Caldwell County: Award-Winning Educators

In Caldwell County, our teachers and educational leaders are dedicated to teaching your children in a safe and welcoming environment. In 2023:

Comprehensive Education Choices

CCC-TI Early College BuildingThe Caldwell County School System is a nationally accredited public school district enrolling nearly 11,000 students in grades PreK-13. Our high school choices include three comprehensive, two innovative on the campus of Caldwell Community College and an alternative school. Our school system provides superior Career and Technical Training (CTE), as well as Early College options.

Charter and private schools are also options, including Oak Hill Charter, Christ Classical Academy, Alexander Christian Academy, New Dimensions Charter, Heritage Christian School, Hickory Christian Academy and Hickory Day School, among others.

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (CCC&TI) is a regional asset serving over 9,200 students annually by offering 40 degrees, 16 diplomas and 32 certificates. Employers can work with CCC&TI to develop the workforce training they need.

Appalachian State University is just under 40 minutes from Lenoir, the county seat of Caldwell County. Even closer to home is the new initiative — App State Hickory Campus — in the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metro Area to expand public higher education access and outreach in the area. In the next 20 years, the Hickory Campus is projected to outpace the size and population of App State’s main Boone campus.


Caldwell County School System


Gamewell (Grades PreK-5) Photo

Gamewell (Grades PreK-5)

Baton (Grades PreK-5) Photo

Baton (Grades PreK-5)

Davenport A+ (Grades PreK-5) Photo

Davenport A+ (Grades PreK-5)

Granite Falls (Grades PreK-5) Photo

Granite Falls (Grades PreK-5)

Lower Creek (Grades PreK-5) Photo

Lower Creek (Grades PreK-5)

Hudson (Grades PreK-5) Photo

Hudson (Grades PreK-5)

Dudley Shoals (Grades PreK-5) Photo

Dudley Shoals (Grades PreK-5)

Sawmills (Grades PreK-5) Photo

Sawmills (Grades PreK-5)

Valmead (Grades PreK-2) Photo

Valmead (Grades PreK-2)

Whitnel (Grades PreK-5) Photo

Whitnel (Grades PreK-5)



Collettsville (Grades PreK-8) Photo

Collettsville (Grades PreK-8)

Happy Valley (Grades PreK-8) Photo

Happy Valley (Grades PreK-8)

Kings Creek (Grades PreK-8) Photo

Kings Creek (Grades PreK-8)



Gamewell (Grades 6-8) Photo

Gamewell (Grades 6-8)

Granite Falls (Grades 6-8) Photo

Granite Falls (Grades 6-8)

Hudson (Grades 6-8) Photo

Hudson (Grades 6-8)

William Lenoir (Grade 6-8) Photo

William Lenoir (Grade 6-8)



Caldwell Online Academy Photo

Caldwell Online Academy



Caldwell Applied Sciences Academy Photo

Caldwell Applied Sciences Academy

Caldwell Early College Photo

Caldwell Early College

Hibriten Photo


South Caldwell Photo

South Caldwell

West Caldwell Photo

West Caldwell



Horizons Elementary Photo

Horizons Elementary

Gateway School Photo

Gateway School


Local Higher Education

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute Photo

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute

Appalachian State University (Hickory Campus) Photo

Appalachian State University (Hickory Campus)

Lenoir-Rhyne University (Hickory Campus) Photo

Lenoir-Rhyne University (Hickory Campus)