- 55 Public Schools enrolling over 32,000 in 30 elementary, 2 intermediate, 11 middle, 10 high, 1 special needs, and 1 alternate school. About 88% subsequently enroll in some form of higher education.
- Highlands School of Technology is one of only six high schools in the state to receive the Honor School of Excellence status. Highland is one of only 30 schools in the nation selected as a national high school model. The student body is selected through a lottery system.
- Gaston County also has both independent and religious private schools.
Gaston County’s educational offerings include:
Gaston College and Belmont Abbey College Offer Diverse Programs
Gaston College enrolls over 5,000 students each term in curriculum programs and averages over 16,000 students annually in its Continuing Education programs. Part of the North Carolina Community College System, Gaston College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Students choose from a variety of associate degrees, diploma, and certificate programs in liberal arts, trade and industrial, engineering technology, allied health, and business and public service. The College also operates an innovative BioEd Center.For more detailed information, visit NC Community Colleges BioNetwork.
Belmont Abbey College, founded by the Roman Catholic Church in 1876, is a co-educational liberal arts college offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The Abbey was ranked as one of the best colleges in the Southeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. The Abbey was likewise ranked first in North Carolina – and second in the Southeast – for class size by the U.S. News & World Report.