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Union County High School (photo courtesy of Chad Lariscy)
 School kids stocking trout
 vate — as well as more direct involvement with the community in the progress of the schools.
Union County Schools currently serve more than 2,900 students in Blairsville and Suches. Each of the area’s five schools has unique qualities that make them a special place for children to learn and grow.
Union County Primary School is recognized as a Title I Reward School, and serves approximately 642 students ranging from Pre-K through 2nd grade.
Union County Elementary School, with approximately 614 students in grades 3-5, regularly places among the top 30 percent of all Georgia schools for overall test scores. Students receive a well-rounded academic program with
a concentration in reading and math. Other programs include art, music, technology and physical education.
Union County Middle School serves approximately 621 students in grades 6-8. Besides academic subjects, the cur- riculum includes art, band, chorus, com- puter technology, career education, physical education, health and agricul- ture. A low student-teacher ratio con- tributes to some of the highest test scores in the state.
Home to more than 850 students, Union County High School earned a bronze medal from the U.S. News & World Report national rankings of best high schools. It also had an 81.8 State Performance Index score, which mea- sures overall student performance on state exams. The school’s innovative
CTAE (Career, Technical and Agriculture Education) Pathways program provides interested students with a personalized course of study within a chosen career focus — from health sciences and educa- tion to forestry and metals technology.
Woody Gap School in Suches is the smallest public school in the state of Georgia, with less than 75 students in grades K-12. The low student-teacher ratio of 5:1 ensures that students receive unparalleled individual attention in a supportive learning environment.
Mountain Education Charter High School is a self-paced, evening high school that serves non-traditional stu- dents seeking a high school diploma.
Mountain Area Christian Academy
in nearby Morganton is a fully accredited private Christian school. Students are offered a progressive, relevant and per- sonally dynamic education experience
focusing on Biblical instruction and aca- demic rigor.
College Times Three
Blairsville-Union County is blessed by proximity to three quality institutions of higher learning. The resources and opportunities they provide add an unmistakable vitality to our mountain community.
Putting people to work in productive careers is at the core of what North Georgia Technical College (NGTC) is all about. For some, that could be preparing for a career in healthcare, cosmetology or criminal justice.
For others, it may mean focusing
on core courses before heading off to a four-year college (NGTC is fully SACS accredited). Students training or re- training for a new career enjoy small classes infused with high-end technology and plenty of hands-on coaching and real-world experience.
Distance Learning — Advanced video-conferencing allows the school to bring in more subject matter experts and deliver coursework to more students.
Health Sciences Building — A $3.1 million expansion added 14,200 square feet of classroom and study space as well as EMS, nursing and medical assisting labs to boost the school’s offerings.
Continuing Education — In addition to credit programs, NGTC offers a vari- ety of continuing education classes — everything from web design to cake decorating and CPR.
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