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6800 Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC 28212

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(980) 343-6430
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May 11, 2015
East Meck is an amazingly diverse community of students with faculty that truly care. Especially with the IB program, students are given global perspectives in the classroom concerning real issues that we will face in our futures. I had my doubts about East Meck going in because of its "bad" reputation from incidents that occurred many years ago, but that reputation is slowly but surely going away, as it should. I have experienced nothing but happiness at this school and I am so grateful to have gone to a school with diversity. Learning at East Meck extends beyond the classroom, and my four years there have really shaped me into who I am as a person today. Go Eagles! Best school in the CMS school system!

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September 10, 2014
East Meck has always been considered a vibrant and strong part of the cms system but can sometimes be referred to the quote "bad" school from incidents years and years ago when the lines were redrawn. Going in I though maybe it was based on all of the things I was told by friends going to Providence or Myers Park, but I quickly learned what made a great school. The East Mecklenburg family is a very diverse group of strong and intelectual individuals that strive to better the community and challenge themselves in everyday actions. Coming from being a part of it's well known IB program, I made many life long friends and learned more about how to be open to more ideas and how to be a better well rounded person. East Meck not only embraces the idea of equality and world culture but rather the idea that experiences go a lot longer that the books you read or the papers you write. My 4 years at East Mecklenburg helped evolve me into a college student, open to the many ideas life will begin to throw towards me. The East Meck education embodies critical thinking and analyzation as well as encompacing global aspects to give a more well rounded education.

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August 10, 2014
Great school! I was fortunate to attend high school here, after having been stuck in the Christian school system for elementary and middle school. What a relief! How glad I am that I got exposed to real education and diverse people before I went to college! East Mecklenburg has a great variety of AP and IB classes, with some wonderful teachers at the helm. I entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with 25 credit hours, thanks to my wonderful AP classes that really prepared me for the tests. Students here are open and friendly, with groups mixing relatively easily. I may not have been a "popular" kid, but I never felt unpopular or unwanted. For the first time in my life, East Meck exposed me to diversity both in culture and in education. Both were MILES better than my Christian school experiences, and I strongly discourage Charlotte parents from sending their kids to Christian schools. Maybe you'll worry about East Meck's location or the fact that it's not the richest public school in Charlotte, but that's a baseless worry. If your child is motivated, there are as many opportunities for them here as Myers Park or Independence or any other public school.

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May 12, 2014
I have one son that attended and graduated from East Meck in 2013. He was not in the IB program but excelled academically. East Meck offered sufficient honors classes and AP classes to satisfy our needs. He was accepted into every college he applied to including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and NC State. He just finished his freshman year at NC State in mechanical engineering. He was on the Dean's List both semesters! My son was well prepared for college based on the education he received from East Meck. It is not necessary to be in the IB program unless that is something your child really wants to do. I have seen so many kids struggle in IB and not enjoy their high school years at all. It is not necessary if they take Honors classes and AP classes. No school is perfect -- not private or public. All schools have some issue that you will have to deal with as a parent. My son transferred from Vance High School to East Meck during his freshman year. That was the best move we could have made. The student body is very diverse and they stress respect for all. Not much fighting but it does happen. The administrators respond appropriately. Good School!

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March 20, 2012
This school is pretty good. I am a current freshman in the IB program at East Meck and I like it so far. It is definitely better than most schools and most of the teachers are extremely dedicated to making sure that we not only get promoted, but we graduate.

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May 21, 2011
I am disappointed so far with the education my daughter has received at East Meck. She is completing her sophomore year and I am shocked at the lack of homework my child has brought home in the past two years. Her grades are slightly above average with minimal effort because I don't believe they expect enough from their students. There are other issues I have as well with the school, like she only takes 4 classes per semester, but I believe those are CMS issues and not the school's. If you can send your child to another school- or even to a private school- I highly recommend it.

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June 15, 2010
I have a daughter who graduated last year from East and received a good education and got into all of her choice colleges. I also have a rising junior in the IB program at East. As with any public school, you may be dissatisfied with one or two teachers. But overall you won't find a more caring staff. The students are very accepting. I think East is a special place where there is no "in group" of students. The new Principal, Mr. Parker, is very energetic. East has a IB program and will soon be an Academy of Engineering school. It has a lot to offer.

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October 05, 2009
We are on our 6th year of a kid at East Meck - and we remain happy with every aspect of the school. Teachers and administrators are great - people who work here want to be here. Student population is a great diverse group - an important aspect that we were looking for in a school. Our two children have had chosen completely different paths at school - and both have been successful.

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October 03, 2009
dedicated teachers, great academics, positive attitudes always

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January 26, 2009
My daughter graduated from East in 2007. She was neither an AP student or a trouble maker. She was an average student and disappeared among the staff and administration. No on knew her name because she did not cause trouble or make the school 'great' with her academic achievements. She was constantly bullied and called names to which administration's reply was 'we can't stop it!' Would I ever recommend this school - no way! Am I glad my daughter is out of this school - absolutely! My daughter volunteered numerous hours in the community and at her church. She made the school better because of her attendance there. Yet she was invisible to those in charge!

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October 31, 2008
As a parent, I wish I had trusted a research-based evaluation of this school. It is easy to fall victim to a small group of virulent PR experts working hard to 'put lipstick on a pig'. My earlier review of the school was not posted, but it is a great school system but without choices in high schools. I should have looked at the numbers before sending my children to East. A very small PTA; over 30% of kids dropouts; very small number of kids taking AP TESTS; very small number of parents involved- all homogenous, and alot of whom are related. Look at the number of kids from nearby who go to private schools... there are alot; communication with parents is not encouraged- they think the kids should just sink or swim. Fine if your never sinks.

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October 30, 2008
I have been an East Meck parent for eight years now and my kids have not only had great educational experiences but have truly loved being here. The principal, Mark Nixon and his wonderful staff and teachers truly care about the kids and their education. The school is so safe and secure unlike what outsiders hear on the news - my kids have never been afraid to be on campus. If you happen to be there during the day and walk the campus during classes, there are no kids roaming the halls and you could hear a pin drop. The staff does a wonderful job in making sure that the kids are where they need to be. The diverse population works at East...we are the reigning 4A NC State Basketball champs, our football team is headed for another successful year, the IB program is one of the best...EM is great!

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August 04, 2008
Unfortunately, I was only able to attend East Meck for one year. However, East has given me the best year of my life. Thanks to my amazing teachers and my even more amazing principle, my sophmore year is one I will never forget.

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June 16, 2008
The Music Program rocks. My son is on the Marching bands. 'Go Eagles'. His being on the band has made a big difference in his life. He is a rising Senior and East is his school.

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June 13, 2008
I am a rising senior at East Meck and I have attended this school all 3 years since I entered highschool. I love East Meck. This school is very diverse and I would suggest to any parent or student to send their child to East Meck. Also our 2007-2008 basketball team did win state championships as well. They are great. East Meck has its downfall as all schools do, but with the principal and administration everything turns out to be fine in the end. I love East Meck and I am really going to miss it next year.

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March 13, 2008
East Mecklenburg is a wonderful school. I love going here and the administration/students are the best. Its like one big family. The sports, arts, and overall educational programs are amazing.

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December 28, 2007
This school has a strong visual arts department, with dedicated and talented teachers!

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November 29, 2007
We just moved here from Florida and I was a little worried about the school, but after a couple of months I am very pleased with the faculty in the IB program, I think they are challenging my daughter everyday to work hard with excellence. There is also lots of involvement in sports and clubs. I mostly like the diversity on the student body, allowing them to learn about different cultures around the world.

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November 27, 2007
i think that this is a awesome school for students to be protected from harms way and they have an excellent ROTC program

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October 22, 2007
My family and I just moved here from another state and I was a little leary about sending my child here because I knew the atmosphere would be different considering we came from a predominantly white school. So far I am impressed with East Meck. I think she is being challenged more academically. She is meeting a lot of positive people and even being challenged playing basketball(which she enjoys playing). I think this is a wonderful school to consider if you are planning on moving here or changing to a different school.

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August 20, 2007
My daughters are 2005 and 2007 graduates of East Meck. They had great educational experiences, and the school offered opportunities to particpate in a wide range of activities. Mr. Nixon is totally committed to making the school and all students successful, and the staff is outstanding.

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August 14, 2007
i was a student at east meck and although the teachers are great educators, the schools adminstration isnt that good.. i would probbly think twice before ever going back to this school.

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March 25, 2007
Although this school has many fine points, it has SO many bad points they cancel out the good points. I have never seen or meet Mr. Nixon in person. When I was registered, they gave me my classes and nothing else. No dress code, nothing. Don't get me wrong, this is still a pretty OK school and its finer points have been pointed out by others, but before decieding to send your child to this school talk to other STUDENTS, not PARENTS.

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February 06, 2007
I have two children at East Merck. My son is a senior. My daughter is in the 10th grade. I cannot say in less than 150 words how wonderful East Meck is. Mr. Nixon is by far the greatest Principal I have ever been in contact with. Both of my children have been very fortunate in always having the best Teachers! And they have both had different teachers along their journey at East Meck. You cannot go wrong any Teacher you get and we have never had to request a change. I will never forget when my son came to me in his 1st year at East and could not believe Mr. Nixon knew his when greeting him to school that morning! What a difference this makes to students when the Principal is able to greet all students by name. You can expect nothing but the best at East Meck!

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March 03, 2006
I am not a parent of any student who attends EM. I am instead a student who once attended. I went to EM the first two years of my highschool career. Those two years were one of the best years of my life. The teachers are amazing and truly love their work. Teachers will go out thier way to help students with anything they're in need of help with. The school is filled with school spirit and truly diversed.

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February 15, 2006
My oldest daughter graduated from East Meck. Her success in college is because of the excellent education she received at East. My other daughter is presently a student at East Meck, and she too has had an ooutstanding academic experience with teachers who care. Mark Nixon is an excellent Principal who provides a great setting for learning and a safe campus. East provides a competitive school experience, but allows all the opportunity to compete. I do not hesitate to recommend East Meck to those wanting an oustanding education in a caring environment.

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December 16, 2005
I have a daughter in the 11th grade at East and another who will enter into the 9th grade next year. East Meck is one of the best high schools around. Students not only learn 'book smarts' here but they learn to live with and understand people who are from diffrent races, religions and backgrounds than their own. This will help make more productive adults out of the next generation.

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October 05, 2005
I have a sophmore girl attending East Mecklenburg. We have moved around a lot and this year we were going to move out of East Meck school district and when I told her of the move she balled her eyes out. My Daughter was never the Crying type but when I told her she would make new friends she said it wasnt that. She said that She learns at East. That she was happy. East Mecklenburg is an excellent school. I always recieve information, Progress reports, etc. I can Honestly say that East Mecklenburg is a wonderful school With an excellent campus, staff, and student body! Go Eagles!

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July 21, 2004
I have a daughter in the 11th grade at East. East Meck is an incredible school! The staff are excellent and provide tutoring and enrichment after school. The past two years have been the best school years of her life. Teachers are kind and allow students the chance to take risks without ridicule. My daughters self-esteem has increased tremendously and she has become very active in after school activities. The school has a wonderful diversity of races, religions, and abilities both mental and physical. The school population mimics the real world in which my duaghter will work in one day. Students are kind and accepting of one another and 'clicks' that are found in many other local high schools are virually non-existant at East Meck. East Meck is a place you can go and be yourself while still feeling accepted by everyone around you. The principal and staff are excellent!

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East Mecklenburg High
6800 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC  28212
(980) 343-6430
Last modified East Mecklenburg High is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
East Mecklenburg High Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top