In Harnett County, families have several diverse educational options to consider for their children's academic journey.

Harnett County Schools (HCS) is the public K-12 school system, with 28 schools serving approximately 21,000 students. HCS has a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program offering education in eight program areas including trade, industrial, and health sciences. HCS partners with Central Carolina Community College to offer Advanced Manufacturing and Health Science Academies.

In addition, Harnett County Schools provides students with enhanced learning opportunities that extend beyond traditional classroom education. Harnett County Schools offer a variety of after-school programs, summer camps, and extracurricular activities, promoting academic achievement and personal growth. Learn more about these offerings here.

Another valuable asset preparing K-12 students for work in Harnett County is the nonprofit organization, the Harnett County Business Education Partnership (HCBEP). Composed of a volunteer board of business leaders, educators, and parents, the HCBEP works closely with Harnett County Schools to help students make informed educational and career decisions. Some HCBEP activities include job shadowing and tours of Central Carolina Community College, community based learning experiences, career awareness fairs, and more.

Harnett County Early College offers high school students the opportunity to earn college credits while completing their high school diploma. These programs typically allow students to graduate with both a diploma and an associate degree or significant college credit, providing a head start on their higher education journey.

Charter Schools in Harnett County provide alternatives to traditional public schools, often with specialized curriculum or instructional approaches. These schools operate independently but are publicly funded and open to all students, typically through a lottery system.

Private Schools provide families with the opportunity for a non-public education, presenting a range of philosophies, religious affiliations, and academic focuses. Typically characterized by smaller class sizes, these institutions offer specialized programs and unique educational approaches that cater to the individual needs of students.

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HCS elementary students engaged in hands-on learning.