Moore County Public Schools
5277 Hwy. 15-501 South
P.O. Box 1180, Carthage, NC 28327 (910) 947-2976

The Moore County Public School System includes 22 schools educating more than 12,300 students in grades K–12. There are 14 elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools and one vocational school. The county offers a comprehensive curriculum that includes workforce development, special needs and gifted student programs as well as other enrichment programs.

Transitioning and Military Students

New residents moving into Moore County or changing districts need to enroll their child at the appropriate school. Parents/guardians should be prepared to provide the following documentation:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Record
  • Proof of Residence
  • Student’s Last Report Card
  • High School Transcript (if applicable)
  • Proof of legal custody or guardianship

Military Families relocating to the area looking for information on transitioning their children can find additional resources at militarychild.org.


A variety of athletic programs are provided at the middle and high schools. To learn more about individual programs, contact the school’s website. For eligibility requirements, visit the North Carolina High School Association website at nchsaa.org.

Extracurricular Activities

In addition to athletics, Moore County schools offer a variety of clubs and extracurricular activities to keep your kids active, including Math Counts; Future Business Leaders of America; Beta Club; ROTC; the Technology Student Association; Debate, Drama, Art; Battle of the Books; Young Authors; Science Olympiad and so much more. Refer to the individual school websites for a complete list of their programs.


Bus transportation is provided for students residing within the school district. For parents who are unsure of their school district, bus stops or eligibility, contact the Moore County School’s Transportation Department at (910) 947-5481. Families living outside the school district are responsible for providing transportation for their children.


Craving a ham and cheese sandwich? Fish sticks? Parents are encouraged to join their children for lunch throughout the school year. The school lunch calendar is sent home monthly by each school and can also be found on the Moore County School website under the “Parent Resource” section. For information on payment plans and reduced-price meals, contact the individual school.

Traditional Year Program

Twenty-one schools within Moore County operate on a traditional school calendar year, which means that students begin classes in late August and wrap-up the school year during the first part of June. Students do not attend during parent/teacher conferences, teacher in-service days and national holidays. Longer breaks are allotted for Thanksgiving, winter and spring vacations.

Year-Round Program

There are three schools within the County that offer an alternative schedule. Southern Pines Primary and Southern Pines Elementary offer both traditional nine-month and year-round schedules while West Pine Elementary in Pinehurst also offers  a year-round program. The year-round schedule begins mid-July and ends during the first part of June. The school year is divided into nine-week quarters with a three-week break between each quarter and a five-week break for summer. Students attend the same number of days as their counterparts and have the same basic instructional program. The year-round schedule is coordinated with the traditional schedule so that the kids share holidays and the school year ends at the same time, which allows for parents to enroll their kids in summer school if they wish.