A Guide to Currituck County Schools

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Nothing helps grow the local economy more than a great school system.

You can have acres of available land and millions of commercial square footage for sale or lease. You can have a high speed rail hub built next door to an international airport, adjacent to three major interstates and across the street from a major port.

Jeff Bezos can build a massive distribution center on top of a huge Apple iPhone factory with fancy underground tunnels designed by Elon Musk.

But without great schools... you're sunk.

Schools are the not-so-secret superpower of thriving local economies. 

Communities anchored by great schools keep growing. Growing communities attract more families who put down roots and eventually become founders, employees, customers and advocates of local businesses.

Kids who attend great schools acquire the education, skills and talents that growing local companies want and need. Those new graduates get jobs, start families and help strengthen the roots of a local community. Schools keep the cycle of progress in motion.

Every great success story starts with education. 

That's why, for economic development, there is no more important partner in the quest to improve quality of life. 

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The Challenge for Currituck County Schools

The challenge facing schools in Currituck County is similar to the challenge facing the county as a whole: How to grow without changing.

How does Superintendent Dr. Matthew Lutz describe Currituck County Schools today?

"We're big enough to be able to provide a pretty robust education," he said, "but we're also small enough to be very personal at the same time."

Maintaining that balance is a challenge that Dr. Lutz has embraced. He brings 25 years of experience in public education, including more than 17 years in administrative roles. He spent time in the classroom as a high school history teacher and worked with student athletes as a basketball coach.  

Experience on the court has served him well, since stepping into the role of superintendent in June 2020, Dr. Lutz hasn't stopped moving.

One of the reasons is that people haven't stopped moving to Currituck County.

Currituck County is one of the fastest growing counties in North Carolina. Over the last 10 years, the population has grown from 24,000 to 28,000. By 2035, estimates put that number as high as 36,000.

More rooftops will mean more families. More families will mean more students. And the promise of more students has set Currituck County on a race to get ready. 

Residential development, especially in Moyock, has boomed in recent years. Currently, there are more than 1,300 proposed residential lots in Moyock, with another 3,000 single-family and multi-family units planned for the Currituck Station project.

RELATED READ: North Carolina Population Growth: More People, Bigger Economy

Dr. Lutz has worked closely with county officials on a long-term plan to expand capacity at local elementary and middle schools, as well as building a new elementary school on Tulls Creek Road in Moyock in the coming years. 


"We have incredible growth opportunities here in the county," Lutz said. "One of our top priorities is to be prepared for the amount of students we have enrolling at the northern end of the county in particular."

Part of the building boom in Moyock has come from its popularity as a bedroom community for people who work over the state line in southeastern Virginia. Residents relocate from Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk and for less density, lower taxes and a more laid-back style of life in Currituck County. 

"There's a reason people move here," he said. "There's a reason we have growth and big part of that is our schools."

Currently, there are over 4,200 students enrolled in the ten elementary, middle and high schools in Currituck County. All schools, with the exception of Knotts Island Elementary, are located on the mainland. There are no schools in Corolla and the Currituck Outer Banks.

As the county grows, Dr. Lutz is committed to helping the schools grow along with it.

"We want to still provide that small town, small community feel with real resources to allow kids to access a very high quality education," he said. "I believe there's a genuine want to be great here. People are excited when they hear us talk about our plans and our vision for the future.'"

RELATED READ: A Quick Guide to Colleges and Universities Near the Outer Banks

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A Guide to Currituck County Schools

If you're looking for more information about Currituck County schools, you can visit the school system's home page

We've also compiled a list of the 10 schools below with basic information, interactive maps and links to official school social media accounts.

Currituck Elementary Schools


Central Elementary School

"Home of the Eagles"

Grades: Pre-K through 5th grade 

Enrollment: 259

Principal: Karrie Chappell

Address: 504 Shortcut Road  Barco, NC 27917

Phone: (252) 453-0010



Griggs Elementary School

"Home of the Mallards"

Grades: K-5th (and also houses one of two Pre-K classrooms for the district)  

Enrollment: 253

Principal: Mike Greco

Address: 261 Poplar Branch Road Poplar Branch, NC 27965

Phone: (252) 453-2700



Jarvisburg Elementary School

"Home of the Jaguars"

Grades: K-5th

Enrollment: 262

Principal: Julianne Iorio 

Address: 110 Jarvisburg Road Jarvisburg, NC 27947

Phone: (252) 491-2050



Knotts Island Elementary School

"Home of the Woodducks"

Grades: Kindergarten through 5th

Enrollment: 84

Principal: Kevin D. Goins M. Ed. L

Address: 413 Woodleigh Road PO BOX 40  Knotts Island, NC 27950

Phone: (252) 722-0770



Moyock Elementary School

"Home of the Panthers"

Grades: K-5th

Enrollment: 614

Principal: Brandi J. Kelly

Address: 255 Shingle Landing Rd. Moyock, NC 27958

Phone: (252)435-6521



Shawboro Elementary School

"Home of the Mustangs"

Grades: K-5th

Enrollment: 614

Principal: Greta Nelson

Address: 370 Shawboro Road Shawboro, NC 27973

Phone: (252) 232-2237


Currituck Middle Schools


Currituck County Middle School

"Home of the Raiders"

Grades: 6th - 8th

Enrollment: 334

Principal: Mr. John Parkman

Address: 4203 Caratoke Highway Barco, NC 27917

Phone: (252) 453-2171




Moyock Middle School

"Home of the Bulldogs"

Grades: 6th-8th

Enrollment: 604

Principal: Dr. Anne Radke

Address: 216 Survey Road Moyock, NC 27958

Phone: (252) 435-2566


Currituck High Schools


Currituck County High School

"Home of the Knights"

Grades: 9th-12th 

Enrollment: 948

Principal: Dr. Justin Durham

Address: 4203 Caratoke Hwy Barco, NC 27917

Phone: (252) 453-0014

FYI: In spring of 2020, CCHS was authorized by the College Board as one of only 1,800 schools worldwide to confer the prestigious Advanced Placement Capstone diploma, recognized by colleges and universities as among the most rigorous in the nation.



J.P. Knapp Early College High School

"Home of the Spartans"

Grades: 9th-12th

Enrollment: 262

Principal: Denise Fallon

Address: 2966 Caratoke Highway Currituck, NC 27929

Phone: (252) 232-3107

FYI: The J.P. Knapp Early College High School is a collaborator with the College of the Albemarle and other community colleges around the state.  The early college provides a rigorous, relevant, responsive environment blended with a unique learning environment. J.P. Knapp E.C.H.S. provides students with an opportunity to earn both a North Carolina high school diploma and transferable college credits.  Students may complete their early college high school experience within four to five years.



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