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    The Education Foundation for Catawba County Schools was formed to provide Catawba County Schools' students with innovative learning opportunities. The Education Foundation will support promising educational practices, working with our teachers and with our community business partners, funding a range of projects from teacher classroom grants to district-wide educational opportunities
     
    Catawba County is nestled between the foothills and the Piedmont of North Carolina.  Catawba County Schools  consists of 28 schools serving over 16,700 students:  16 elementary schools (pre-K-6 0r K-6); five middle schools (grades 7-8), five traditional high schools (grades 9-12), an Early College High School on the campus of Catawba Valley Community College; and a separate public school, Catawba Rosenwald Education Center (CREC), for students served in the Exceptional Children's Program whose Individual Education Program calls for a separate continuum. Catawba Rosenwald serves students in grades K-12, with the COMPASS Academy at Sweetwater Child Development Center housing grades K-6 and the CREC campus serving students in grades 7-12. Additionally, the CREC campus is home to the ESTEEM (Empowering Students Through Education, Employment, and Mentorship) Program, an alternative learning program for students in grades 9-12.

    Five feeder areas comprise the Catawba County Schools System. The Bandys feeder area in southeastern Catawba County consists of: Bandys High School, Mill Creek Middle School, Balls Creek Elementary, Catawba Elementary, and Sherrills Ford Elementary School. The Bunker Hill feeder area in northwestern Catawba County consists of Bunker Hill High School, River Bend Middle School, Claremont Elementary, Lyle Creek Elementary, and Oxford Elementary School. The Foard feeder area in the southwestern end of the county includes Fred T. Foard High School, Jacobs Fork Middle School, Banoak Elementary, Blackburn Elementary, and Mountain View Elementary School. In the southern part of the county, Maiden's feeder area includes Maiden High School, Maiden Middle School, Maiden Elementary, Startown Elementary, and Tuttle Elementary School. In the northwestern vicinity of Catawba County, St. Stephens feeder area includes St. Stephens High School, Arndt Middle School, Clyde Campbell Elementary, Murray Elementary, Snow Creek Elementary, and St. Stephens Elementary School.