Cabarrus County Schools

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Cabarrus County Schools
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4401 Old Airport Road, Concord, North Carolina 28025
District information
Motto"The Clear Choice."
SuperintendentDr. Christopher Lowder
Budget$300 million
Students and staff
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Cabarrus County Schools (sometimes abbreviated CCS) is a local education agency headquartered in Concord, North Carolina. The system presides over the vast majority of Cabarrus County, North Carolina, the exception being an area of Kannapolis in the northern part of the county that operates its own district. Over 32,000 students are enrolled in Cabarrus County Schools, and the school system employs over 2200 teachers. The current superintendent is Dr. Chris Lowder. The previous superintendent, Dr. Barry Shepherd, retired April 1, 2015.


Traditional K-12 schools[edit]

The following lists the high schools of the system, including their feeder elementary and middle schools. Some exceptions to the following diagram exist, but this depiction is typically accurate. (Note: high schools are grades 9–12; middle schools 6–8; and elementary schools K-5)

President George W. Bush giving a speech at Concord Middle School in 2001.
  • Concord High School, 1895 (Spiders)
    • Concord Middle School
    • Harold Winkler Middle School (2011) "(split)"
      • Beverly Hills Elementary School
      • Coltrane-Webb STEM Elementary School
      • R. Brown McAllister Elementary School
      • Royal Oaks Elementary School
      • W.M. Irvin Elementary School
  • Mount Pleasant High School, 1928 (Tigers)
    • Mount Pleasant Middle School
      • Mount Pleasant Elementary School
  • Central Cabarrus High School, 1966 (Vikings)
    • C.C. Griffin Middle School
    • J.N. Fries Middle School
      • A.T. Allen Elementary School
      • Bethel Elementary School
      • Rocky River Elementary School
      • Wolf Meadow Elementary School
  • Northwest Cabarrus High School, 1966 (Trojans)
    • Northwest Cabarrus Middle School
      • Charles E. Boger Elementary School (2007)
      • Weddington Hills Elementary School (split)
      • Winecoff Elementary School
      • W.R. Odell Elementary School
  • Jay M. Robinson High School, 2001 (Bulldogs)
    • Harold Winkler Middle School (2011) "(split)"
      • Furr Elementary School (2007)
      • Pitts School Road Elementary School
      • Wolf Meadow Elementary School
      • Weddington Hills Elementary School (split)
  • Hickory Ridge High School, 2007 (Raging Bulls)
    • C.C. Griffin Middle School
    • Hickory Ridge Middle School (2010)
      • Pitts School Road Elementary School (split)
      • Rocky River Elementary School
      • Patriots Elementary School
      • Harrisburg Elementary School
  • Cox Mill High School, 2009 (Chargers)
    • Harris Road Middle School(split)
      • Cox Mill Elementary School (2002)
      • W.R. Odell Elementary School (first established in 1929)

Non-traditional schools[edit]

  • CCS Opportunity School – Glenn Center (alternative school)
  • Mary Frances Wall Center
  • Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College High School
  • Cabarrus Early College of Technology High School
  • Performance Learning Center
  • Lockhart Early Learning Center


As the population of Cabarrus County has exploded over the past fifteen years, so too has the size of the school system. In 2001 the county opened Jay M. Robinson High School, the first new high school in Cabarrus County in 35 years. However, new schools at all three levels tend to become quickly overcrowded (Robinson High School, built for 1,500 students, opened in the fall of 2005 with nearly 1,800 students enrolled). Therefore, new schools are being constantly planned and added, with eight new schools having been constructed since 1996 (plus four new buildings for outdated existing schools). The 2016–17 school year saw an opening of another new elementary school, the Odell 3–5 building (Odell Elementary School), which was constructed on the old Odell site. The Odell already in place will become the K-2 building and will be called Odell Primary School. Two new schools are scheduled to open in the 2020-21 school year, West Cabarrus High School as well as Hickory Ridge Elementary School.

Soccer partnership[edit]

Since 2005 FC Carolina Alliance Youth Soccer Club has served as the administrator for Cabarrus County Schools Middle School Soccer League. FCCA provides the venue, schedule, uniforms, coaches, referees, and end-of-season awards for a successful middle school soccer program. The program is open to all middle school boys and girls. Each school may enter a maximum of 2 teams in the boy’s league, and 2 teams in the girl’s league. (If a school is only able to form a co-ed team then that team will play in the boys division.) The program is run in a league format with an end-of-season play off tournament. Each team plays between 8–12 games, depending on their play-off results. The partnership with FCCA was terminated in 2014.

FCCA also works with Cabarrus County School's "Kid's Plus" after-school program, providing free soccer clinics to Cabarrus County elementary schools.

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