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Charles D Owen High

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Posted October 4, 2011

I loved going to Owen. It offered numerous opportunities and played host to great clubs and athletic programs. I received a very well-rounded education and even went on to become a Morehead-Cain Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill. I have accomplished a lot during my years in high school as well as in college, and I owe it to my roots at Owen High.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 12, 2010

As a former student of Owen High, I actually hated the three years that I was there. Also, they accused my parents, and myself of several things that we had never done.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 23, 2010

I am a former student of Owen, I graduated in 2004. I was a part of several varsity teams and did not, during my time, witness any sort of bias by the faculty toward the athletes regarding grades, though athletic participation was encouraged by the administration. I do not feel that the faculty prepares students well for college. I started college at a small private school and felt I was not prepared even for that. When I transferred to a major, well-respected university I felt completely ill-prepared. After hearing about many of my friends' high school experiences, academically Owen is far behind where it should be. They should not be trying to reach the standard set by the state they should be trying to be one of the best schools in the state. I felt there is too much emphasis on athletic excellence and not nearly enough on academic excellence.


Posted February 1, 2010

I'm a student at Owen High School and I find the bad reviews a bit overdone. The school is decently clean and definitely not disgusting as described by some parents. The teachers are nice although I've had a harder time with some than others. We have a lot of spirit and I find it to be an overall good school. The school has beautiful scenery. I enjoy this school and look forward to the rest of my years attending Owen.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 3, 2008

My child has been attending owen for three years now. At first I believed this was the best place for him to be and proud since I graduated some time ago. However, his first year started with problems with harresment that would not be handled by teachers. Next we found teachers who would show move videos, R - rated instead of teaching. Principals do not attend important functions such as Beta Club inductions when all of the parents came to see their children. I am sorry to say that I am ashamed to be living in my community with such a poorly run school. My son takes as many Ap classes as he can and we are still not sure he will make it to the college of his choice with a 3.8
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2008

I believe that it is one of the best if not the best schools in the county. It is a beautiful campus, and the size of the school is not too big while at the same time not too small.


Posted September 14, 2007

I go to this school right now and let me tell you one thing: I hate it. It's not a simple 'Oh, I'm a whiny high schooler, I don't want to go to school,' No. It's nothing of the sort. My school is a completely biased place and I don't feel safe here. Yes, I am pretty much an outcast, but I'm put in that position by teachers who think that everyone should be on a team. Well too bad, teachers, I can't. Being plagued with scoliosis, you'd think that they'd handle it a little more politely. Don't send your kid to this school unless you want them to be ridiculed for not having 'the name' or being on a team.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 8, 2007

My two daughters and two other step children attended this school. The expectations of the majority of the teachers was low. Both of my daughters attended honors classes. They both felt inadequately prepared for college. They both attended well respected four year colleges and were surprised to find that they were ill prepared for a rigorous learning environment. I regret I did not send them to private schools. Owen does require a senior project for each student. I felt these senior projects would better serve the students if they required a service learning component. The biggest complaint I have about the school is the lack pf excellence in academics standards. Students are allowed to turn in sub quality work and still receive an A. The teachers consistently allow the students to turn in work months late.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2007

I am a student at Owen,and,after reading the other reviews, I feel that I must stand up for my school. I am currently not involved in any extracurricular activities, and I am not scorned for it. The school is as clean as it can be, considering the immaturity of some of the students (i.e. vandalism). Indeed, I always hear compliments on the cleanliness of the facility from visitors. Yes,there are some drawbacks. The students, and parents, are very much 'out of the loop.' We do get phone calls informing us of a certain event or an important announcement, but sometimes students do not get the message because of some reason or other, and the next day we are surprised with an exam or something to that sort. Furthermore, although not the school's doing, students at the standard level at Owen, or at any school in NC for that matter, is put under a lot of stress due to new,impractical, laws.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 30, 2006

I attended owen and graduated in the class of 2005. I must admit that yes, i did have fun but there were alot of controling issues in that school. Most of the problem was the way the staff acted. I wouldn't really refer this school to a lot of people. Don't get me wrong, they were ok. There were a lot of wonderful teachers that I think I bonded with best. But there were quite a few that i just couldn't handle. I enjoyed my high school years, but i sure am glad they are over with. The music programs are awesome and wonderful directors. But sports is a little out of hand.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 16, 2005

I don't think that this is the best school. Both of my daughters were graduates and every day they would come home and complain of the dirtyness of the building. Places that children attend daily should be very sanitary and not disgusting. I myself have visited this facility and found that some of the teachers and staff to be very rude and picky with the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2005

I am an graduate of OHS. I was a student when they opened up the new building and was in the class that graduated that was the first to attend all 4 years of high school in the new building. I recently was back and was saddened by the condition of the school. It was dirty and not in a condition I felt a school should be in that was that young. I remember how clean and new it was back when I attended and it did not look like the students kept the pride of a brand new building.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 9, 2005

I have found that teachers and staff of Owen High School are exceptionally biased and petty, with only minor exceptions. Both my son and my brother were students and were treated with contempt and no understanding. The front office staff especially I found to be gossips and judgemental to extremes. I dread the day that my other son has to enroll. If your not a football student or parent of, they make you feel insignifigant and not worth their time. I'm disgusted!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2005

Owen High School is the perfect place for your child to be formatted to follow the crowd. If you do not play high school sports or join some type of extra-curricular activity, you are automatically proclaimed an outcast. The teachers and staff simply hand those who are on the sports teams their grades, even if they haven't put forth the effort in their classwork that is needed. Owen High School is definitely building the future Youth of the Nation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2004

I think Owen is a great school and I glad that my child is able to attend safely. I am happy about the cameras. What should students have to hide?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2004

I think we are the best school around and we are building more to be the best and I think we have good teachers. We are improving on our test scores and we are gonna make them better. But one thing I think is dumb is that they are putting camaras in my school.
—Submitted by a student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2012.

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The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

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Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2012.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2011.

213 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
60%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 36% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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5%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
48%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 82% in 2011.

146 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 46% in 2013.

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
67%
Civics and Economics

The state average for Civics and Economics was 80% in 2011.

223 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
70%
English I

The state average for English I was 83% in 2012.

215 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%
English II

The state average for English II was 51% in 2013.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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51%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 77% in 2011.

118 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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92%
United States History

The state average for United States History was 82% in 2011.

180 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

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Male10%
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White7%
Economically disadvantaged6%
Not economically disadvantaged5%
Students with disabilities5%
Non-disabled students5%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English6%
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Non-migrant5%
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Biology

All Students45%
Female42%
Male50%
Black33%
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Hispanic21%
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Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities17%
Non-disabled students52%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant45%
Academically gifted94%

English II

All Students51%
Female54%
Male47%
Black13%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities7%
Non-disabled students58%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English51%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant51%
Academically gifted-95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 81% 52%
Hispanic 7% 14%
Black 5% 26%
Two or more races 5% 4%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian 0% 1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 48%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms Margaret Turner
Associations
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (828) 686-8442

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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