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McDowell Early College

Marion, NC

McDowell Early College
54 College Drive
Marion, NC  28752
Phone: 828-659-0411
McDowell County

CarolinaSchoolHub Rating: 9 out of 10 stars

Grades Served: 9-13
Enrollment: 248
Type: Regular School  
McDowell Early College

McDowell Early College

State Ranking

Statewide High School Ranking: McDowell Early College is ranked #69 out of 518 of the best high schools in North Carolina (87th percentile). Click the link to see all 518 high schools.

Overall, McDowell Early College is a 9-star school (on a scale of 1 to 10 stars) based on CarolinaSchoolHub’s analysis. The school is located in McDowell County, NC. McDowell Early College has an enrollment of approximately 248 students and serves grades 9-13. Below you’ll find information about this school’s test scores and more.

(Did Not Meet Growth)
Student Growth Score: McDowell Early College had a Student Growth Score of 64.4. This placed McDowell Early College in the 27th percentile of 2410 North Carolina public schools with student growth data available. NCDPI’s growth score measures how well schools grow student achievement over time. Scores range from 50.0 to 100.0 - with 100.0 indicating the highest growth in student achievement and 50.0 indicating the lowest.  

 North Carolina Letter Grades
  North Carolina Overall Letter Grade

Please note: The state of North Carolina assigns letter grades to public schools, on an A through F scale.

North Carolina Standardized Tests

Average ACT Scores

Subject Average Score at
This School
Average Score
This School's State
Percentile Rating
State Percentile
State Average of
All NC Schools
State Average
English 22.2 80th 17.5
Math 20.7 60th 18.9
Reading 22 67th 19.1
Science 21.1 67th 18.8
Writing 7.2 80th 5.6

Nearly all North Carolina public and charter school students who are enrolled in grade 11 for the first time are required to take the ACT. In the chart above, you can get a sense for how the average ACT scores at McDowell Early College stack up against those of other high schools in North Carolina.

End of Course Scores

EOC Biology

 10% - Level 5 (Superior)
 10% - Level 5 (Superior)
 54% - Level 4 (Solid)
 54% - Level 4 (Solid)
 11% - Level 3
 11% - Level 3
 21% - Level 2
 21% - Level 2
 < 5% - Level 1
 < 5% - Level 1

EOC Math I

 14% - Level 5 (Superior)
 14% - Level 5 (Superior)
 58% - Level 4 (Solid)
 58% - Level 4 (Solid)
 11% - Level 3
 11% - Level 3
 9% - Level 2
 9% - Level 2
 8% - Level 1
 8% - Level 1

Average SAT Scores
Subject Average Score at This School Average Score
Reading 562
Math 540
Composite Score 1102
SAT Participation Rate 39 %

McDowell Early College had an average SAT score of 1102 (math and reading combined). This means the school’s average SAT scores ranked #79 out of 491 NC high schools (84th percentile). On this site, you can see the SAT scores of North Carolina high schools. The SAT participation rate at McDowell Early College was 39% in our most recently available data. Above you can also see how the school’s ACT scores compare to other schools in North Carolina.


Student Enrollment Trend

Diversity Indicators

 American Indian - N/A
 American Indian - N/A
 Asian - N/A
 Asian - N/A
 Black - N/A
 Black - N/A
 Hispanic - 20%
 Hispanic - 20%
 Two or More Races - N/A
 Two or More Races - N/A
 White - 73%
 White - 73%

Please note: The numbers above represent combined percentages of end-of-grade and end-of-course tests taken by students at McDowell Early College for the 2016-2017 school year, as reported by the NCDPI. Actual percentages of students may vary somewhat from those indicated.

School test scores, student data and teacher data are from North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) information for the 2016-2017 school year. Rankings for McDowell Early College and other area schools were developed by CarolinaSchoolHub.

Other Nearby Schools

School Name Stars Distance City
Eastfield Global Magnet School 3 2.5 miles Marion, NC Regular PK-5
East McDowell Junior High School 5 2.9 miles Marion, NC Regular 6-8
Glenwood Elementary School 7 3.1 miles Marion, NC Regular PK-5
Marion Elementary School 5 3.5 miles Marion, NC Regular PK-5
McDowell AEC 3 3.7 miles Marion, NC Regular 6-12
Nebo Elementary School 2 4.5 miles Nebo, NC Regular PK-5
McDowell High School 4 4.9 miles Marion, NC Regular 9-12
West McDowell Junior High School 6 5.3 miles Marion, NC Regular 6-8
West Marion Elementary School 4 6.1 miles Marion, NC Regular PK-5
Pleasant Gardens Elementary School 5 6.6 miles Marion, NC Regular PK-5
North Cove Elementary School 7 10.0 miles Marion, NC Regular PK-5
Glen Alpine Elementary School 7 11.3 miles Morganton, NC Regular PK-5
W A Young Elementary School 6 11.8 miles Morganton, NC Regular PK-5
Old Fort Elementary School 7 12.4 miles Old Fort, NC Regular PK-5
Table Rock Middle School 7 13.0 miles Morganton, NC Regular 6-8
Pinnacle Elementary School 10 13.4 miles Rutherfordton, NC Regular PK-5
Oak Hill Elementary School 5 14.2 miles Morganton, NC Regular PK-5
Salem Elementary School 9 14.8 miles Morganton, NC Regular PK-5
Freedom High School 5 15.0 miles Morganton, NC Regular 9-12
Forest Hill Elementary School 4 15.5 miles Morganton, NC Regular PK-5