The vision statement for Craven County Schools is clear: “Craven County Schools will be the highest performing system of public education in North Carolina.” This system covers the almost 700 square miles that make up Craven County. It consists of 24 schools - 15 elementary schools, five middle schools and four high schools. The Craven County School system has also forged partnerships with both local businesses and institutes of higher education to ensure their students have opportunities that reach well beyond the traditional classroom.
Craven County Partners in Education is a partnership of schools and businesses that has approximately 350 members. The Partners make possible and support innovative programs in the schools that might not otherwise be available. Craven County Schools also maintains a strong partnership with East Carolina University & Craven Community College. The progressive Craven Early College High School convenes on the campus of Craven Community College. It is a five-year program that enables students, beginning in the 9th grade, to obtain both a high school diploma and an associates degree upon graduation.
The Craven County School system’s collaborative approach has paid off as a number of Craven County schools have been deemed NC Schools of Distinction, which awards growth and performance. Havelock High School was named a bronze medal high school in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of America’s Best High Schools 2009.
School systems in the surrounding counties of Jones, Pamlico and Carteret share the same dedication to make Eastern North Carolina’s schools some of the best in the state.
- Jones County Schools is made up of four elementary schools, Jones Middle School and Jones Senior High School. Jones Senior High also received a bronze medal ranking from U.S. News & World Report.
- Pamlico County Schools is located on the Neuse River and Pamlico Sound. There are two elementary schools, Pamlico County Middle School and Pamlico County High School. Arapahoe Charter School also serves children in K-8th grades.
- Carteret County Schools covers the 85-mile coastline from Cedar Point to Cedar Island. It is made up of 17 schools, including ten elementary schools, four middle schools and three high schools. They have two NC Schools of Distinction and one NC School of Excellence. Croatan High School received silver medal designation from U.S. News & World Report.
Higher education is also thriving in Eastern North Carolina at the University level and in our community colleges. Undergraduate and advanced degree programs are available at East Carolina – an easy drive from New Bern. Craven Community College, Carteret Community College, Lenoir Community College and Beaufort Community College all offer various associate degrees and certificate programs.