In Craven County
For those moving to a new location, it’s important to know what educational options are available. This chapter outlines the public schools system in Craven County along with information about local libraries and higher education. There are private schools, charter schools and home schooling available to children in the county as well.
To be enrolled in a North Carolina school, a child must be at least 5 years old by Aug. 31 of the school year. Those wishing to register their child in school should take the following to the school office: proof of residence; the child’s birth certificate, immunization records, NC Health Assessment and previous school records; and a withdrawal form from the child’s previous school (if applicable). Check with the school for additional requirements. Required immunizations for a child enrolling in kindergarten are as follows: five doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis; four doses of polio; three to four doses of haemophilus influenzae type B; two doses of measles, mumps and rubella; three doses of hepatitis B; and two doses of varicella. For more details on North Carolina’s minimum vaccine requirements for students in grades K-12, visit the North Carolina Health and Human Services Immunization Branch website at www.immunize.nc.gov.
In 2010, North Carolina, along with many other states, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Department of Defense Education Activity, adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. At present, national Common Core State Standards exist only for English language arts and mathematics, though North Carolina has state standards across the full curriculum. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org.
Charter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students and have open enrollment. For more information or a listing of charter schools in North Carolina, visit the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s website at www.ncpublicschools.org/charterschools.
For an introduction to home schooling in North Carolina, visit the North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education website at www.ncadmin.nc.gov/citizens/home-school-information. Here you will find information on home-school requirements, standardized testing, resources and more.
North Carolinians for Home Education
4441 Six Forks Road, Suite 106, Box 144
Raleigh, NC 27609 844-624-3338
North Carolinians for Home Education is a private, volunteer organization serving home-schoolers in North Carolina. NCHE provides resources for home schooling families including curriculum resources, testing information and an athletic commission. For information on local home-school groups in Craven County, visit NCHE’s website.
To search for local private schools in North Carolina, visit the National Center for Education Statistics website and use the private school search tool at www.nces.ed.gov/surveys/pss/privateschoolsearch. Users may search by location, religious affiliation, school type and more.
Choosing a School
Choosing the right school is important so be sure to research each one before deciding. Contact the school by phone or by visiting its website, which is a valuable source for school district statistics and curriculum. Talk to people in the area, especially friends and colleagues who already live there.
If the school shows promise, schedule a visit and take a list of written questions about student-teacher ratios, computer availability, extracurricular activities, sports programs, music programs, gifted programs and grading standards.
Discuss the potential school with your children: what they like and what they didn’t like. Your family’s ability to readily adapt to a move and to find happiness in your new home may depend, in part, on how happy your children are in their new school.
Craven County Schools
3600 Trent Road
New Bern, NC 28562..................252-514-6300
The Craven County Schools district has 15 elementary schools, five middle schools and five high schools, as well as pre-K programs and evening high school education programs. The district covers about 695 square miles with a population of more than 100,000 residents.
Craven County offers plenty of opportunity for continuing education. Several colleges have on-base education programs. Use the following contact information to start your search for the school that is right for you.
MCAS Cherry Point
Building 4335, Room 114 252-466-2491
Craven Community College
800 College Court
New Bern, NC 28562 252-638-7200
305 Cunningham Blvd.
Havelock, NC 28532 252-444-6005
MCAS Cherry Point
Building 4335, Room 122 252-466-2655
South Illinois University
MCAS Cherry Point
Building 4335, Room 114 252-466-2779
University of Mount Olive at New Bern
2912 Trent Road
New Bern, NC 28562 252-633-4464/800-868-8479
Public libraries in Craven County offer learning, recreation, distance education, internet connections and other resources for users — all free. In addition, school libraries that support the curriculum and offer internet access and other resources are in most public and private schools, and academic and special libraries are found in colleges and universities. The State Library of North Carolina, www.statelibrary.ncdcr.gov, supports libraries in the state with resources, Interlibrary Loan and other assistance.
For a full list of libraries in North Carolina, visit the State Library of North Carolina website. Residents of Craven County are served by the Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Regional Library system, which consists of 10 member libraries in eastern North Carolina. Get information about services, hours and events by visiting the branches’ websites. The following public library branches are located near MCAS Cherry Point.
Havelock Public Library
301 Cunningham Blvd.
Havelock, NC 28532 252-447-7509
New Bern-Craven County Public Library
400 Johnson St.
New Bern, NC 28560 252-638-7800