Avery County Schools

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Avery County Schools
Avery County, North Carolina
United States
District information
Type Public
Grades PK–12
Superintendent David Burleson
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Schools 8
Budget $ 24,845,000
District ID 3700300[1]
Students and staff
Students 2,239
Teachers 165.50 (on FTE basis)
Staff 20000.9544555884341 (on FTE basis)
Student-teacher ratio 13.53:1
Other information
Website www.averyschools.net

Avery County Schools is a PK12 graded school district serving Avery County, North Carolina. Its eight schools serve 2,239 students as of the 2010–2011 school year.


Prior to the creation of Avery County in 1911, education was handled by Caldwell, Mitchell, and Watauga counties, from which Avery was formed.

The school district has grown to become the second largest employer in Avery County.[2]

Student demographics[edit]

For the 2010–2011 school year, Avery County Schools had a total population of 2,239 students and 165.50 teachers on a (FTE) basis. This produced a student-teacher ratio of 13.53:1.[1] That same year, out of the student total, the gender ratio was 50% male to 50% female. The demographic group makeup was: White, 91%; Hispanic, 8%; Black, 0%; American Indian, 0%; and Asian/Pacific Islander, 0% (two or more races: 1%).[3] For the same school year, 62.08% of the students received free and reduced-cost lunches.[4]


The primary governing body of Avery County Schools follows a council–manager government format with a five-member Board of Education appointing a Superintendent to run the day-to-day operations of the system. The school system currently resides in the North Carolina State Board of Education's Seventh District.[5]

Board of Education[edit]

The five members of the Board of Education meet on the first Tuesday of each month. The current members of the board are: John Greene (Chair), Kathey Aldridge (Vice-Chair), Steve Smith, Bob Clark, and Keith Tutterow.[6]


The current superintendent is David Burleson. He was hired in 2011 to replace Keith Eades who accepted a job with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Burleson was previously an assistant superintendent with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.[7]

Member schools[edit]

Avery County Schools has eight schools ranging from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade. Those eight schools are separated into one high school, two middle schools, and five elementary schools.[8]

High schools[edit]

Middle schools[edit]

  • Avery Middle School (Newland)
  • Cranberry Middle School (Cranberry)

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Banner Elk Elementary School (Banner Elk)
  • Crossnore Elementary School (Crossnore)
  • Freedom Trail Elementary School (Elk Park)
  • Newland Elementary School (Newland)
  • Riverside Elementary School (Newland)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Avery County Schools". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Avery County 2011 3rd Quarter" (PDF). North Carolina Employment Security Commission. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Percentage of Students in Each Demographic Group". North Carolina’s School Report Cards. NC Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ "2010–2011" (XLS). Free & Reduced Meals Application Data. NC Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Education Districts". NC State Board of Education. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Board Members". Avery County Schools. Retrieved December 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ Shell, Jamie (June 10, 2011). "Avery County Schools taps Burleson as new superintendent". The Avery Journal. Archived from the original on January 17, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2012. 
  8. ^ "School Directory". Avery County Schools. Retrieved December 8, 2012. 

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