HKY4 Learning


Education and technical training continue to be high priorities for Catawba County. This commitment is evidenced by the presence of three public school systems — Catawba County Schools, Hickory Public Schools and Newton-Conover City Schools — in addition to 12 private schools.

Catawba County Schools 28 15,145
Hickory City Schools 9 3,691
Newton-Conover City Schools 7 2,800
Non-Public Schools 12 1,780

High School Seniors - Post-Graduate Plans

Public Sr. Institution 23.4% 25.7% 20.3% 23.3%
Private Sr. Institution 10.2% 6.9% 6.8% 9.2%
Community College 40.2% 35.5% 49.5% 40.7%
Trade Business School 1.6% 1.2% 0.5% 1.4%
Military 2.6% 1.2% 0.5% 2.1%
Employment 21% 28.2% 20.3% 22.1%
Other 1.0% 0.8% 2.1% 1.1%
Totals 100% 100% 100% 100%


Finding the right child care or preschool is an important decision, and the Hickory Metro offers many different options to fit a variety of needs.

The NC Division of Child Development and Early Education sets the standards for child care and using a Star Rated License to rate child care programs in the state of North Carolina. Click here to learn more about the Star Rated License and the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education.

Directories and resources for child care:


Catawba County is connecting business and education through the innovative K-64.  K-64 increases student and employer engagement in educational programs proven to prepare a qualified workforce by:

  • Collaborating with employers to align courses of study with workforce needs.
  • Connecting students to real-world careers and related curriculum choices from early on.
  • Empowering adults to enhance employability in a dynamic work environment.