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Graduation Day!

Graduation Day!

Student shaking Superintendent Mark Garrett's hand

Graduation Day!

Superintendant Mark Garrett congratulating Mr. Smith on Teacher of the Year

At the May school board meeting, Mr. Smith was recognized as MCS's Secondary Teacher of the Year.  

Graduates taking a selfie


Mr. Smith Teacher of the Year

Congratulations Mr. Michael Smith, McDowell County Schools Secondary Teacher of the Year!

Students socializing


Students on bikes

Mountain Biking Club

Student paddling boat in boat regatta

Cardboard Boat Regatta

Principal's Message

At the Alternative Education Center, we envision a partnership between home, school, and the community where each is an active participant in the academic and emotional growth of students. We serve students in grades 8-12, with the majority of our population being high school students.  We are a small school with an enrollment of 100 students. We are alternative to a traditional large school and we believe in an individualized approach to education. 
The climate is orderly, safe, and conducive to teaching and learning. A unique aspect of the Alternative Education Center is our small class size (1:15 teacher pupil ratio in all classes). The atmosphere fosters respect along with a spirit of understanding, tolerance, and friendship.  The environment allows each individual to develop physically, mentally, morally, and socially. 

We believe there are no limits to learning. We have high expectations and truly believe that the dignity and worth of the individual demands quality and equity. 

We envision learners who can come to see education as increasing their own choices, building bridges to new opportunities, and improving the quality of their lives. With the help of parents and a concerned public, we are proud to accept the responsibility of helping all of our students recognize their potential.

News & Announcements


As in years past, we will be joining the Early College for prom. This years prom will be on April 27th and the theme is "A Night in Paris". To be eligible to attend prom, you must be a junior or senior and in good standing (academically and behaviorally). Tickets can be purchased at the AEC. Ticket price is 30.00 per person until March 30th. After March 30th, the cost will go up. See Ms. Widmann or Ms. Rose for details.


All juniors will be taking the ACT Thursday 3/1/2018. The test will start first thing in the morning. Please be on time. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call the AEC (652-1040).

Tardy Policy

First period starts at 8:15. If your student comes to school late, when they arrive they will have to sit with the principal or the BOOST coordinator. While they are with the principal or the BOOST coordinator, they will need to develop a plan to ensure they are in class on time. We need our students to be in their classes, on-time! If you have any questions about our tardy policy, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to support your student and ensure they graduate from high school prepared for the world of work.

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Faculty Meeting
Date: 5/1/2018, 3 PM 4 PM
Faculty Meeting
Date: 5/8/2018, 3 PM 4 PM
Faculty Meeting
Date: 5/15/2018, 3 PM 4 PM
Faculty Meeting
Date: 5/22/2018, 3 PM 4 PM
Memorial Day, No School for Students
Date: 5/28/2018