Quality of Life


K-12 (Public)
Columbus County is home to two public school systems.  The Whiteville City Schools system consists of five schools, educating 2,300 students annually.  The Columbus County Public School System consists of 19 schools with more than 7,000 students. To learn more about either school system, please visit their website by clicking on the links above. The Columbus Charter School has a current enrollment of 832 students in K-8.


K-12 (Private)
For those parents that would prefer to send their children to private school, there are a couple of options available locally.   

Columbus Christian Academy 
Carolina Adventist Academy 

Columbus Career & College Academy
This program allows high school students to begin taking college courses or specialized career training programs while finishing high school. For more information, visit www.edline.net/pages/CCCA.


Southeastern Community College
Part of the 58-Campus North Carolina Community College System, Southeastern Community College offers more than 50 curriculum programs to residents of Columbus County and the surrounding area.  Founded in 1964, this 100-acre campus is located in the City of Whiteville and enrolls more than 4,000 students each year.  

In addition to the curriculum programs, SCC is well-known for its excellent continuing education programs.  It’s these progams, specifically the new and expanding industry programs that makes Southeastern Community College an amazing resource for business.