August 26, 2010
Schools in Dare County (Outer Banks) started back yesterday. It was during a conversation at Knuckle-Up that, for the first time, I couldn’t join in on, as my youngest son graduated from First Flight High last June and started school at College of the Albemarle, the community college here on Monday. I’ve had boys in Dare County schools since 1986 and, well, that’s 24 years! Where did the time go? What happened to my youth?
College of the Albemarle is a great school with great vision. And, even better, they are not looking to me for lunch money or permission slips, nor do they need me to volunteer or make cupcakes. No after school care or athletics to arrange, no guidance counselors to meet. No controversies to attend to, like the time when the youngest was in second grade, riding home on the bus, exhausted. Some little punk sat behind him kicking the seat, bump, bump, bumping my youngest in the back of his aching head. He did ask once to stop, which only encouraged the little devil behind him to kick even more. My youngest finally had had enough, and turned around and told the beast that he was going to get his BB gun and shoot him dead if he didn’t stop. Well, the little beast did stop and as soon as he got off the bus, told his mother about it, who called the school’s principal, who called me in for a meeting.
In spite of similar shenanigans (after all I am the mother of three boys), I’m happy to report that my experience with Dare County Schools has been very positive. With dedicated teachers and staff, parents who are involved, a variety of programs, the welfare of the children is most important. Dare County Schools earned high recognition in state testing, and Dare’s on-time graduation rate is best in state (second year in a row). For more news and information, check out their website at www.darecountyschoolsonline.com.
Educate Every Child
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September 3, 2009
My son Sam is a senior at First Flight High School, just started back this week. He is the last of the Whitley Boys to complete their education in the Dare County school system. He will be in the graduating class of 2010. Dare County School System is one of the best in the state, here’s a few reasons why:
Recent news from the school’s website: http://www.darecountyschoolsonline.com/moxie/schools/index.shtml
- Dare Students Shine as Second Best in State on SAT
- Dare Schools Meet 98% of Federal Testing Targets
- FFHS ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicles)Team takes First in Design in International Competition, Buzzard Bay, Massachusetts
- FFHS Journalism Program Earns Tar Heel Award and more.
There have been memorable events over the years with the Whitley Boys in school, but one that stands out in my mind occurred a couple of years ago.
I packed lunch for Sam when he was 14, a young 9th grader, first year of high school. Off he goes to school. At lunch in the cafeteria, he reaches into his lunch bag, pulls out his sandwich and a Budweiser! Blame it on lack of coffee or something, I guess I thought it was a soda. Good kid that he is, he turned it right in to the teacher on duty.
August 11, 2009
As reported in Newsweek Magazine website recently, all three of Dare County’s public high schools in the top 1,500 of America’s most elite high schools.
The three schools are First Flight in Kill Devil Hills, Manteo High School and Cape Hatteras High School. Public schools are ranked according to the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate (IB) and/or Cambridge tests with certain criteria.
In addition, First Flight High School’s Journalism Program Earns Tar Heel Award and yearbook staffs brought home 31 awards from the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association Summer Institute at the University of Chapel Hill (June 13-15), including one of only five Tar Heel Awards given to newspapers. The Tar Heel is the top award given for excellence in scholastic journalism.
If you’re considering relocating to an area with an excellent public school system, Dare County needs to be on your list. For more information visit http://www.dare.k12.nc.us/.