in the music industry because of this program. Check out some alumni and current students who praise the Artist Development Program at Catawba College.

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Family Over Everything

Family Over Everything is a big concept in Rowan County. There is a deep love for family in the African American communities of Salisbury. Due to this love, several programs have successfully been created by volunteers and many others to help better the children of our community!

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CIAA Education Day: Endless Opportunities for Students

CIAA Education Day is a day during the CIAA basketball tournament where representatives from several institutions of higher learning provide students opportunities to gain scholarships and see what a college education would be like. Take a look at our successful students in Rowan County!

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Long Lived Hero Makes an Impact to Students in Rowan County

Civil Rights Activist and Vocalist, Dr. Douglas, graced South Rowan High School with his presence and wise words. He shared important moments in history and educated students and faculty about his journey with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. along with many others. These students have been blessed with a once in a lifetime opportunity!

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College & Career Promise at RCCC

There are several opportunities to enhance your education in Rowan County! One of those ways is through the College & Career Promise at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. Take advantage of this program and get a head start on your college education and overall future.

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The Power of The Career Coach

Not many teenagers know what they want to do when they grow up. Thankfully, there are mentors, such as Career Coaches, that are here to help and guide them on their path to success.

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10 Best Things to Happen in Rowan in 2019

2019 was a spectacular year, especially for Rowan County! Whether it be the million dollar investments into our community or the largest incoming freshman class for the number eight private college in North Carolina, Rowan County has made several memories for the books. Take a look at the top 10 accomplishments and some honorable mentions in Rowan County for 2019!

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