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In 2012, Gov. Bev Perdue recognized Cherokee County Schools for outstanding progress in the use of classroom technology and digital learning. 

Cherokee County Schools uses the IMPACT model as the guiding structure to meet the facility, technical and learning needs.  The ITES curriculum has been partnered with the new Common Core strategies.  CCS has partnered with the NC Virtual Public School to provide advanced opportunities and has developed the Cherokee County Virtual School where all CCS teachers can create online enrichment or full courses to enhance learning.  They are piloting the 1:1 laptop program at Tri County Early College and a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program at Murphy High School.  The district has utilized an innovative e-Rate funding model to provide a fully wireless environment with bandwidth to adequately support a 1:1 device program at every schools.  On average, teachers have completed 30 hours of technology training.  In 2012, the CCS was recognized with the Technology Innovation Award at the 2012 NCTIES Convention. 

In 2011-2012, the district was one of the top 10 winner for graduation rate of 88.9% and was named a District of Distinction with an overall performance composite of over 80%.