Your Connections



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.


Adapting to Learning From Home

Parents and teachers have been forced more than ever to work together to meet the needs of their children. As Washington State Superintendent Judith Billings said, “Children are the priority. Change is the reality. Collaboration is the strategy.”

read more

Get to Know the Candidates for the Rowan County Board of Education

It is important that we are represented by leaders who are passionate about the students, families, teachers, and support staff they serve. The Rowan Salisbury School Board of Education has continued to thrive in this area and because we have a voice as citizens of this wonderful place to live, we have the opportunity to decide who represents us.

read more

Keep On Moving

An area of our lives that has been most affected during this unprecedented time is our education system. No one could imagine that education would have to pivot so swiftly for many to continue to have the wonderful opportunity of learning. Rowan Salisbury School System had a decision to make while considering students, teachers, families, and how to continue moving forward in education.

read more

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.

read more

#YourRowan   #itsaROCOthing

© 2019 Your Rowan