District Summary Ratings

This district has a mixed record. Look below to see what percentage of schools in this district are rated above average, average or below average in school quality.

Top 5 Schools in This District
These are some of the top-rated public schools in Mcdowell County School District based on a variety of measures, including academic performance and equity. Find out more about GreatSchools ratings.
College Success Award
These are some of the best public high schools in Mcdowell county school district at preparing students for success in college. The College Success Award recognizes schools that do an exemplary job getting students to enroll in and stick with college, including those that excel at serving students from low-income families.
District Student Progress

Students at many of the schools in this district are making about the same academic progress as the state average.

Academic Summary
Is this district offering opportunity for all its students, or leaving some kids behind? Successful districts are working to close the achievement gap.

Advanced Courses
Rigorous courses can help students prepare for and get into college, including coursework in STEM subjects. Find out more.
Parent Tip
Many successful high school students end up in remedial math courses in college. Is your student prepared for college-level math? Ask this district how they ensure students are well-prepared.

Student Demographics
Schools that create a positive culture help all students thrive. See how.

Teachers & Staff
Parents often value small class sizes, but the truth is more complicated.

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District Finances
How a school district allocates funds can reflect its priorities. Learn more about how these decisions are made.
Parent Tip
District decisions about how to spend money impact your child’s schooling. Here’s how parents can have an influence.

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Reviews From Schools in Mcdowell County School District
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Current student
March 17, 2019
I am in 7th grade at West McDowell Middle School and I would not want to go anywhere other than here. All the staff are very nice and know the answers to almost every single question. A special shout... More
Parent / Guardian
December 20, 2018
In the past three years, this school has improved tremendously. It shouldn't get a bad rap. The teachers truly care about the students, the graduation rate has gone up and it has so much student... More
Current student
December 09, 2018
This school is more worried and concerned about THEIR image on paper than they are the students, what they are learning, their passions, and being their best.