McDowell County Schools operates several elementary, middle and high schools that offer educational opportunities to approximately 6,500 students. Its schools conduct before- and after-school care programs. The district s schools academic curricula include history, art and science. McDowell County Schools has a staff of more than 1,000 employees, including a secretary, coordinator, case manager, superintendent and teachers. Its schools are accredited by the Southern Association Colleges and Schools. The district s schools organize the English as s Second Language program for parents. Through its schools, McDowell County Schools offer nursing programs that provide support to over 350 students suffering from chronic health problems. It is located in Marion, N.C.