Ocracoke had two schoolhouses prior to the Civil War. They were both destroyed when Union forces invaded the island. At least one private school was opened in 1868. Twelve students were enrolled. The school fee was "One Dollar per Lunar Month."
In 1875 a "free school" was started. Forty-six students were listed on the register. All of the students were born between 1860 and 1869, making them between 6 and 15 years old. John S. McWilliams was listed as teacher.
Today, Ocracoke School provides instruction for about 150 students in grades Pre-K - 12. Teachers and staff number 32.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Rondthalers of Ocracoke Island. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news032112.htm.