North Carolina

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North Carolina is a state in the south-east of the United States. It borders Virginia to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, South Carolina to the south, Georgia to the southwest, and Tennessee to the west.

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The state of North Carolina

The 2010 census records a population of 9.5 million. The state capital is Raleigh, and the largest city is Charlotte. North Carolina is known as Old North State, or Tar Heel State.

Education in North Carolina

Elementary and secondary education

Elementary and secondary public schools are overseen by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction is the secretary of the North Carolina State Board of Education, but the board, rather than the superintendent, holds most of the legal authority for making public education policy. In 2009, the board's chairman also became the "chief executive officer" for the state's school system. North Carolina has 115 public school systems, each of which is overseen by a local school board. A county may have one or more systems within it. The largest school systems in North Carolina are the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Wake County Public School System, Guilford County Schools, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, and Cumberland County Schools. In total there are 2,338 public schools in the state, '

For a list of school districts, see;

Charter schools

There are 93 charter schools.

Colleges and universities

In 1795, North Carolina opened the first public university in the United States — the University of North Carolina (currently named the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). More than 200 years later, the University of North Carolina system encompasses 17 public universities including UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, East Carolina University, Western Carolina University, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, UNC Pembroke, UNC Wilmington and Appalachian State University. The system also supports several well-known historically African-American colleges and universities such as North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University, Winston-Salem State University, Elizabeth City State University, and Fayetteville State University.

Along with its public universities, North Carolina has 58 public community colleges in its community college system.

North Carolina is also home to many well-known private colleges and universities including: Duke University, Wake Forest University, Elon University, Johnson & Wales University, Davidson College, and High Point University.

For a list of colleges and universities, see:

Virtual schools in North Carolina

The North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) offers courses in grades 9-12, with 73,658 course enrollments in 2009-10. For more information, see:


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