I believe Ocracoke School is still the smallest public school in North Carolina. The last I heard there were 135 students in grades pre-K through 12th grade. Here are a few interesting facts about this very special school:
-- None of the students arrive at school by bus. They walk, ride bikes, drive, or are brought to school by family or friends. The school does have an activity bus (for off-island trips), but not a standard school bus.
-- The school does not have a cafeteria. Students may go home for lunch, or bring a bag lunch to eat at school.
-- The only school sport is basketball (there aren't enough students in any age group to complete a team in most other sports).
-- The first graduating class was in 1938. Alumni can purchase t-shirts that list every person who has ever graduated from Ocracoke School.
-- This year four seniors will be receiving their diplomas this Sunday, June 13, at 7 pm: Aaron Caswell, Jordan Jones, Samantha VanDerMyde, and DJ Lukefahr.
Congratulation to Aaron, Jordan, Samantha, and DJ! We wish you the best as you move forward.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Captain Rob's essay, "Schooner Windfall Sails into the Final Sunset." You can read it here:http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052110.htm.