Guilford County Schools (GCS) is the third largest district in the state serving more than 72,500 students across 126 schools in urban, suburban and rural areas. Tucked away in central North Carolina, GCS is diverse both in its student body and in its academics. The district serves students who speak 117 languages/dialects and who represent 95 countries. There are more than 10,000 special education students and more than 13,000 advanced learners.

The district is a national leader in magnet/school choice programs, offering 53 magnet programs satisfying a varied range of ages, skill levels and interests. In addition, the district provides non-traditional educational settings including a Twilight School, which serves students who are at risk of dropping out, High School Ahead Academy, a school serving over-aged middle school students, and eight early/middle colleges, schools located at area colleges and universities that offer tailored programs and opportunities for students to earn college credit.

The district also boasts:

  • Four special education schools: Meredith Leigh Haynes-Bennie Lee Inman Education Center, Gateway Education Center, Christine Joyner Greene Education Center and Herbin-Metz Education Center.  
  • Two SCALE sites, which provide an alternative to students on long-term suspensions
  • The Doris Henderson Newcomers School, a school serving recently arrived immigrant students in grades 3-12
  • Three Montessori schools
  • Four International Baccalaureate (IB) programs
  • An award-winning tech prep and performing/visual arts programs at Weaver Academy