Alamance-Burlington School System


Proud to be Public

With 36 schools and close to 23,000 students, there’s an opportunity for everyone to find their place in ABSS. We are proud of the achievements we’ve made and the ambitions we have to continue improving public education. Although the work is big, no job is too small to make it count. Our roles may vary, but one thing is always the same – our shared passion to have a meaningful impact on the lives of our students in the community we serve. While our team members come from different backgrounds, we all came here for the same reasons and if you ask around, it’s also why we stay.

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Great teachers come from backgrounds that bring different experiences and knowledge into classrooms to benefit students. Recognizing that beginning educators often face tremendous challenges at the start of their careers, Alamance-Burlington School System (ABSS) has designed a Beginning Teacher Program to support educators new to our team. By coupling our Beginning Teacher Support Program with the ongoing support provided by school-based and learning community leadership, ABSS works to ensure that beginning educators will gain accelerated success and effectiveness, as well as greater self-confidence during the first years of their new career.

Our goal is to recruit, retain, and support new teachers to the Alamance-Burlington School System to become effective instructional leaders within their classroom and school community. In addition to providing district-level support, beginning teachers also receive individualized support from lead mentors and mentors at their schools.



Each Alamance-Burlington School System student is prepared for their future in an inclusive, supportive learning community.


Engage and empower each student to learn and become knowledgeable, responsible community members.


We value diversity of both culture and thought as one of our community’s greatest strengths. It is our duty to work together to ensure that every voice is heard and valued

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Who are we?
Alamance-Burlington Schools contains 36 schools and 23,148 students. The district’s minority enrollment is 60%. Also, 45.0% of students are economically disadvantaged.

The student body at the schools served by Alamance-Burlington Schools is 41.9% White, 23.3% Black, 1.5% Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander, 27.5% Hispanic/Latino, 0.3% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.1% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander. In addition, 5.4% of students are two or more races, and 0% have not specified their race or ethnicity.

Also, 48% of students are female, and 52% of students are male. At schools in Alamance-Burlington Schools, 45.0% of students are eligible to participate in the federal free and reduced price meal program and 11.6% of students are English language learners.


District Office
1712 Vaughn Road
Burlington, NC 27217-2916




Dr. Jim Merrill will serve as interim superintendent, effective January 1, 2022, through June 30, 2022 as the Alamance-Burlington Board of Education launches a search for the next permanent superintendent.

Dr. Merrill has twenty years of experience as a school superintendent, including six years in Alamance-Burlington Schools from 2000-2006, Virginia Beach City Public Schools in Virginia from 2006-2013, and Wake County Public Schools, 2013-2018. This is his second interim superintendency since retiring from Wake County. He earned his Bachelor degree in English Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Masters in Administration from Appalachian State University, and a Doctorate in Education Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Dr. Jim Merrill




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District Office
1712 Vaughn Road
Burlington, NC 27217-2916

Telephone: 3360-570-6218

School Hours: M-F: 7:30am – 4:30pm