Greene County Schools (GCS) is a low wealth, small, rural school system in Eastern North Carolina, serving 3,315 students in six schools, one Pre-K/Family Literacy Center, and one alternative education center/program. The system’s student population is 27.2% Hispanic, 37.7% Black, 30.2% White, and 1.4% Multiracial. Greene County Schools’ free and reduced lunch rate is approximately 75%.
STEM Education and Leadership
Twelve schools in North Carolina have been honored by The North Carolina State Board of Education for their exemplary leadership and instruction in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. These schools were the first set of schools to be recognized as STEM Schools of Distinction, under the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s (NCDPI) STEM Recognition Program. The STEM Recognition Program and application process was developed in partnership with representatives from NCDPI, North Carolina schools, business and industry, postsecondary institutions, and STEM-related experts leading a review team, as a way to identify and recognize STEM schools and STEM programs; which has been established as one of the country’s most rigorous programs to commemorate educational excellence.
Schools being recognized were either meeting the Model Level of Achievement or the Prepared Level of Achievement. Greene Central is one of the first set of schools to be recognized as STEM Schools of Distinction, under the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s (NCDPI) STEM Recognition Program.
Greene County Middle School will begin its implementation of STEM in math and science during the 2015/2016 school year.
Greene County Intermediate, West Greene, and Snow Hill Primary will continue the use of LASER i3 STC Kits to incorporate inquiry-based learning.