Students enrolled 2316
Hours 7:25 - 2:18
School leader Mr Rodney Nelson
Transportation options Yes
District Wake County Schools

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6770 McCrimmon Parkway
Cary, NC 27519

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3 stars
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October 17, 2013
Looking at this school as part of a district you would say it was the one to go to. However, you get a different view once your child enters the school. Built to hold less than 2000 students this school now has portables and has at least 3000 students. Also all students are scheduled for the only lunch hour provided. Yes they try to get students to go to a smart lunch study hall but it is not enforced. No matter how much staff they have, they can't be every where and protect everyone. Girl against girl bullying is a big factor. The bullies we came across only got warnings. Unless this school gets cut in half and teachers and administration really are there watching out for your children sending your children to a smaller and better monitored school may be in the best interest of your child.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
Hands down the best school I have ever been to as a student. The staff is awesome and willing to learn from the students as well.

- submitted by a community member
September 05, 2013
This school is tops due to students that come from one of the most educated demographics in the nation. While there are a few excellent teachers key leadership is below-average with regard to their educational backgrounds and insights. The principal and others come from lower "safety" colleges/universities with miminal entrance and performance criteria. Leadership also has an over inflated assessment of themselves as a result will only consider inputs that are in-line with their limited perspectives. In critical situations do not expect transparency from the administration or teacher accountability. Over the years we have seen some of the best teachers leave due to their frustration with the leadership and some of their lessor performing peers. If a parent is able and willing to spend money on tutors/outside the school programs, and/or sweat equity to provide instruction the school does offer a range of AP classes for student to demonstrate high academic prowess. However only a few teachers appear to qualified enough to teach them. Almost all the students we know that did extremely well at Panther Creek (got into top Universities) did so with substantial outside support.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2013
My children have had an overall good experience at Panther Creek and up to this year they have had a good experience with their teachers. This semester has been an exception, some things I have noticed. 1) The blackboard assignments are not posted in a timely manner. 2) The directions for assignments are quite often vague or the material has not been covered in their 90 minute classes. 3) Smart lunches are a fantastic idea except there are usually more students in smart lunch than in the actual class. TEACHERS: if you read these post please remember the kids do repeat what has been told to them by teachers so please be an encouraging role model rather being well I'm just going to say it MEAN. Hoping for better semesters ahead!

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2012
My son attends Panther Creek HS. He has had a great year so far. His teachers are excellent. The principal is a strong leader. I can't say enough good things about this school. Overall students at this high school have some of the highest tests scores in the state. I believe SMART lunch really helps students do well in school. I highly recommend Panther Creek HS!!

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2012
the gpa is extremely low make the gpa standards go higher. Make it more like green hope

- submitted by a student
August 07, 2012
This school is truly amazing, there might be a few problematic areas that even I can agree with and I know that probably someone from green hope might have written that review according to their basic knowledge on the school and was probably a student. The principal, the staff might be a little off on some cases, such as the 10th grade AP Social Studies teacher stereotypically, or what I've heard, REALLY does only give A's to blonde girls, and fails the rest. Overall, I enjoy having this school for more years too come.

- submitted by a student
June 08, 2012
I am a junior and I have been going to this school since freshman year. I really love this school. The teachers are the best. I love how this school created SMART lunch and other schools have followed from the positive outcome, such as Green Hope! SMART lunch gives me time to do my homework, study, and talk to my teachers if I need help. SMART lunch has helped me maintain my grades. I have practice after school and most times I do not get home till 7. So, with SMART lunch, it allows me to complete and get ahead of my homework for the incoming night. Plus, if I don't have homework, I have an hour to talk to my friends. I would not want to go anywhere else!

- submitted by a student
March 24, 2012
High teacher turnover. The principal does not respect and value his staff. The school is good but could be great if more teachers stayed. The principal's treatment of staff should be looked at a little more closely.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2012
Very satisfied with the education i have received here. Excellent teachers and principles, rigorous curriculum, excellent sports programs and a wide variety of clubs.

- submitted by a student
December 03, 2011
My son is a freshmen at PCHS and really likes it there. He's actually interested in going to school (finally!). I find the teachers to be great at communicating with me despite the fact that they have so many students. As far as the traffic problem in the morning, here's a brilliant idea... have your little princesses and princes actually RIDE THE BUS and there you have it, traffic problem solved! Your children won't shrivel up and die if they ride the school bus. I feel that my son is getting a quality education and that his teachers are able to give him one on one attention IF he attends smart lunch. The choice is his and if he chooses to not utilize the resources available to him, that's on my son, NOT the school. The resources are there. As far as the leadership goes, I only know that the principal held us captive at Freshman Parent camp for the most long winded, not-important speech ever. I was very turned off by that. The person that spoke after him actually had information that I needed and she was cut short because he used up all the time talking about himself. I have no other experience with the leadership.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2011
This school excels in academics, athletics, and the arts. Teachers and administration are organized, caring, and have high expectations. Great school spirit. We love it.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2011
The comments from the parents post 9/28/11 are right on target. Not sure who "actually'' wrote the review for September 29, 2011 in rebuttal to this one on September 28, 2011; however, in reviewing all of the posts, it seems pretty unanimous with parents being unhappy with Admin, Teachers, PCH overall, the parking lot in the a.m., etc. As the saying goes, if you continue to hear/read about the same things all the time, there must be some truth to it! I certainly agree with what the poster stated dated 9/28/11. Also, why extend the offer to the poster to volunteer, or help out if the school already is so great? Quite contradictory it seems.....

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2011
Yesterday's post is laughable! First, school spirit: PCHS's student section was rated the best student section in the Triangle for the 2010-11 school year and is one of the finalist again this year. Mr. Nelson is not an attention seeker, but he is easy to find. He has some of the best APs in the area and they have been able to attract excellent departmental heads. For example, Performing Arts/D. Robinson is one of the best in the state, and easy to work with. Athletics/T. Schuler is an exceptional leader and has built one of the best coaching staffs in the state. As for the Janitorial/Maintenance staff, Hector and Nadam are fantastic! They go above and beyond each and every day. Typically staying late and coming in early. I'm sorry, but this parent is at a minimum uninformed and if his/her concerns are sincere, then get involved and help make things better. Join the PTSA, Band Boosters, Athletic Boosters, volunteer in the Media Center, front office, etc. etc. I wouldn't want my child in any other school than Panther Creek!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2011
In my own humble opinion, I feel that Panther Creek High and Wake County schools are not great. It seems that PCH lacks school spirit on all levels. In addition, I cannot fathom why the textbook budget was ever eliminated. Recently, cuts have been made with School Nurse's and Janitorial/Maintenance. These positions are essential in keeping the school clean and hygienic, especially since the incident of students defecating in the bathroom sinks and walls, thus the bathrooms being closed for the rest of the school year(4/11). Many things are not disclosed to parents. Moreover, I don't think that many Teacher's are HQ status and I do not understand why many of the Teacher's curriculum is not reviewed or approved by Administration. I get the sense that they just do whatever they want to regarding curriculum. There's such a lack of presence of leadership which really hurts the school; therefore, I have to agree with other postings about the Principal hiding behind the desk. Overall, I wish that the hype about PCH and Cary, NC would stop. The school and the area itself are mediocre at best.There are other areas in the U.S. that are better, even with budget cuts. I am not impressed.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2010
I have been happy with the academics and most of the teachers. Some are amazing, and we are fortunate to have them, but others have no business teaching children. Although knowledgeable about the subject matter they teach, there has been harsh treatment by the teachers towards the capable children (honors students) and a sense of superiority by the teachers and staff. There is no leadership in the school, and the principal basically lets the administrators and teachers do their own thing with his full support, no oversight. Teachers who step over the line are not redressed but emboldened. Some juniors and seniors do not even know what their principal looks like as he only comes out for show, else he is merely the voice coming out of the public address system. I have been particularly disappointed by the counselors and 504 Team in place to supposedly support the children. Not so. If there are good teachers at Panther Creek, it is because they have a heart for the children, not themselves. Parents are not valued unless they have nothing but praise for the school.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2010
Wonderful school. High number of rigorous AP courses, tons of clubs and activities, friendly environment for students.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2010
The comments are right on target. We need new leadership that treats parents and children with respect.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
I dont know what the parent who wrote the best school in wake , has seen that others have not. the principle is not the best the staff are not friendly and the instructions for the most part seem to be good but they are never availiable . the children are treated like adults instead of children (which they are) . there need to be an open door policy for the parents to come and see whats going on at the school without being treated like unwanted citizens as soon as they walk in the door. what is there to hide. it seems that they school would be glad that parents want to observed and see whats going on with their child. They call us when something is wrong ,but they need to communicate before things happen.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
This is one of the best schools in Wake Co., and North Carolina. I rate the principal as 5 star, the teachers and other categories as a 5 as well.

- submitted by a community member
February 18, 2010
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- submitted by a student
February 09, 2010
Staff seems pretty good. Most teachers are available. SPAN (supposed to be a relatively current source for your childs grades) is a joke as most teachers update when it is too late to try to address any issues. Access to the school during arrival and dismissal is tough and could be more streamlined if more staff were assigned to drop-off zones to keep things moving. Guidance Department are good at putting kids off - not really good at helping them with specific issues. Athletics as a whole are not efficiently run. After 5 years the grounds and athletic fields are generally in sub-par shape. I believe the only field with irrigation is the football stadium. This school is in a fairly affluent area and has a ton of as yet, unrealized potential.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2010
My child is in 10th grade at Panther Creek and we have had a very positive experience. The teachers are caring, motivating and knowledgeable. My child attends and participates in many athletic events and other extracurricular activities. There is a real sense of community and spirit. I am an active volunteer through the athletic booster club and teacher appreciation committee. We could not ask for a better school.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2010
My daughter will be a senior next year and I have been disappointed with the fact that if your child is not in AP classes it is as if they do not count. Other then one math teacher all her math teachers have been horrible, had to hire a tutor to help her with math becuase she was not being taught at school . I also experienced poor communication with some teachers, no response at all to my e-mails or concerns. I also think the webb site for the school is pretty basic and should have more information. Look at Apex High School's site. There also seems to be a lack of school spirit. There are so many things that can not be done. I actually feel sorry for the kids becuase when they look back will they have fond memories or will it only be about passing a EOC.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2009
I am a upper class parent of panther creek. The school has not been a great place to be the staff are not very nice /welcoming people. the administration are never available Theres been more times then I can count that I haver left messages and try to speak with the staff and they dont even have the curiosity to send e-mail or return phone calls especially when there has been a problem at the school concerning My Child. some of the teacher are not vey caring either. there are parents out here that cares and expect their children to be treated/taught right. It needs to be more welcoming to parents who are not causing a problem. The children are not adults and thats where the problem lays they are treated as if they are. the schools not friendily at all.

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- submitted by a student
June 16, 2009
I am the parent of a rising 12th grader and a rising 9th grader at PCHS. My son has had a positive experience. There is time for lunch or study, research, clubs, tests, tutoring, homework, make-up work, or just visiting during Smart Lunch, allowing time for athletics after school, so it is a great program. Our experience with the administration has been mixed. Mr. Nelson has always been approachable, proud of student growth, and has always shown personal interest in our student athletes. He's doing a great job! Asst principal Welch took the word of staff over student, until it had to be proven to him through a mediator that the student was the wronged party. Not so good. Parent involvement is less in high school, as students become more independent, but there are still many chances for involvement in extracurricular activities, and you are needed, so sign up!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 25, 2009
My daughter is a new student in Panther Creek High... And she loves the school, I agree the school is overcrowded, But the staff is very friendly and willing to help, Teacher out of there way to help the student.. Only please stay away in the morning parking is crazy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 10, 2009
Panther Creek is an excellent school with a strong administration, parent support group great teachers. We are lucky to be a part of this administration.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 05, 2009
My son has had wonderful, interested teachers at PCHS since its opening. His is the first graduating class but there have been no parent meetings with administrators as to how to make this a special event. Parents want to be involved and the school could be so much better if they would allow parents to volunteer during school hours. I would have been glad to work with students struggling in reading or math, but PCHS does not offer this as a possibility. PCHS does not give the impression of a cohesive family oriented school and this is indicative of Wake County schools in general because of reassignment. We helped to open a high school in a previous state and the new high school asked parents for input and assistance in what they wanted in their public school. Parental involvement is vital and PCHS needs to encourage this.

- submitted by a parent
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- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2009
The administration has hired excellent teachers. I don't agree with the poster talking about high turn-over. Because the school grew from a 2 class school to a 4 class school, my children have actually been taught by some of the same teachers. The teachers they loved are still there, except one. The counselor I've talked with has been excellent at listening and helping to solve problems through meetings with teacher and parent. I really appreciate how good she is at her job! My child took AP Calc AB and complained to me about her teacher, but now in BC has another teacher and wishes for the first one back. Calc is just a hard subject for her, I guess. So sometimes we don't get an accurate picture from our kids. Just keep that in mind.

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no rating February 13, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 20, 2009
I agree that it is great chool but I really wonder if the teachers are teaching, specially honors and AP classes. They think students can study on their own and doen't need teaching or HW I wish they teach in class and give them HW.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2009
Great school. Proud to have my child there. She is excelling beyond expectation. The over crowding issue is really getting old people. We all know it is a problem that is being dealt with as readily as possible. There is no one to blame for this and it is a temporary problem. As far as the fortress comment. I am sorry you feel that way but do you read the papers and follow the news. Protecting our children is the number one priority. Could you come up with a better way to do that? I am very proud Panther Creek has implemented the security procedures they have in place. Keep up the good work staff and faculty. There are still a lot of us out here that would like to be part of your solution rather then add to the problems (that all schools have).

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2009
The school is overcrowded. The administration is overwhelmed and is having a problem coping with the difficult situation. The non-honors' classes contains disruptive students which makes for a difficult learning environment. I would not recommend sending your child to this school unless the student is in honors' classes

- submitted by a teacher
January 15, 2009
The teachers are excellent and hold the students to a high standard (I actually think the classes are more rigorous than at near by, higher rated Green Hope) The administration is not so great and the school has a fortress like atmosphere--I never feel welcomed when I come into the school. The over crowding (about 500 over capacity) has caused my son a lot of stress--it is not pleasant being in the building.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 18, 2008
Panther Creek has good teachers, but poor principals. It is also extremely overcrowded. The school facility itself is nice. There are frequent fights and rumors of weapons; my son, a junior, does not feel safe attending Panther Creek.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 04, 2008
Leadership lacks, principal and assistant principal are too strict. You have to ask permission before doing ANYTHING at this school; no face paints during games, no posters, no balloons during birthdays! All they care about is work, work, and more work! I also agree with the comment about the school have a very stressful environment. Students are always stressed about exams, games, finals. I love the idea of SMART lunch, but have clubs and help sessions is crazy at that time.

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 12, 2008
The principal is horrible. He is out of touch with the students. The atmosphere at the school is very stressful, especially now that is so over crowed. The prinicpal does not encourage parent involvement. The teachers are great. Not very welcoming when you enter the main office, they seem uncomfortable and unfriendly with visitors.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 28, 2008
We were very excited about going to Panther Creek when it first opened. My daughter was a freshman at the time. I was one of their biggest advocates. Things have changed. My daughter is entering 11th grade and we still struggle with the administration. Every year it seems we have issues. Different ones but still issues that do not get resolved in a timely manner. I know they are struggling with the school being over crowded already in its first full school year and I can feel for them but they need a lot of work in satisfying parents and being so rigid. Atleast my daughter only has two years left.

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August 21, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating August 19, 2008
A parent complained of being stopped in another review, but that's an important safety measure. Visitors are required to sign in with their driver's license where a mini-background check is run and a picture nametag is issued. Do you want anyone allowed to enter whenever they please? I feel safe, but I don't feel like I could talk to the intimidating administration. PDAs are given more attention than drugs or stealing. Compared to other schools, PC does not have major crime problems. The administration's horrible. Teachers are much more encouraging and involved with students, especially during SMART lunch (a great idea). My parents researched when we moved here last year and gave me the choice of which school to go to in NC. I chose PC with no regrets. I would recommend it to anyone. Academics, sports, amazing teachers, and great kids definitely outweigh the cons.

- submitted by a student
August 12, 2008
Its a good school but leadership is lacking. The principal is not the best principal in the world. He keeps the school in good shape but some of the rules are just ridiculous. SMART lunch was a great addition. If you're a parent and have questions you can email me.

- submitted by a student
July 29, 2008
I am a parent of a rising 12th grader at PCHS. My daughter's experience at this school has been a very positive one. My husband and I feel that the administration is great. They do enforce the rules which we are thankful for. The staff is always available and willing to help any student or parent with a concern. We rate Mr. Nelson and his highly qualified as EXCELLENT! They are always willing to go above and beyond to meet the needs of all students. We are most thankful to have our daughter at this wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 25, 2008
I am a rising junior at this school. I feel that it is definitely making progress. The teachers can be a little weak sometimes, but are generally pretty good. I don't really think that the clubs are that good. I can never really seem to find a club whose officers actually seem to keep the club running through the year. Not just at the beginning. Hopefully that the school will make even more progress and become an even better school.

- submitted by a student
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no rating June 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2008
As far as school spirit goes, it's getting a lot better. There's always going to be those kids who wanted to go to a different school, but that's not a big deal. The rest of the school is great. We have a great sports program and our students go to the games and support our teams. The 07/08 basketball team(with out Seniors) won the Tri-8 Conference Championship Tournament. Students packed our bleachers at pretty much every home game. The teachers at PC are some of the best in the state. This year we had the Wake County Teacher of the Year award given to a teacher at PC. The school has exceeded every expectation I had when it opened, and in my opinion it is the best school, as far as education, sports, and overall atmosphere in Wake County. So if you are looking for a school, PC is awesome.

- submitted by a student
June 18, 2008
I am going to be a senior at PCHS and I am actually proud to say this. I've been at Panther Creek since it opened, my sophomore year. Overall the school is great. There are always problems with schools, some more then others. Our principal is not seen very much, but he is a busy guy who is trying to run a pretty large high school. Until this past year our principal had stayed pretty much unseen, similar to Charlie from Charlie's Angels, you only ever heard them over the speaker. This year he seemed to make an attempt to be out in the halls with the students, which I think is great. He may be a verbose man with a little temper sometimes, not often, but in all of my interactions with him, he has been nice. I am out of words so look under this for more.

- submitted by a student
May 27, 2008
My child is a ninth grader at the school. I have come to the school several time, thinking that I could see how she was functional during a norma day and i was stopped at the front door and couln't go futher. Why? The school atsmophere doesn't seem to very very welcoming to the parents. The staff, I staff seems to not be to friendly, atleast the ones I encounterd. Let the parents assist you in your work. They actually may have a lot of good ideas. I do feel the school has potential, but it has alot of work to do. There are not alot of diversity at the school nor extral activities that caters to the small group of diversity that you have there. If you don't know what to do with the children, let the parents in to help!.

- submitted by a parent
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- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2008
When i first came to pc i hated it. My junior year has gotten better. Over all i think that school is getting better, however I don't always agree with the principal. He is very strict and at times i kind of feel that i am in like a prison with all of the 'policies' that he has in place. I don't see the principal a lot and that is a shame because i have always viewed a principal as some one that you could ask a question or you could have a conversation with. Most of the teachers are great and teach well. The core classes are fine but the choice of electives can be a little poor with a large group of them on the business oriented. I wished that they would offer a bigger selection that would allow students to explore different experiences.

- submitted by a student
March 15, 2008
I go to PC, and I am a junior. It's a strict school, in fact, the strictest school in Wake county, but it doesn't really affect too much for me. I am involved in many activities and think that the teachers are some of the best. And to respond to a previous parents complain, there isn't a non-elementary school in the world that allows a parent to sit in a class during school, much less a non elementary student in the world who wants it to be their parent.

- submitted by a student
March 12, 2008
I am a parent of a ninth grader. I do like the school but I think that the school policy that parents can go pass the office is little to strict. I undestand the protection that they are trying to incorporate, but I would also like to see what my schild is doing during the day, not during an open house where the day is over, but during the actually setting where the teachere are teaching the kids not the parents, I want to see how the children actually function during the day. I have been to the school and spotted my child close enough for me to call her out and I was almost blocked off my staff. What is the problem with parents walking your hall ways and actually sitting inthe classroom with the children. I want to see if the teachers and the children are doing their jobs!

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2008
As a parent of a 10th grader who has been at the school since its opening, I can say that the school is starting to feel more like a regular high school since there are now juniors. Next year will tell the real story, since it will be filled to capacity. The administration is still a bit too rigid, but they are doing a good job. The teachers are excellent, and the SMART lunch this year is a great idea. Plenty of extracurriculars, but I'm sure there will be more in years to come. Overall, I feel that my daughter is getting a great education, as I feel she would in most Wake County high schools.

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January 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2007
im a 9th grader at PCHS and i think its pretty good. the only problem is that its too big.

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Panther Creek High
6770 McCrimmon Parkway, Cary, NC  27519
(919) 463-8656
Last modified Panther Creek High is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Panther Creek High Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 66 reviews.