Universal High School Application

Universal Application

All 8th graders need to fill out the Universal Application and choose the school that will best meet their future goals:


High School Options

8th graders, McDowell County Schools has three high school options. You are encouraged to explore each option and choose the one that will best meet your future goals.

For additional information, visit each school's website.
McDowell High School: mhs.mcdowell.k12.nc.us
McDowell Early College: mec.mcdowell.k21.nc.us
McDowell Academy for Innovation: mai.mcdowell.k12.nc.us


Important Dates

To see the information presented at student and parent meetings, please go to tinyurl.com/mcshsslides.

Parent Meetings

East Middle - January 30, 2023

West Middle - January 21, 2023


Universal High School Application

Live: January 26, 2023
Due: February 10, 2023

MEC and MAI Acceptance

Decisions mailed by February 28th

High School Options Slide Show


What McDowell County's Secondary Schools Have in Common

  • Universal application
  • High school diploma
  • Transportation
  • All students can participate in Titan Athletics
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • 1:1 Chromebooks
  • College credit options
  • High school experience (clubs & social events)
  • Drivers Education
  • Yearbook
  • Student support programs
  • Internships/Apprenticeships
  • Student Council