Dare County Schools
Our 11 schools serve more than 5200 students living in three very distinct areas within the county—the beach area, Manteo and Cape Hatteras. We are historically a high performing district, recently being recognized as the sixth best school district in the state. Together we are building extraordinary schools.
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About Dare County Schools
Dare County Schools is located in Northeastern North Carolina and includes many small communities along approximately 110 miles of shoreline known as the Outer Banks. The area is a popular resort and vacation attraction and during the summer season over 300,000 weekly tourists visit. Dare County is home to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Monument, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Jockey's Ridge State Park, Elizabeth II State Historic Site, Roanoke Island Festival Park, North Carolina Aquarium and the Nags Head Woods Nature Preserve.
Our 11 schools serve more than 5200 students living in three very distinct areas within the county—the beach area, Manteo and Cape Hatteras. We are historically a high performing district, recently being recognized as the sixth best school district in the state. Together we are building extraordinary schools. Our mission is to empower every student to be an innovative problem solver and engaged global citizen. We believe that every child matters. We provide safe and joyful schools to achieve collective greatness. In Dare County, we know that Innovation ignites excellence so we strive for healthy schools, active Learning, talent Development and beneficial community partnerships.
Beginning teachers in Dare participate in ongoing support sessions provided by the district. Beginning teachers also receive coaching support at their school from skilled, veteran instructional coaches as well as their assigned mentor. Our district offers a strong mentoring program with one-on-one mentors provided for all initially licensed teachers for the first three years of teaching.
The Dare County Board of Education recognizes that our ability to provide students with the best possible education is dependent upon the quality of our teaching staff. We believe in the power of extraordinary people and support talent development so our staff members discover their professional greatness. We believe in leveraging high-impact teaching strategies to inspire learning, global thinking, creativity and problem solving.
Because we value our teachers so highly, we work hard to provide positive working conditions, benefits and incentives. Among these are:
- Affordable housing opportunities through a partnership with Dare Education Foundation
- State-of-the-art technology equipment and ongoing training
- Modern educational facilities, with well-resourced classrooms
- Class sizes below the state average
- Professional development opportunities that include support through NBCT Leads, Emerging Leaders Cohort training and conference-style workday trainings (twice per year) that is designed for and presented by DCS teachers
- Tuition reimbursement through Dare Education Foundation
- Strong administrative, parent and community support of teachers and schools
- Monetary awards for Teacher of the Year from the district, Dare Education Foundation and OBX community supporters.
Dare County Schools provides a competitive local salary supplement (up to $5,000 per year) based on experience and degrees earned. Salary is based on the NC Public Schools’ Salary Schedule with a comprehensive benefits package, which includes health/hospitalization and life insurance. Teachers have the opportunity to earn 12% annual stipend by obtaining National Board Certification.
In Dare County Schools, every child matters. We believe every student is uniquely capable and deserves to be challenged and engaged in relevant, rigorous and personalized learning every day. We believe that every student deserves to learn and grow in a safe, caring, respectful, inclusive and supportive school environment. Our goal is to provide all students with equitable access to an unparalleled educational experience that is grounded in high expectations, collaboration and self-efficacy. To prepare our students for an ever-changing world, our staff embraces active learning and designs experiences that enhances thinking, problem solving and opportunities to be leaders.
Dare County Schools is the only district in the state to offer Spanish Dual Language Immersion as an option at all elementary schools. Middle and high school students have the opportunity to take advanced courses that can put them on track to earn an associate’s degree from the community college while completing high school graduation requirements. Internships are offered at the high school level, which provide students the opportunity to explore career options firsthand.