Surry County Schools continued to outpace the rest of state in academic achievement according to the 2016-17 Performance and Growth of North Carolina Public Schools report presented to State Board of Education members. In addition to the traditional end-of-grade and end-of-course proficiencies parents have come to expect, the state also released ACT, ACT WorkKeys, cohort graduation rates, the percentage of graduates passing rigorous math courses, academic growth target measures, and school performance grades. Surry County Schools ranked 13th of 115 school systems in the state in Overall Academic Performance with 67.2 percent of all tests in all subjects at Achievement Level 3 or higher, up two places and 1.1 percent from last year.
At Tuesday night’s Surry County Schools Board of Education meeting the Board recognized five students who attended Governor’s School. The Governor's School of North Carolina is a five-week summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades.
Three Surry Early College students will test their science projects against a world of challengers.