BURGAW, NC - West Pender Middle School has earned the distinction as a 2022-23 National Beta School of Merit.

The National Beta Club is the largest independent educational youth organization in America and promotes the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students.

“Offering National Beta to all eligible grades provides your school experiences in leadership development and service involvement which strengthen and build your student.” Said Bobby Hart, National Beta Club Chief Executive Officer.

West Pender School was erected in 1957 and opened as an elementary school in 1958. It later became a middle school after some transitioning among district lines and the opening of a new elementary school. West Pender Middle School currently serves the communities of Atkinson, Burgaw, Ivanhoe, Rocky Point, Watha, Willard and Currie; however, it remains the smallest middle school in Pender County (just over 175 students).

A Title 1 school, 81% of students are currently receiving free or reduced-price lunches. West Pender serves a diverse population of students comprised of 41% African American, 37% Caucasian, 16% Hispanic and 5% Other.