Onslow County Facilities

  • Did you know that the Onslow County School System is the 12th largest local education authority (LEA) within the State of North Carolina? We operate 40 schools and two specialized instructional campuses for a grand total of 42 school sites. Our school system’s district boundaries match the county boundaries of Onslow, exclusive of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station – New River and Hoffman Forest. Our forty-two instructional facilities were built between 1942 (New Bridge Middle) and 2021 (Coastal Elementary) with an average age for all schools being 40 years old. We pride ourselves on the responsible manner in which we have sought to maintain our facilities within the limited resources available to the system.

    Currently, there are about 28,000 students currently enrolled in Onslow County Schools, but this number grows every year. On average, our district increases by about 300 students per year. To address this rapid growth, Onslow County Schools opened Onslow Virtual Elementary as well as Onslow Virtual Secondary school in the fall of 2021 to provide an online learning option for our community. Additionally, our local Board of Education committee have worked closely with Onslow County Commissioners on crucial funding to build two new elementary schools almost simultaneously in the last few years; Coastal Elementary, located in Holly Ridge, N.C. which opened in the fall of 2021 & Clearview Elementary, located just outside of Richlands, N.C.

Facility Assessments & Capacity Projections


  • Simply put, the purpose of our Facility Assessments and Capacity Projections are to document statistically-valid third-party research on the student population. This allows an exhaustive but complete inventory of existing facilities which allows a crucial comparison of independent research to determine the following:

    1. Student population sizes for each school for each of the next ten years...

    2. When, specifically, individual school facilities reach their maximum student capacity...

    3. What possible building renovations or campus expansions are possible at each existing school locations...

    4. What deferred maintenance items exist for each school...

    These documents assist our Onslow County Board of Education members with developing specific plans for meeting the needs of our students. It is the responsibility of the Onslow County school system, county officials and  our local community to determine the appropriate manner and schedule for meeting the needs identified and it is the responsibility of the Board of Education and local government to create a plan which meets Onslow’s unique needs.   The documents provided on this site provide detailed information about local planning efforts and future endeavors. 


    Planning for facilities is not new to the school district. Onslow County Schools have published Long Range Facility Needs Assessments (LRFNA) in 2000, 2005, 2009 and the most current LRNA in 2012. Information in the 2012 LRFNA was used to identify several funding needs that were incorporated into the 2013 Joint Educational Funding Policy of the Onslow County Board of Commissioners and the Onslow County Board of Education.