Hoke County Schools

Resilient and ready

Becoming College, Career, and Life Ready

We want to assure our students, staff, parents, and community that safety is our number one priority each and every day that we open the doors of our schools and offices. Our commitment to providing a safe learning and working environment is always at the forefront of our minds and in every decision we make. In order to make our schools and offices safe places to learn and work, our safety measures include:

  • We work closely with our local law enforcement to develop safety plans for each school and building we operate.

  • For the remainder of the school year, there will be an increased presence of uniformed and plain-clothed law enforcement officers on campus conducting additional safety checks.

  • On Wednesday, May 25, Sheriff Roderick Virgil personally visited each Hoke County Schools campus to conduct a safety check.

  • In conjunction with our local Fire Department, Police Department, and Sheriff’s Department, we conduct announced and unannounced fire and lockdown drills at each of our schools.

  • We work with emergency management to continuously review our emergency preparedness plans and we ensure that our school administrators are prepared for any possible event that could take place on our campuses.

  • Local law enforcement has conducted safety training at various campuses in our school district which has helped them become even more familiar with the layout of each campus.

  • We have School Resource Officers assigned to all of our schools. At a moment’s notice, our law enforcement and emergency services personnel are ready to respond quickly to any situation on our campuses. It is our goal that, without hesitation, every child and every staff know what to do in an emergency situation.

  • Our school administration and staff are visible on campus throughout the day.

  • We have camera systems on each of our school campuses to monitor and record at all times.

We know that even with all the camera systems, drills, and exercises we conduct, the most valuable security system that we have on our campuses each day remains the many thousands of eyes and ears of our students and staff. We can’t stress enough how strongly we encourage anyone and everyone to say something to someone – a teacher, a counselor, an administrator, or law enforcement personnel – if they hear or see anything suspicious or ever have any concerns.

Finally, we are keenly aware that there are students and their families that face situations and have burdens that many of us can only imagine. We also know that one of the biggest challenges we face as a nation is mental health awareness. With the continued support of our Board of Education, our district has faced these issues head-on by placing certified counselors, psychologists, social workers, and mental health workers in our schools. We remain committed to meeting the educational, social, and emotional needs of all of our students.

Let us continue to do everything we can, with all that we can, to ensure that our schools and community remain safe.

Nearly $400 Million Awarded in Needs-Based School Construction GrantS

Hoke County Schools to receive $30 million

More than two dozen school districts across North Carolina will share nearly $400 million in new state lottery-funded grant awards for school construction, renovation projects, and other capital improvements. Hoke County Schools is the recipient of $30 million dollars during this grant cycle. This grant will help in funding the Hoke County High School construction and expansion project.

Among the projects to be funded by the grants, aimed at districts in economically distressed counties, are 14 new or replacement school buildings, including four high schools, a Career and Technical Education Center, and a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade school.

The grants, awarded under the Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund, represent the largest annual allocation under the program, created by the General Assembly in 2017 from state lottery revenues. The grants are in addition to the state’s lottery-supported Public School Building Capital Fund, from which all districts receive an allocation each year.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt said the needs-based grants are a key support for districts where local tax resources fall short of needs for modernizing or replacing aging school facilities.

“Just as all students in North Carolina need an excellent teacher in every classroom,” she said, “students and teachers need high quality schools in good repair that help support learning. These needs-based grants are an important boost for many districts and communities – and most importantly, their students.”

In all, districts in 28 counties are benefiting from this year’s round of needs-based grants, with 42 individual projects that include new schools, improvements such as roof replacements, renovations, and new classroom additions. Thirteen of the 28 districts had previously been awarded needs-based grants, but construction of the funded projects had not been started.

Dr. Debra Dowless, Hoke County Schools Superintendent shared, "On behalf of the Board of Education, students, staff, and families of Hoke County Schools, I extend our deepest gratitude for selecting us for this grant. In partnership with our Board of Commissioners, we plan to use the funding to update and expand Hoke County High School to provide our students and staff a quality learning environment for years to come.”

Click here to read more about the grant and the other projects funded throughout the state.


The Hoke County Schools is seeking the services of a Construction Manager at Risk for the construction of a new Hoke County High School in Raeford, North Carolina. The school system has issued a Request for Qualifications. The deadline for the receipt of responses to the RFQ is 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in the office of Scott Maness, Hoke County Schools, 310 Wooley Street, Raeford, NC 28376. All RFQ responses must be received by the deadline in order to be considered. For a copy of the RFQ contact Mr. Maness at the above address, scmaness@hcs.k12.nc.us, or (910) 875-4263. Minority and women-owned businesses are encouraged to submit proposals. The Hoke County Schools reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

Please take a moment to complete our English as a Second Language (ESL) and Migrant Education Parent Survey. The survey will be open from Monday, May 16 through Friday, May 27, 2022. Your feedback is valuable and much appreciated.

Click Here To Take the Survey


Por favor, tome un momento para completar nuestra Encuesta para Padres de los programas de Inglés como Segundo Idioma (ESL) y Educación para Migrantes. La encuesta estará abierta desde el lunes 16 de mayo hasta el viernes 27 de mayo de 2022. Sus respuestas son valiosas y muy apreciadas.

Presione Aquí Para Tomar La Encuesta


Kindergarten Registration begins March 1, 2022

All children entering kindergarten must be 5 years of age by August 31, 2021.

Documents required for Kindergarten registration:

  • Certified birth certificate

  • Immunization record

  • Proof of residence (current mortgage statement/rental contract and current electric/water bill and current identification)

This year, we have two ways you can register:

  • Click here to register online. You are able to register as well as upload the required documentation from this site.


  • Call your child's school to schedule a registration appointment.


Todos los niños que van a entrar a kindergarten deben tener 5 años de edad para el 31 de agosto del 2021.

Documentos requeridos para la inscripción de Kínder:

  • Acta de nacimiento certificada

  • Registro de vacunas-(actualizado)

  • Prueba de domicilio (contrato de renta/hipoteca Y factura reciente de luz o agua E identificación actual)

Este año, tenemos dos formas de registrarse:

Haga clic aquí para registrarse en línea. Puede registrarse y cargar la documentación requerida desde este sitio.


Llame a la escuela de su hijo para programar una cita de inscripción.


NC Pre-K Applications Now Being Accepted

All children applying for the NC Pre-Kindergarten program must be 4 years of age by August 31, 2022.

Documents required for NC Pre-Kindergarten registration:

  • Certified birth certificate

  • Immunization record

  • Proof of residence (current mortgage statement/rental contract AND current electric/water bill AND current identification)

  • Proof of income (4 weekly/2 bi-weekly/1 monthly pay stubs, W2s, employer statement, disability, Military LES or child support statements

How to apply:

To request an application, please click on the appropriate link below your school’s name or visit your school’s website. After completing the form, you will be contacted by the school to schedule an appointment to complete the process.

Don Steed Elementary

McLauchlin Elementary

Hawk Eye Elementary

Rockfish Hoke Elementary

Sandy Grove Elementary

Scurlock Elementary

Upchurch Elementary

West Hoke Elementary


Todos los niños que apliquen para el programa de Pre-Kínder de NC deben tener 4 años de edad para el 31 de agosto del 2022.

Documentos requeridos para la inscripción de Pre-Kínder de NC:

● Acta de nacimiento certificada

● Registro de vacunas-(actualizado) ● Prueba de domicilio (contrato de renta/hipoteca Y factura reciente de luz o agua E identificación actual)

● Prueba de ingreso (talones de cheques - 4-semanal/2-quincenal/1-mensual, W2s, carta del empleador, incapacidad, ingresos militares o declaración de manutención de menores)

Cómo aplicar:

Para una solicitud de Pre-Kinder de NC, por favor haga clic en el enlace correspondiente a su escuela. Después de completar el formulario, la escuela se comunicará con usted para programar una cita para completar el proceso.


HCS Career and Technical Education rank 2nd in NC

For the past two years, Hoke County Schools has been ranked in the top five in the state for industry-recognized credentials earned by our students. When the 2020-21 data was recently released, Hoke County Schools was in the number two spot in North Carolina. The ranking was based on the percentage of students earning credentials. Last school year, HCS had 1,596 students earn a total of 3,006 credentials. We are proud of our CTE Program and the real-world, hands-on learning opportunities it offers our students.

To learn more about our Career and Technical Education Program, click on the links below to watch the middle and high school program overview videos.

Middle School CTE Program

High School CTE Program


2022 'Return to Learn' Covid-19 information and updates

All Hoke County Schools students will return to the classroom on Wednesday, January 5. To safely resume in-person instruction, we will continue to follow all COVID safety protocols and procedures as outlined in the updated NC Strong Schools Toolkit, including physical distancing to the greatest extent possible and consistent wearing of masks. Click here to view a listing of the Toolkit updates.

We also want to remind you that if your child is experiencing symptoms of COVID or is not feeling well, please keep them home and contact your health care provider. If your child has been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID within the last 5 days, you should contact your school nurse prior to sending them to school. Click here for a listing of testing sites and schedules located in Hoke County.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and efforts to keep our students, staff, and families healthy. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your school’s nurse or a member of the school's administration.


Please click here to review our 2021-22 School Re-Entry Plan .


Haga clic aquí para revisar nuestro Plan de reingreso escolar 2021-22.

The Hoke County School Board will have a Special Called meeting on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. in the Media Center at Hoke County High School, 505 South Bethel Road, Raeford, NC. The purpose of the meeting is to review procurement methods for the Hoke County High School onsite replacement construction project.


Regular meetings will be held the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., unless otherwise posted. The meetings will take place at the Hoke County High School Media Center, 505 South Bethel Road, Raeford, NC.

The meetings are also livestreamed via the HCS YouTube Channel - Click here to be directed to the site.

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310 Wooley Street Raeford, NC 28376 Phone: 910-875-4106 Fax: 910-875-3362