Rutherford County Schools School District

382 West Main Street
Forest City, NC 28043-3027
(District boundaries shown in map)
6/
10
Top 50%

Top Rankings

Rutherford County Schools School District ranks among the top 20% of public school district in North Carolina for:

Category
Attribute
Community Size
Largest student body (number of students) (Top 1%)
For the 2024 school year, there are 5 public high schools serving 2,414 students in Rutherford County Schools School District. This district's average high testing ranking is 6/10, which is in the top 50% of public high schools in North Carolina.
Public High Schools in Rutherford County Schools School District have an average math proficiency score of 60% (versus the North Carolina public high school average of 58%), and reading proficiency score of 52% (versus the 58% statewide average).
Public High School in Rutherford County School School District have a Graduation Rate of 87%, which is more than the North Carolina average of 85%.
The school with highest graduation rate is Chase High School, with 90-94% graduation rate. Read more about public school graduation rate statistics in North Carolina or national school graduation rate statistics.
Minority enrollment is 28% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the North Carolina public high school average of 53% (majority Black).

Overview

This School District
This State (NC)
# Schools
18 Schools
738 Schools
# Students
7,572 Students
539,647 Students
# Teachers
555 Teachers
32,877 Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
14:1
14:1

District Rank

Rutherford County Schools School District, which is ranked within the top 50% of all 325 school districts in North Carolina (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2021-2022 school year.
The school district's graduation rate of 87% has increased from 85% over five school years.
This School District
State Average (NC)
#142 out of 325 school districts
(Top 50%)
This chart display the overall district rank of Rutherford County Schools  School District, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
53%
51%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of Rutherford County Schools  School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of NC by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
51%
50%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Rutherford County Schools  School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of NC by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
66%
63%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Science of Rutherford County Schools  School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Science of NC by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
87%
86%
This chart display public school graduation rate of Rutherford County Schools  School District and public school graduation rate of NC by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.

Students by Ethnicity:

0.49
0.68
# American Indian Students
10 Students
5,866 Students
% American Indian Students
n/a
1%
# Asian Students
25 Students
18,660 Students
% Asian Students
n/a
3%
# Hispanic Students
808 Students
100,068 Students
% Hispanic Students
11%
19%
# Black Students
885 Students
133,085 Students
% Black Students
12%
25%
# White Students
5,286 Students
256,757 Students
% White Students
70%
47%
# Hawaiian Students
5 Students
713 Students
% Hawaiian Students
n/a
n/a
# Two or more races Students
553 Students
26,206 Students
% of Two or more races Students
7%
5%

Students by Grade:

# Students in PK Grade:
217
543
# Students in K Grade:
545
5,886
# Students in 1st Grade:
582
5,830
# Students in 2nd Grade:
522
6,059
# Students in 3rd Grade:
546
6,186
# Students in 4th Grade:
527
6,315
# Students in 5th Grade:
556
6,848
# Students in 6th Grade:
518
10,258
# Students in 7th Grade:
551
11,024
# Students in 8th Grade:
602
10,933
# Students in 9th Grade:
779
142,946
# Students in 10th Grade:
551
119,163
# Students in 11th Grade:
580
110,398
# Students in 12th Grade:
496
97,258
# Ungraded Students:
-
-

District Revenue and Spending

The revenue/student of $14,604 is higher than the state median of $11,354. The school district revenue/student has grown by 19% over four school years.
The school district's spending/student of $14,378 is higher than the state median of $11,785. The school district spending/student has grown by 23% over four school years.
This School District
This State (NC)
Total Revenue
$111 MM
$17,307 MM
This chart display total revenue of Rutherford County Schools  School District and median value from total revenues of all school districts in NC by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Spending
$109 MM
$17,964 MM
This chart display total spending of Rutherford County Schools  School District and median value from total spendings of all school districts in NC by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Revenue / Student
$14,604
$11,354
This chart display average revenue per public school student in Rutherford County Schools  School District and average revenue per public school student of all school districts in NC by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Spending / Student
$14,378
$11,785
This chart display average spending per public school student in Rutherford County Schools  School District and average spending per public school student of all school districts in NC by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.

Best Rutherford County Schools School District Public High Schools (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Rutherford Early College High School
(Math: 80-89% | Reading: 80-89%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
286 Icc Loop Road
Spindale, NC 28160
(828) 288-2202
Grades: 9-13
| 192 students
Rank: #22.
East Rutherford High School
(Math: 80-84% | Reading: 55-59%)
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
331 East High Rd
Forest City, NC 28043
(828) 245-6424
Grades: 9-12
| 685 students
Rank: #33.
Chase High School
(Math: 60-64% | Reading: 55-59%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
1603 Chase High Rd
Forest City, NC 28043
(828) 245-5883
Grades: 9-12
| 673 students
Rank: #44.
R-s Central High School
(Math: 55-59% | Reading: 45-49%)
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
641 Hwy 221 North
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
(828) 287-3304
Grades: 9-12
| 769 students
Rank: #55.
Rutherford Opportunity Center
Alternative School
(Math: 11-19% | Reading: 11-19%)
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
140 Old Caroleen Road
Forest City, NC 28043
(828) 248-5294
Grades: 6-12
| 95 students

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • District size: 18 schools
  • Grades: PK-13
  • Enrollment: 7,572 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 14:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 30%
  • : 87% (Top 50% in NC)
  • : Top 50%
  • : 53% (Top 50%)
  • : 51% (Top 50%)
  • : 66% (Top 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NC Dept. of Education

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