On September 7, 2017, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released results from the North Carolina Public Schools Accountability Model. Whiteville City Schools demonstrated a 6.6% gain in overall grade level proficiency during the 2016-2017 school year. “In my review of all public school districts across North Carolina, I believe this is one of the largest gains in the state.” stated Kenny Garland, Superintendent of Whiteville City Schools.

The report, released annually by the North Carolina State Board of Education noted a gain statewide of .9% in grade level proficiency from 58.3% in 2015-2016 to 59.2% in 2016, 2017. Whiteville City Schools showed a gain of 6.6% from 55.3% to 61.9% during the same time span.

Garland stated, “The progress shown in these results clearly demonstrates the hard work and commitment from each student, parent, and employee in Whiteville City Schools. “ Also noted was an increase of 3.4% in College and Career Readiness to 49.4%. This achievement exceeded the overall State of North Carolina average of 49.2%.

Results were released from Edgewood Elementary School, Central Middle School, Whiteville High School and North Whiteville Academy. Whiteville Primary School, with a Kindergarten through Grade 2 configuration was not part of the report. “The foundation provided at Whiteville Primary School was an integral part of the success attained across the district in all schools.” Garland noted.

The district Graduation Rate, a key indicator in college and career readiness exceeded the state average with a significant gain of 3.5% to 88.6%. The North Carolina state average was 86.5%. Whiteville High School posted a graduation rate of 91.7%.

Edgewood Elementary School exceeded expected growth and received a letter grade of B in the North Carolina Accountability Model. Also noted was the growth score of 5.75, which placed the school among the top 10% of all schools in North Carolina in terms of growth.

Central Middle School also exceeded expected growth and demonstrated a 12.2% increase to 66.9% in Grade Level Proficiency.

As a district, Whiteville City Schools ranked in the top 25 of all 115 public school districts in reading and math at grade levels 3-8. In grades 3-8 math, WCS was 21st in the state with a composite score of 61.4 %. The State of North Average was 55.4%. In grades 3-8 reading, the district was reported to achieve an overall score of 62.5%, which exceeded the state average by 5% (57.5%).


At Whiteville High School, reports indicate the school’s grade level proficiency was above the state average in English II and Biology. In English II, the high school attained a score of 63.4% while the State of North Carolina average was at 60.7%. In Biology, Whiteville High School posted a proficiency score of 60.7%, which exceeded the state average of 56.1%.

Also released yesterday were statewide results on the ACT exam, a key indicator of the potential success in 4-year colleges and universities. Whiteville High School’s graduating class of 2017 posted an overall composite average score of 18.4. This was up from 17.8 in 2016. During the 11th grade year, all juniors across the State of North Carolina participate in the ACT. “While all students do not attend a 4 year college or university after high school, a score of this level from all students clearly demonstrates Whiteville City Schools efforts in providing a high quality education to prepare students for the next level.”

Later this year, the North Carolina Public Schools Report Card will be available for all stakeholders to review results from the 2016-2017 school year.


Read To Achieve Results  - 2016/2017


USDA At Risk Afterschool Meal Program
For Immediate Release
February 1, 2017
Contact: Jamesie Gentry 910-642-4116

Whiteville, NC — Whiteville City Schools District announces the sponsorship of U.S. Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) At Risk Afterschool Meal Program (supper). 

The following locations will be participating during the 2016-2017 school year: 

Columbus County DREAM Center

St. Mark AME Zion Church

Whiteville High School

Central Middle School 

Edgewood Elementary School 

Whiteville Primary School

Contact: Jamesie Gentry for meal times for the above locations. (910) 642-4116.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. http://www.fns.usda.gov/usda- nondiscrimination-statement


SCC Success Scholarship Information

  • Endorsed by the SCC Board of Trustees in July 2016
  • Funded by the SCC Foundation Board in September 2016
  • Qualifications
    • A student must be a North Carolina resident who recently graduated from a high school in Columbus County.
    • Students must complete FAFSA and apply for all other SCC scholarships before receiving the SCC Success Scholarship.
    • Participants must successfully complete two Career & College Promise courses to be eligible for the program.
    • Students must have 2.8 unweighted GPA in high school.
    • Students must be continuously enrolled in the fall and spring semesters and have a maximum of two years to use the guarantee.
    • Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA at the end of their first spring semester in the program to be eligible for the second year in the program and must not have any disciplinary actions taken against them.
    • Students must agree to participate in surveys about their experience at SCC.
    • The guarantee covers tuition and fees, not books or supplies.
  • Scholarship recipients' progress towards completion will be tracked.
  • All recipients will be surveyed to identify the impact of the scholarship on their decision to attend SCC and to identify any barriers to success.