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9th Grade Open House, Thursday, August 25 3PM-7PM; 9th Grade Chromebook Orientation, Thursday, August 25 3PM-7PM or Saturday, August 27 8AM-12PM; School Begins Monday, August 29


Our Mission

 The mission of McDowell High School is to prepare all students for college and careers by providing world class opportunities through rigorous learning, experiences, and technology. As a community we will inspire students to achieve a successful future through goal setting, responsibility, organization, tolerance, and interpersonal communication.

Our Vision:

 Every student graduates with a plan for a successful future

 Our Motto:

 Pathway to World Class Opportunities and Excellence

Our Core Values:

  • Students are the reason we are here, and they possess the ability to learn.
  • Students have access to a quality education with caring adults who support, challenge and prepare them to be problem solvers and serve their community.
  • Quality relationships are key to student success and learning.
  • Students set goals for their future beyond graduation from high school.
  • Students are engaged in learning that is collaborative, relevant and rigorous; utilizing technology to learn skills needed for the future.
  • Students are offered opportunities to obtain certifications so they will be equipped with credentials that will give them an advantage and empower them in the job market.
  • Education is a shared community responsibility.

News & Announcements

Important Drivers Education Info

If your birth date is before 2/28/ 2017, you are welcome to come take the Driver Education Proficiency Test on 09/01/2016. If you pass this exam you will be exempt from the classroom portion of the driver education course. The exam is 200 questions and students must make a 80 to receive credit. The exam will begin promptly at 3:30 and end at 6:30 in the cafeteria . Any student late will not be allowed to start the exam. This exam will be offered again in the spring of 2017 for students with birth dates after February 2017. Students may start studying by going to NC DMV ( Please keep checking back for more details.

Parking Pass Application

Click link above to access the Parking Pass Application. You will need to print and bring completed application plus $40 parking fee on your scheduled grade-level day. MHS accepts cash, check, major credit/debit cards (subject to a 3% banking fee).

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Events Photo
9th Grade Chromebook Parent Orientation/ Distribution
Date: 8/27/2016, 8 AM 12 PM
First Day of School (2016-2017)
Date: 8/29/2016
MSoccer @ Watauga
Date: 8/29/2016
Chromebook Distribution 10th grade-12th grade
Date: 8/29/2016, 8:30 AM 3 PM
WTennis (Home) with Erwin
Date: 8/30/2016
Chromebook Distribution 10th grade-12th grade
Date: 8/30/2016, 8:30 AM 3 PM
MSoccer (Home) with Mtn Heritage
Date: 8/31/2016
Chromebook Distribution 10th grade-12th grade
Date: 8/31/2016, 8:30 AM 3 PM


First Day of School for the 2016-2017 School Year