Rocky Mount provides a variety of options to prepare and enrich minds of all ages for the needs of today and challenges of tomorrow. Students at all levels have access to public and private learning options. Recent investments in distance education make it possible for those seeking higher education to earn degrees at top state institutions without ever leaving town.

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Public Schools (K-12)

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools serves approximately 18,000 students a year on 28 campuses across a 591 square mile area that includes Nash County, the City of Rocky Mount, and parts of Edgecombe County.

The following public schools are located within the City of Rocky Mount (Click on school for profile PDF):

School Name Address  
Benvenue Elementary 2700 Nicodemus Mile Rd, Rocky Mount School Site
Englewood Elementary 101 S Englewood Dr.Rocky Mount School Site
M.B. Hubbard Elementary 7921 Red Oak-Battleboro Road, Battleboro School Site
D. S. Johnson Elementary 600 N. Fairview Rd.Rocky Mount School Site
O. R. Pope Elementary 226 Coleman Ave, Rocky Mount
Williford Elementary 801 Williford St, Rocky Mount School Site
Winstead Avenue Elementary 991 S. Winstead Ave, .Rocky Mount School Site
Fairview Early Childhood Center 720 N Fairview Rd, Rocky Mount School Site
George R. Edwards Middle 720 Edwards St, Rocky Mount School Site
Joseph W. Parker Middle 1500 E Virginia St, Rocky Mount School Site
Nash Central High 4279 Nash Central High Rd, Rocky Mount School Site
Northern Nash High 4230 Green Hill Rd, Rocky Mount School Site
Rocky Mount High 308 S Tillery St, Rocky Mount School Site
NRMPS Early College 530 N Old Carriage Rd, Rocky Mount School Site
Rocky Mount Preparatory School (Charter, K-12) 3334 Bishop Rd, Rocky Mount School Site

Rocky Mount Preparatory School is a public, K-12 charter school designed to prepare students for the rigors and opportunities of a college education through a challenging,demanding, and rewarding curriculum.

Private Schools (K-12)

More than 1,000 children in Rocky Mount attend one of the following eight private schools.

School Name Address Grades Served/Type  
Cornerstone Christian Academy 1481 Beechwood Dr, Rocky Mount K-10/ Religious  
Englewood Baptist Weekday School 1350 S Winstead Ave, Rocky Mount K/Religious  
Faith Christian School 1333 Faith Christian Dr, Rocky Mount K-12/ Religious School Site
Falls Road Baptist Church School 113 Trevathan St, Rocky Mount K-12/ Religious
First Methodist Kindergarten 110 S Church St, Rocky Mount K/Religious
Mt. Zion Christian Academy 100 SW Main St, Rocky Mount K-4/Religious  
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School 315 Hammond St, Rocky Mount Pre-K-8/Religious School Site
Rocky Mount Academy 1313 Avondale Ave, Rocky Mount K-12/ Independent School Site

K-12 Student Performance

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction maintains an online database for public education performance information by individual school and district. The following are links to the most current (2007-2008) school year statistics for public schools in Rocky Mount.


Approximately 1,000 children are home schooled in Nash and Edgecombe Counties. Hundreds of these children share resources and participate in joint activities through the Christian Homeschool Association of Rocky Mount (CHARM).

Community Colleges

North Carolina has 58 public community colleges that serve as valuable local resources, providing students the skills and knowledge they need to achieve success in technical careers and in higher levels of collegiate education. Rocky Mount is served by both Nash Community College and Edgecombe Community College, which have a combined enrollment of more than 20,000 in curriculum and continuing education programs.

Four-Year Colleges & Universities

Rocky Mount is home to North Carolina Wesleyan College, a private four-year liberal arts institution that offers Bachelor Degree study in dozens of subjects. North Carolina Wesleyan is home to approximately 700 full-time at its main campus on US 301 north of Downtown Rocky Mount, with an additional 900 students participating in part-time and evening programs offered in Rocky Mount and surrounding area. Shaw University, a private institution of undergraduate and graduate study based in Raleigh, also operates a remote campus in Rocky Mount as part of its College of Adult and Professional Education (CAPE). This facility is located at 605 Sunset Avenue near Downtown Rocky Mount.

Gateway Technology Center

The Gateway Technology Center (GTC) is an innovative facility designed to facilitate access to higher education for adults in the Rocky Mount area through distance learning opportunities. This 16,000 square foot facility, located on the campus of North Carolina Wesleyan College, contains classroom space, computing access, and other resources that any student needs to achieve success at the college level.

The GTC partners with East Carolina University and North Carolina State University to offer onsite courses in several academic subjects so students can attend and earn degrees while never having to leave the Rocky Mount area for their studies. Contact the GTC for more information.