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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.


Let’s Start with Hello

In recent months there has been a lot of conversation about law enforcement and public safety. As we move forward as a society and try to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the general public there are steps that can be taken to establish positive relationships from the very beginning.

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How to Help Your Children Cope During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us all in more ways than one. No matter how hard we as adults may think this is, we must remember that our children and teenagers are feeling it, too. Learn how to help children (and teenagers) cope with the changes they are already experiencing and will continue to experience due to COVID-19.

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Kindness and Open-mindedness is What We Need

During these difficult times, teaching students kindness and open-mindedness can create a ripple effect that we desperately need. If you’re looking for inspiration on how to spread kindness and teach open-mindedness, keep reading to see examples of how kindness is already being spread throughout Rowan County.

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More than a Degree

The higher institutions of learning that we have in Salisbury provide educational opportunities for those who don’t want to go out of town for their education, while also bringing in outsiders who eventually make Salisbury their forever home. To learn about all of the wonderful options for higher education in Salisbury keeping reading!

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An Extraordinary Education

East Rowan High School is giving their students a chance to improve their educational needs. Through making Civics and English IV online classes, several students have been able to take advantage of this opportunity and enhance their studies.

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