Halifax County citizens place great emphasis on education. Throughout Halifax County, you'll find a wide range of high-quality educational opportunities. Students starting in pre-school can progress through high school, vocational and technical training, certificate programs, or secure a four-year college degree without having to leave the area. Excellent libraries and active parental involvement are just two of the reasons why many of our schools and students excel.
The three public school districts in Halifax County are:
- Roanoke Rapids Graded School District
- Halifax County Schools
- Weldon City Schools
Each of these school systems is accredited by the State. In addition to a solid instructional foundation based on courses of study required by the State, many unique programs are offered, including foreign languages, advanced placement courses, cultural arts programs, vocational education, and special student programs such as Roanoke Valley Early College, which allows seventh and eight graders to take college courses.
There are also three private schools, Halifax Academy, Cornerstone Christian School, and Hobgood Academy.
Also serving the Roanoke Valley is the KIPP-Gaston College Preparatory School. KIPP, based on the Knowledge is Power Program, is a network of free open-enrollment college preparatory public schools throughout the United States. At KIPP, there are no shortcuts: outstanding educators, more time in school, a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement help students make significant academic gains and continue to excel in high school and college. Growing from a single group of 80 students in 2001, KIPP Gaston now has over 600 students in grades 5-12 and is one of the highest performing public schools in North Carolina. KIPP-Halifax College Preparatory School is an open enrollment college preparatory public school dedicated to preparing students for success in college and life. The new KIPP-Halifax campus is home to KIPP Halifax College Prep Middle School with Grades 5-8 and new primary school, KIPP Halifax College Prep Primary opening with a class of Kindergarten students.
North Carolina's community college system is recognized nationally for its customized workforce training programs and offers a wide variety of occupational certification and continuing education programs. Halifax Community College serves the Roanoke Valley and offers technical and vocational education programs, college transfer, and associate degrees in many areas of study. Halifax Community College is an important partner in support of business recruitment and expansion efforts by providing customized training programs to meet the needs of business and industry in the area.
Within a forty-minute drive are Chowan University and North Carolina Weslyan College. North Carolina State University (NCSU), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), North Carolina A&T State University (NCA&T), Duke University, and East Carolina University are all located within a 90-minute drive.