Wide Array of Education Options Available to Rocky Mount Residents

Rocky Mount provides a true educational continuum with quality primary, secondary and continued education options for its residents. From the cradle to the office chair, the Rocky Mount area meets the needs of those who call it home.

Public Schools
Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools' commitment to excellence is evident when one considers the fact that 122 of the school system's teachers are National Board Certified. This is the highest credential available to primary and secondary educators. NRMPS is able to shape the minds of approximately 18,000 kindergarten through high school students on 29 campuses while still maintaining the ecological responsibility that won them the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star Partner of the Year award.

Edgecombe County Public Schools offer their 7,800 students the kind of advanced, modern educational opportunities they need to succeed in today's fast-paced world. With the implementation of the 1:1 Laptop initiative, high school students receive personal laptop computers to strengthen their computer literacy and increase the interactivity of their lessons. North Edgecombe High School was selected as a pilot for the North Carolina Virtual Public School program, allowing students more access to online courses. Career academics, advanced placement courses, and Edgecombe Early College High School provide the pre-K through high school students with further benefits.

College prep school Rocky Mount Preparatory School is a nationally accredited independent charter public school. This means the not-for-profit school has no tuition besides the rigorous academic and ethical standards to which its kindergarten through grade 12 students adhere. Programs and tools like Rocky Mount Prep's online homework assignments are instead supported by donations and endowments.

Private Schools
Rocky Mount's private schools also set their bar high. Rocky Mount Academy provides an education that, since 1971, has had a 95 percent success rate in sending the graduates of its pre-K through grade 12 school to college. An 8-1 student-to-teacher ratio assures a personalized experience for students, while the 50 hours of community service they complete during their four years of high school aims to teach them social responsibility.

There also are faith-based educational options in the area, including Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School and Faith Christian School.

Higher Education
For continuing and technical education, Rocky Mount has options ranging from the four year North Carolina Wesleyan College and its affiliated Gateway Technology Center, to the Nash Community College and Edgecombe Community College, all the way to the College of Adult and Professional Education.

Gateway Technology Center is located on the Rocky Mount campus of North Carolina Wesleyan College, as well as the closest possible destination, a home computer. Gateway offers distance learning in association with NCWC and North Carolina State University in a variety of degrees and programs of study. Online courses at Gateway can also be used as credit hours for two years of a bachelor's degree at Nash Community College and Edgecombe Community College. An online MBA program is a recent addition.

Edgecombe Community College is a two-year institute that provides 25 degrees as well as diplomas, certificate programs and study areas in such fields as human resource training, nursing assistance, emergency medical services and business training. The main campus is in Tarboro, N.C. with several buildings in Rocky Mount. Besides its distance learning endeavors, ECC offers a youth training program for 14 to 21-year-olds that provides job training and work experience for young people emerging onto the job market.

If you're looking for workforce development or a diverse field of study from accounting to electric lineman training, Nash Community College fits the bill. NCC often works directly with local and emerging businesses to create a technically skilled body of future employees. This is the crux of NCC's Focused Industrial Training program. The two-year college offers 68 degrees, diploma and certificate studies through its business technology, health science, social science, human services and computer information technology departments.