Marion NC School Guide

Marion is home to many excellent schools that are sure to suit every educational need your family may have. The area offers superb public schools, private schools and colleges. The Marion community is dedicated to providing a challenging, academic environment where all students can learn and grow to become contributing members of society.

Marion Public Schools

McDowell County Schools is located 30 miles east of Asheville in the foothills of ElementaryStudent.jpgWestern North Carolina and consists of 13 schools (one high school, one early college, one alternative education center, two middle/junior high schools, and eight elementary schools) and two pre-school sites.  With about 6,500 students and nearly 1,000 employees, the McDowell County Schools focus on providing the North Carolina Standard Course of Study with their budget of $40 million. Their motto is to educate all children and their mission is to provide quality education in a safe and supportive environment.  McDowell County Schools respects each child’s differences, both individually and culturally, and helps develop their talents through strong teacher and parent communication, and ensures that students develop the life skills necessary for personal successes and civic responsibility.

Marion Private Schools

New Manna Christian School 
Founded in 1995 as a ministry for the young people of New Manna Baptist ChurchElmSchool2.jpg and the citizens of McDowell and surrounding counties, New Manna Christian School serves as a place for students to be educated in an environment that is conducive to their Christian growth.  New Manna Christian School uses the A-Beka Book curriculum and considers themselves a tool for parents in order to fulfill the biblical command to "train up a child in the way he should go..."  Providing the complete school experience, New Manna offers a full sports program for men and women including volleyball, baseball, basketball, and softball as well as other specialized extracurricular activities.  Please visit the New Manna Christian School website for more information

Marion Christian Academy 
This prekindergarten through 12th grade school promotes academic excellence in an environment that maximizes students’ individual full academic potential.  Marion Christian Academy has small class sizes with a ration of about 12 students to 1 teacher in order to help students better focus.  Teachers too benefit from the small class sizes and are able to spend more time working with students to exploit their full aptitude of learning.   

Marion Colleges

McDowell Technical Community College 
(The following information was directly sourced from McDowell Technical Community College’s website.  You can visit their website at:

CollegeStudent3.jpgIt is the mission of McDowell Technical Community College to provide high quality, comprehensive educational opportunities and services which fulfill the personal development, training and employment needs of the residents, businesses and industries in McDowell County and surrounding areas. The college acknowledges and values cultural, gender, racial, and ethnic diversity and seeks to contribute to the maximum development of the individual and community through open door admissions and readily accessible and affordable programs. The college is dedicated to providing quality educational programs and services accessible to students on-campus, off-campus, or through distance learning. These educational programs and services are offered, within the limits of available resources, regardless of disability or previous educational attainments.

Montreat College 
(The following information was directly sourced from Montreat College’s website.  For more information, please visit them at:
Montreat College is a Christian liberal arts college accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer master's, bachelor's, and associate's degrees. The main campus is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains fifteen miles east of Asheville, North Carolina, a region recognized as one of the most attractive living environments in the United States. Satellite campuses in Asheville, Charlotte, and other sites supplement the main campus. The College is committed to Christ-centered teaching and learning, and is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.
Dennis J Whitson
Dennis J Whitson
3800 Sugar Hill Rd Marion NC 28752