K-12 Education

Henderson County Public Schools
The Henderson County Public School system continually ranks among the top ten NC school systems for elementary, middle, and high schools. The system is comprised of 13,500 students among 23 schools located throughout the county (13 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 4 high schools, 1 education center, and 1 early college high school). Average class size in grades K-8 is 21 students. Through investments in high quality teachers, innovative teaching tools, and state of the art academic facilities students in the local schools system are afforded an opportunity to pursue scholastic excellence.

The 2015-16 graduation rate was 90.9%, compared to the state rate of 85.8%. Henderson County consistently outperforms peer school systems, and in 2016 was ranked 4th out of 115 public school districts in North Carolina for its overall proficiency composite of 70.5 percent – meaning that 70.5 percent of K-12 students demonstrated proficiency in their grade-level subjects last school year.

SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) performance during the 2016 school year was an average of 1483 (30 points above the National average), and ACT scores averaged 19.2 (.6 points above the State average). Students in Career & Technical Education courses earned 2,163 CTE credentials – the 13th highest among 115 N.C. public school districts.

Made in Henderson County, is a coordinated effort established to enhance the connection between industry and education was launched. The Partnership works closely with the Career Tech Education department to facilitate this relationship.


Higher Education

Blue Ridge Community College
Henderson County is home to Blue Ridge Community College, a two year comprehensive post-secondary institution. The College offers more than 100 programs of study, a wide range of college transfer courses, and one of the largest continuing education programs in the state.

Wingate University
Hendersonville Campus Since 2010, Wingate University has had a Henderson County location. In collaboration with Blue Ridge Community College, Henderson County, the City of Hendersonville and Pardee Hospital, Wingate offers two programs at the Henderson County Health Sciences Center: School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies.

Western Carolina University
Just an hour north of Henderson County, Western Carolina University offers numerous programs and training. The Center for Rapid Product Realization at Western Carolina University provides Concept to Manufacturing capabilities creating functional prototypes in hours. Western Carolina University offers Graduate level programs in Biltmore Park, just minutes north of Henderson County.

Clemson University ICAR Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) is an advanced-technology research campus where academia, industry and government organizations engage in synergistic collaboration.

Other nearby universities include:
Lenior Rhyne- Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville
Brevard College
Clemson University
Mars Hill College
Montreat College
East Tennessee State University