The Triangle & Triad is full of enriching educational opportunities for children with all types of needs. It is an exciting place for those who highly value education to call home because of excellent public school systems, abundant private school selection, and proximity of major universities.
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Alamance-Burlington School System
The Alamance-Burlington School System (ABSS) is a comprehensive school district serving Alamance County, including the municipalities of Burlington, Graham, Elon, Haw River, Green Level, and Mebane. The system was formed in 1996 with the merger of the former Burlington City and Alamance County school systems, and currently serves approximately 22,500 students in 35 schools. Alamance-Burlington and its board of education are committed to providing the highest quality of education in a safe and secure learning environment for all students while maintaining fiscal responsibility and accountability to the citizens of Alamance County.
Orange County Public Schools
The Orange County School System is comprised of 6 elementary schools, 4 middle schools and 3 high schools. The Orange County School System believes that excellent communities and excellent schools go hand in hand. The quality of our school district is a major contributor to the lifestyle we all enjoy here in Orange County. Studies show that communities with high- achieving schools have higher property values, lower crime rates, better overall health, stronger values, and a better quality of life.Chapel Hill Carrboro Schools
The Chapel Hill Carrboro public school system has over 10 campuses. Although Chapel Hill and Carrboro are separate towns run by different governments, they share one superb school system. Residential districts for elementary and junior high tudents determine the school of enrollment. All high school students attend one of two highly-rated high schools. Attendance zones are revised when necessary to maintain enrollment balance. The district includes some of the area surrounding the city limits. Students outside the district attend schools in Orange, Durham or Chatham counties. Guilford County SchoolsGCS is the third largest school district in North Carolina serving more than 71,000 students. The second largest employer in a 12-county area, GCSʼ more than 10,000 full- and part-time employees enthusiastically share the districtʼs mission, which is; GCS will graduate responsible citizens prepared to succeed in higher education or the career of their choice.
Durham Public Schools
The Durham Public School District serves all of Durham County as well as the City of Durham. The Durham public school system has ove 43 campuses. It is the sixth-largest sytem in the state and next to Wake County, the fastest-growing system in North Carolina. All schools are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES
Elon University is a dynamic private comprehensive university known for excellent arts and sciences along with outstanding professional programs. Elon is located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, east of Greensboro and northwest of Raleigh/Durham. Founded by the Christian Church (now the United Church of Christ) in 1889, Elon is situated on a beautiful and historic 575-acre campus. Elon's 4,992 undergraduate and 636 graduate students come from 43 states, the District of Columbia and 51 other nations. About 28 percent are from North Carolina, with 10 percent from Maryland, 8 percent from Virginia and many students from New England, Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina is ranked in the top 10 of all colleges and universities. It's the hub of a 16 campus consolidated university and is the most comprehensive university in the state. Established in 1795, UNC is the first state supported institution in the nation. Carolina enrolls over 24,000 students in 14 colleges and schools. More than 70 departments and related centers provide instruction in over 100 fields. Curriculum offerings lead to 22 different undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. UNC hospitals serve as the teaching facility for the UNC Medical School. Carolina's School of dentistry is one of the nation's best. The Law, Business and Medical graduate schools rank in the nation's top 20.
Duke University is ranked sixth in the nation among colleges and universities. It is a private college and maintains a highly selective admissions policy. About 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students attend eight major schools and colleges on two campuses. More than 86 percent of the undergraduate students come from outside North Carolina. Graduate programs are offered in the arts, sciences and engineering. Professional schools offer degrees in business, medicine, divinity, forestry, law and nursing. The Duke Medical Center serves as a teaching hospital for Duke Medical School.
North Carolina State University
North Carolina State University is among the top universities for research in theoretical and applied sciences. With 27,000 students, primarily for North Carolina, State is the largest of the educational institutions in the consolidated University of North Carolina system. The academic programs are organized into ten schools, with the largest enrollment in the engineering program. Programs are offered in 90 undergraduate fields, 75 masters and 48 doctoral degrees. Eight professional degrees are also noted. State's School of Textiles is not only the largest in the country that is considered to be the best by those in the industry. State's curriculum also includes forestry, humanities, social sciences, physical and mathematical sciences, veterinary medicine and education.
University of North Carolina Greensboro
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a public, coeducational, doctoral-granting, residential university chartered in 1891. It is one of the three original institutions of The University of North Carolina System. Approximately 17,157 students (31 percent male, 69 percent female) from 49 states and more than 70 countries including 13,156 traditional undergraduates. The fall 2007 freshman class is the largest ever at 2,445. Minority enrollment is about 26%.
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