Every community has unique features that bring great pride and the Outer Banks is no different. Living here, it doesn’t take long to realize there are many notable attributes within our diverse communities, but for parents there is one defining aspect that brings great pride and that is our extraordinary schools and teachers.
The majority of the Outer Banks is a part of Dare County, and the school system has been rated amongst the top North Carolina schools for several years. As a matter of fact, recent national polls placed both First Flight High School and Manteo High School in the top 10% of schools across the nation. Just up the road, Currituck County schools aren’t far behind.
The focus typically is on the high schools, which makes sense because it’s the last step before real life and the time when grades are evaluated for college. But obviously, if there wasn’t a good educational platform in elementary schools, it would be challenging for our high school students to consistently shine.
Currituck County has an excellent charter school, Waters Edge Village School, in Corolla.
The school was created to serve elementary age kids living in the Corolla community. The building it occupies was at one time the Corolla School that closed in 1957. Afterwards, Corolla children were sent to Kitty Hawk Elementary, the closest Dare County School, but when KHE reached its maximum population and was unable to accept children from Corolla, they were faced with a 1-1/2 hour bus ride to the nearest Currituck County School.
With extraordinary community support, the Corolla school reopened in 2012. The students benefit from a low student to teacher ratio, and they have participated in diverse educational opportunities, including a turtle release in Nags Head and field trips to the renowned Whalehead Club.
Raving about WEV School should not detract from how well the Dare County Elementary schools are doing. These schools test better than the state average and results in high school students being extremely well prepared for college.
High schools are not just excelling in academics; our local schools are also doing a great job in extra curricular activities. The First Flight High School varsity soccer team was ranked number one in the state for most of the 2013-2014 academic year–losing its only game in the state finals.
The theatre departments in both Manteo and First Flight high schools are not afraid to take on some challenging projects. Manteo just finished a two week run of Oklahoma to rave reviews and the FFHS production of Legally Blonde, the Musical was wonderful!
This is not to say that these schools are faced with challenges similar to other communities but on balance, with all taken into consideration, there is much reason for us all to be proud of the Dare and Currituck County school systems and our teachers.