Johnston County Schools
Clayton is served primarily by Johnston County Schools, a rapidly-growing public district of central North Carolina. The district serves over 34,000 students with 1,900 full-time employees across 44 schools. The schools enjoy strong community support through parental involvement, partnership with businesses, and funding for new schools. The continued involvement has led to a 13% climb in the graduation rate and a 50% decrease in the dropout rate over the last four years.
Student Opportunities About in Johnston County
Johnston County offers a wealth of programs and opportunities to its students, ranging from arts and athletics to global and international partnerships and programs.
There are gifted programs, such as the Governor’s School summer program, as well as special education. All students are cared for and the district strives to meet a diverse collection of needs through programs such as scholarships, driver’s education, dropout prevention, and hospital/homebound.
Clayton Schools Stand Up to National Scrutiny
In a recent article, BusinessWeek magazine named Clayton #9 of the Top 10 Most Affordable Places with Top Schools in America! The average rating for Clayton’s schools was a 9.3 out of 10—some of the highest in the nation—and the article specifically singled out East Clayton Elementary, Riverwood Elementary, and Riverwood Middle Schools. It was the only town in North Carolina to make the list.
It’s Not JUST About the Schools
The article continued on to note that it’s not just about the education in Clayton—all residents, with and without school-age children, enjoy a very high quality of life. Top jobs in Raleigh and the Research Triangle Park are just minutes away, as are all the attractions of downtown Raleigh, and the housing prices and overall cost of living are very low.
Top Public Schools of Clayton & GreatSchools Rating
- Cleveland Elementary: 9
- Powhatan Elementary: 9
- Riverwood Middle: 8
- Riverwood Elementary: 8
- East Clayton Elementary: 8