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Welcome to Hyde County Schools!


Welcome and thank you for taking time to visit the Hyde County Schools website. The information on the school division’s website is presented to help you become more informed about Hyde County Schools. We hope that the web pages allow you to find what you are looking for with ease. In the event that you do not find what you are looking for, please contact us.


The Hyde County School Division is the second smallest school division in North Carolina. The School Division is located in rural northeast North Carolina. Geographically, the area has fertile land suitable for farming. Additionally, the area borders the Pamlico Sound on the Mainland and Ocracoke Island has as its borders the Atlantic Ocean and the Pamlico Sound, thus the seafood industry also plays a vital role in the local economy. Tourism is a main revenue source for the economy of the Island as well as the Mainland.


 The School Division is comprised of three schools. Two schools are on the Mattamuskeet Campus on the Mainland of Hyde and the third school is on the Ocracoke Campus on Ocracoke Island. Mattamuskeet Elementary School enrolls students in grades PreK – 5 and Mattamuskeet Early College High School enrolls students in grades 6-13. The Ocracoke School, located on Ocracoke Island is a PreK-12 school. The Ocracoke Campus is accessible from the Mattamuskeet Campus by a two hour forty-five minute ferry ride or a three hour drive to Cape Hatteras followed by a forty-five minute ferry ride from Cape Hatteras to the Island.


Hyde County Schools is an emerging school division in the state of North Carolina. The School Division has embarked on systemic changes that will improve student learning and subsequently improved overall student academic performance on required assessments. The implementation of division benchmarks, research proven effective instructional strategies, and evaluation of instructional and administrative staff are keys in propelling the Division forward as a leader in providing excellent educational opportunities for all students.


Hyde County Schools is entering its fourth year of its partnership with the North Carolina New Schools Project, an initiative of the Office of the Governor and the NC Education Cabinet with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Mattamuskeet Early College High School now encompasses grades 6-13. Students in the lower grades of the early college enroll in traditional middle school courses and blended courses that prepare them for a more rigorous course of study in grades 9-13. Students leaving the early college high school have the option of a traditional high school diploma at the end of grade twelve or an associate’s degree or technical certificate upon completion of year five or grade thirteen.


The vision and mission for Hyde County Schools serves as the guide for decisions made by the Board of Education in meeting the diverse needs of its primary customers and stakeholder…the students and parents of Hyde County. The Board of Education, as well as, its employees realizes that in meeting the needs of all students, everyone must work collaboratively in identifying strengths and weaknesses and where weaknesses are identified, work together to realize improvement.


Thank you for your interest in Hyde County Schools. We welcome your remarks about Hyde County Schools and this website.  We hope that we have designed this website so that you can easily find information of interest.  New information and updates are added as they become available.

Stuff the Bus Campaign
Mattamuskeet Campus "Stuff the Bus" Campaign
Through August 31st, 2015

Ocracoke School Recognition

Ocracoke School: An Education Like No Other! by EdNC

Please click here to view an article and video recognizing Ocracoke School's A grading by the North Carolina General Assembly. 
Retirement Recognitions
Hyde County Schools Recognizing Retirees

Claudette McClaud
31 years of Service

Melvin Blount
33 Years of Service

Thomas Midgette
29 Years of Service

Sharon Burris-Slade
35 Years of Service

Mattamuskeet 8th Grade Presentation
Ms Ann Carter and Mrs. Sandy Carawan’s eighth grade students Tyonna Barber, Marsha’ll Betts, Mathew Halla, Jr., Luis Morales and Haley Reynolds delivered a multimedia presentation on behalf of the eighth grade student body to Dr. Latimore and the Board of Education about a book they recently read called Island of the Unknowns, a mystery math novel written by the New York Times science writer, Benedict Carey.
During their presentation these students explained the story's basic plot, the English Language Arts activities used to enhance their reading and study of the book, and the different math formulas used by the characters to solve the story’s problem such as Pythagorean Theorem, slope, x-axis and y-axis to determine the coordinate plane, circumference, radius, and diameter.  These students also explained their completion of two final assessments, a Math-English Language Arts cross-curricular project as well as writing a personal letter to the author, Benedict Carey. 
Mrs. Laurie Hodges's Memory/Honor
Mrs. Hodges's Family Receiving the Resolution in Laurie Hodges's Memory & Honor.
Hyde County Schools 2014 Christmas Card Winners

Cassie Bartell - 8th Grade = MECHS

Quajuan Hall - 12th Grade - MECHS

Tatiana Martinez - 1st Grade - Ocracoke

Lillian Perez - 4th Grade - Ocracoke

Not Pictured:
Cheyenne Gibbs - 2nd Grade - MES
Alex Jimenez - 4th Grade - MES

HCS in the Governor's Teacher Network

Mattamuskeet Elementary School teacher, Mrs. Paige Smith, joins the NC Governor's Teacher Network

The Governor’s Network Teachers were selected through a rigorous application process.  Teachers submitted resumes and a proposal for their project based on needs within their schools/districts.  Teachers will receive specialized training related to their projects, and support from NCDPI staff over the course of the year.  Beginning in summer 2014, these teachers will serve for one year developing projects that support key RttT initiatives (professional development and digital instructional resources for Home Base) in their schools and districts. Network teachers will remain in their current roles, but will also design and deliver individual projects that address needs in the classroom, school or LEA level.  These projects will fit within one of two pathways including Professional Development or Instructional Units.  Paige Smith will be completing her project in the area of Professional Development. She is researching the effects of Interactive Math Notebooks on third grade student achievement.  She will also look at the effects of these notebooks on parent support of students with homework.  Through this pathway she will create professional development sessions and materials (face-to-face, webinars and online modules) to address classroom instructional needs and increase the PD offerings in the state-wide Professional Development system in Home Base.  Mrs. Smith is excited about researching her topic and collecting data to determine if this is a strategy that will prove beneficial to our students, parents, and teachers.

Mrs. Smith is the daughter of the Shirlyn and the former Herbert Brickhouse. Mrs. Smith graduated from Mattamuskeet High School in 1988. She then pursued a bachelor’s degree in elementary education after her internship at Bath Elementary she graduated in 1997. At that time Mrs. Smith was hired by the Hyde County Board of Education to teach at Davis Elementary School. When Davis and O.A. Peay merged for the 99-00 school year Mrs. Smith was transferred to Mattamuskeet Elementary School. In 2003 Mrs. Smith received her master’s degree from ECU in Elementary Education and later received her National Board Certification in 2006. During her tenure with Hyde County Schools Mrs. Smith has served as a teacher, coach, mentor, and she has supervised student teachers. Mrs. Smith makes her home in Fairfield with her Husband Daryl Smith and her daughter Heather Smith who will be a 4th grader at MES this year. We are very honored and privileged to have represent Hyde County Schools and educators in this new endeavor and wish her much success.
Recognizing a Retiring Staff Member on Mattamuskeet Campus

Laurie Hodges
Retired on August 1, 2014 with 35 years of service
Board of Education Training

Board Development Academy for New Board Members (Roles and Responsibilities of Board Members)
July 29, 2014
New Board Members Sworn in

Aleta Cox and Myra Chandler were sworn in by Sharon Sadler, Hyde County Clerk of Court, on July 8, 2014 as well as David Tolson (Not Pictured)
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