In the Piedmont Triad, communities know that the quality of education is one of the most important assets for a region to have. Focusing on developing the future workforce of the region, communities work together to improve K-12 schools. The State of North Carolina is also focused on this goal. Piedmont Triad schools:
- Have an average student:teacher ratio of 13:1 in elementary schools, 14:1 for middle grades and 15:1 in high schools.
- On average, have a 95% attendance rate.
- Boast that 99% of classrooms are connected to the internet; even in the more rural areas.
- Nine schools are on Newsweek magazine’s list of America's Best High Schools in 2012.
- Offer various International Baccalaureate programs (Diploma, Middle Years and Early Years) at eight schools.
- 10,002 students took the SAT in 2012 and scored an average total score of 1439
Piedmont Triad school districts offer a variety of school choices to meet the educational requirements of all children. These choices stimulate educational interests, foster achievement and provide for cultural and ethnic diversity. These alternatives can meet the needs of both academically advanced and at risk students.
Magnet Schools provide alternatives for students of all ages to attend a different school than the one they are assigned to. This choice could be based on a specific academic need or style (IB programs, Montessori) or a specific academic interest (Spanish immersion, Math and Science, Arts). Students are selected by a lottery system; however the school system makes every effort to place students where they want to learn.
Middle Colleges are one of many alternatives for students who are disengaged or disconnected in traditional high schools. The goal is to bring students up to grade level and offer college courses as an option while they are still in high school. The program is designed to provide students with a smaller learning community that enables each student to reach his or her full potential. Students have the potential to graduate with a high school diploma, college transferable credits and/or a two-year associate’s degree.
Early Colleges provide students who excel an opportunity to take college courses during their senior year. Through partnerships with local institutions of higher education, students will graduate with a high school diploma and a two-year college degree or two years of college credit. Early Academies offer specific courses of study for students interested in pursuing Education, Engineering and Health Sciences.
The Guilford County Newcomers School is designed to accelerate literacy skills for students in grades five through twelve who have recently arrived in the United States and are considered novices on the North Carolina language test. English as a second language (ESL) programs in other area school districts also help students learn in an English language environment.
Private school is also an option in the region. Numerous day schools offer an alternative to public school. Several prestigious boarding schools are also located here; Oak Ridge Military Academy, Salem Academy and The American Hebrew Academy.