Our children are our future. That’s why we place such a high value on the quality of the education we can provide them. We’re proud of the schools in our area and boast three colleges graduating approximately 1,000 students annually. With the first school in North Carolina, opening in 1705, in our area, we consider Elizabeth City the birthplace of education. That makes 300 years of educational opportunities right here.

Education also makes a substantial impact on the local economy. Annually, Elizabeth City State University generates over $100 million in spending.

We continue that tradition by placing an emphasis on educational spending. Our region is among the top five in North Carolina in educational spending per child.

Public schools

Elizabeth City-Pasquotank School Administration Office

The Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County School System serves nearly 6,000 students on 12 campuses (seven elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools, and one community school). Five public schools have been named Schools of Distinction and one is an Honor School of Excellence in the state’s ABCs accountability program. In recent years, there has been a 10-point increase in average SAT scores

Private schools

Albemarle School

Albemarle School serves students pre-K through Grade 12. Academic highlights of the educational program include a comprehensive critical thinking program, a class size of 20, a phonetic approach to reading, service learning, on-line technology, and long-distance learning by satellite with strong college preparatory focus.


Glad Tidings

Glad Tidings is a Christian-based nondenominational school offering pre-school starting with age 2 and classes for students in grades K-12. A-BEKA curriculum.


Higher Education

College of The Abemarle

College of The Albemarle is a public two-year community college that serves educational needs as diverse as the residents and businesses in the college’s seven-county service area. North Carolina’s first community college, it offers comprehensive quality college transfer, technical, and vocational programs.


Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City State University, a constituent university of the University of North Carolina system, offers baccalaureate degrees in 31 fields including pre-pharmacy, mathematics, computer science, business, education, music, criminal justice, social work, and the arts and sciences as well as several masters degree programs offered in biology, elementary education and mathematics. In 2006, US News & World Report ranked Elizabeth City State University as #4 among Top Public Comprehensive Colleges in the South.

Mid-Atlantic Christian University

Mid-Atlantic Christian University is a four-year co-educational Christian college. Its mission is to prepare men and women for career and volunteer Christian service. Both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees as well as two-year degrees and one-year certificates are available.