Student Orientation and Open House
  • Open House and Orientation

    Schools invite parents and students to attend student orientations before the official first day of school on August 28, 2023.

    Parents will receive back-to-school information, including a school calendar, class schedule, transportation options, etc. More importantly, students can reconnect with friends, meet new ones before school, and get reenergized about beginning a new school year. Students enrolled in classes at the Caldwell Applied Sciences Academy (CASA) and Caldwell Early College High School (ECHS) start their new school year on Tuesday, August 8, 2023.

    Listed below are the orientation dates for elementary, middle, and high schools:


    Orientation Date/Times/Description by Groups, etc.

    Baton Elementary

    Thursday, Aug. 24, 5:30-7:00 pm

    Caldwell Online

    ELEMENTARY ONLY: Individual Family Appt on either Thurs, Aug 10, 8:30 am-12:00 pm –OR– Fri, Aug 11, 8:30-11:30 am. MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY: Individual Family Appt on Thurs, Aug 24, 9:30 am-3:00 pm HIGH SCHOOL ONLY: Individual Family Appt on either Fri, Aug. 18, 8:30 am-3:30 pm –OR– Tues, Aug 22, 12:15-6:30 pm (Families will receive detailed instructions)

    Caldwell Applied Sciences Academy

    Freshmen Orientation: Monday, Aug. 7, 5:00 pm in the gym

    Caldwell Early College High School

    Open House for 9-11 grades: Aug. 22 (Floating) 3:15-6:00 pm


    Thursday, Aug. 24 from 5:00-7:00 pm (Floating)

    Davenport A+ School

    Thursday, Aug. 24 from 4:00-6:00 pm (Floating)

    Dudley Shoals Elementary

    Thursday, Aug. 24 from 4:00- 6:00 pm (Floating)

    Gamewell Elementary

    Wednesday, Aug 23 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm (Floating)

    Gamewell Middle

    6th Grade - Thursday, Aug. 17, 4:00-5:30 pm; 7th and 8th Grade - Thursday, Aug. 24, 4:00-6:00 pm


    Thursday, Aug. 24 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm (Floating)

    Granite Falls Elementary

    Wednesday, Aug. 23 from 4:30-6:30 pm (Floating)

    Granite Falls Middle

    6th Grade: Wednesday, Aug. 23 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm (Floating) / 6:00 pm Parent Meeting in Auditorium; 7th & 8th Grade: Thursday, Aug. 24 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm (Floating) / 6:00 pm Parent Meeting in the auditorium

    Happy Valley

    Thursday, Aug. 24 from 4:00-6:00 pm (Floating)

    Hibriten High School

    10th, 11th, & 12th grade open house - Thursday, Aug. 24 from 12:30-2:00 pm (Floating). 9th grade Orientation Thursday, Aug. 24 from 2:00-5:00 pm assigned times by last names.


    Thursday, Aug. 24 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm

    Hudson Elementary

    Pre-K-2: Wednesday, Aug. 23 from 4:00-6:00 pm; Grades 3-5: Thursday, Aug. 24 from 4:00-6:00 pm

    Hudson Middle

    Friday, Aug. 25 from 4:00-6:00 pm (Floating) / 6th Grade Orientation 3:00 - 4:00 pm (Floating)

    Kings Creek

    Thursday, Aug. 24 Kinder-5th Grade at 4:30 pm 6th-8th Grade at 5:30 pm

    Lower Creek Elementary

    Thursday, Aug 24 from 3:30-5:30 pm (Floating)

    Sawmills Elementary

    Thursday, Aug. 24 ( A-L 4-5:00 pm and M-Z 5-6:00 pm)

    South Caldwell High School

    Freshmen Orientation-Aug. 17 (10:00-11:00 am and 1:00-2:30 pm)
    Upperclassmen Orientation-Aug. 18 from 4-6:00 pm (Floating)

    Valmead Elementary

    Thursday, Aug. 24, 3:00-6:00 pm (Floating)

    West Caldwell High School

    Thursday, Aug. 24, 4:00-6:00 pm

    Whitnel Elementary

    Thursday, Aug. 24, 4:00-6:00 pm (Floating)

    William Lenoir Middle

    6th Grade - Tuesday, Aug. 15, 3:00-4:00 pm (All) 4:00-5:00 (Floating); 7th and 8th Grade Thursday, Aug. 24 4:00-6:00 pm (Floating)

  • Welcome Back to School from Superintendent Dr. Don Phipps

    This time each year as school gets started I think about fresh starts and the promise that resides in each student and adult. I think about the roles of our educators, administrators, and support staff; these roles involve more than many will ever know and they are all critical in the educational process.

    I swell with pride because I get to work with inspiring, enthusiastic students and dedicated parents and our professionals who lead by serving and modeling successful, productive careers. For our Caldwell County Schools family, I am excited to see you all make your mark this year and I am eager to support your work. While I hope everyone wants to improve on and increase their skills and practice lifelong learning, I believe students and educators, and those who support them, should stand proud this school year because of the opportunities that lie ahead and the collaboration and teamwork among this community to provide a top-notch education. For our families, team members and educators across the school district, I hope this school year is your best one yet!