Home to some of the country's finest universities, the Triangle has a long-standing tradition of academic excellence. Chatham County upholds this tradition with innovative schools, staff and programs that nurtures and develops the potential of students Kindergarten through 12th grade.
Nationally acclaimed. The mission of Chatham County Schools is to graduate globally competitive, well-rounded students by providing a rigorous and relevant curriculum in an effective, safe and nurturing learning environment. The district holds claim to many “Best Teacher of the Year” awards. Both Woods Charter School, ranked one of the top in the nation, and the Gold LEED-certified Margaret B. Pollard Middle School are located in the Briar Chapel community, offering students a stimulating challenge close to home.
Well-rounded and vibrant. Nearby Northwood High School beats out its competitors with the highest average SAT score and an Advanced Placement rate of 67 percent. The arts are embraced and taught at the Chatham County schools, with Northwood High School having started the first dance program in the state of North Carolina. Passionate about students succeeding, the principal describes the school as tight-knit and rural in atmosphere, with students receiving individualized attention.
Equipped and innovative. Briar Chapel recognizes the integral role of high-quality, multi-faceted education in the development and growth of the community. In 2014, Briar Chapel bolstered Chatham County schools with a fleet of new audio learning kits donated to Perry Harrison Elementary and Woods Charter School. Called “The Walking Classroom,” these digital kits provided more than 80 standards-aligned podcasts designed to pair auditory learning with the physical exercise of walking. Briar Chapel also launched its own podcast project, featuring resident students who created an audio podcast tour of the community.
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