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Gatesville, NC
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88 U.S. 158
Gatesville, NC 27938

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(252) 357-0720
(252) 357-2058
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May 25, 2010
My daughter will be graduating this year and she has done very well here. The teachers are willing to work with each child to promote their best abilities. GCHS is a small school with great teachers. The only thing the school is lacking is the communication within the office. The administration is very unwilling to perform any administrative duties. Communication between the school and parents is VERY lacking. Notifications are not sent home in a timely manner from the office, if at all. The teachers are prompt at sending progress reports and notices home on the other hand. I would have to say GCHS is slightly above average when it comes to an overall rating.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 04, 2009
The pride that the kids are instilled with in their various activities and sports is incredible. There are some talented kids in Gates County and they deserve to have the resources neceassary to help them excel and know that they can achieve anything that they can dream.

- submitted by a parent
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June 17, 2009
This school was great. I just graduated this past spring. Most of the teachers I had really cared about me and were concerned with me getting good grades. This school offers four AP courses which is really good for such a small school, and all of the AP teachers are well qualified to teach them. The distance learning program is probably the best thing out there. Where else will you be able to receive college credit at no cost? My four years at Gates County High School were great and now I look forward to going off to better things.

- submitted by a community member
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December 16, 2008
GCHS is a great school that has provided my son with a wonderful education. For a small, rural school it offers many advanced placement courses and opportunities to take courses through the locall community college system. Because of these opportunities my son will enter NC State with 12 college credit hours. for the most part the faculty and staff have the best interest of my son at heart. As with all professions there are some teachers who should consider other fields of employment but overall our experience has been a positive one.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 19, 2008
My daughter is a Junior this year and she has been doing wonderful at this school. The teachers seem to be doing their jobs since she has been either on the principal's list or honor roll the entire time she has been at GCHS. We moved from Va. Beach to Gates County and the school seems to be right in line with the larger schools. I am pleased with this schools academics but the extra curricular could use a few more activities for the students.

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2008
The lack of clssses offered within certain guided programs such as the artist and construction programs has some serious problems. Many of the classes in these career proograms are no ling in existance. More music, business classes and a variety of art classes would allow the the expansion of growth for individuals who are not in to agriculture. I am not saying that any one program is bad, but stand behind the career goals your offer. I am sure most teachers would agree.

- submitted by a parent

September 15, 2008
What a change, after several years of Central Middle School, GCHS is wonderful. It's great to have teachers who talk to you with concern and respect! I have a son who graduated in 2005 and is now a senior in college planning on chiropractic college. He was well prepared after GCHS. I have 2 more children there now. I too would like to see more extracurricular activities to choose from but having my children in a smaller, closer, more caring school is worth it.

- submitted by a parent

September 02, 2008
Okay, I have read all the reviews about GCHS. Apparently, those who had negative comments must have been disgruntal parents or students. I am a 1985 graduate of GCHS and attended NC State University. At that time GCHS was behind on math and did not have the advance level courses as they do now. Now there are Honors classes, AP courses, lots of electives, and a wide variety of sports. Folks have to remember that this is a very small county and this school offers quite a bit considering the area we are located. Not many schools offers electives as Drama, Dance, Art, and we even have specific courses geared toward career pathways. I have a daughter who is Freshman this year, and I am totally impressed with what GCHS offers. The staff is excellent and willing to go the extra mile, BUT, the parents play a role as well!

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2008
2008 - Principal recently quit. Numerous teacher problems (unfair bias/prejudicy and subjective grading practices). School is very poor with limited sports programs ( No Track & Field, Gymnastics, Band...) Not recommended for students with high potential who need appropriate guidance. Administratively, they're the worst. No one at the school wants to do their job (Lack of Leadership) requiring extensive parental involvement to manage course changes, grade corrections, etc. Avoid this school if at all possible.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 08, 2008
My daughter is a freshman at the school. The school needs to offer another foreign language. I applaud Mrs. Toti for the outstanding job she is doing in the drama program and for promoting the arts in general. My daughter only seems happy when she is involved in one of her plays.

- submitted by a parent

May 05, 2008
I left GCHS before I graduated to go back to Virginia. It was hard to adjust to a drastic change - city to country - but as much drama as there was in Gates County, it is just as much drama in any high school, no matter where they're from. So blame trouble on Virginians, or to be more realistic, just blame it on the nature of teenagers. I look back on very fond memories of GCHS, the teachers and classes were all good. The informal friendly setting is what I found to nurture the best teacher-student relationships, because it leads to student cooperation. But true, it doesn't prepare you for dealing with snobby, unfriendly university professors who wear their Ph.D.s on their sleeves.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
February 18, 2008
I think there is a lack of Admin and Teaching Staff communicating. It you are a team you have to work as a team and not a solo artist and the current Admin and Staff are doing just that. The right hand does not know what the left hand is doing and it affects communication to Parents and Students.

- submitted by a parent

November 30, 2007
i graduated from gchs last year and i did like it for the most part. There are a few outstanding teachers, but the rest could use some work. I did find the three AP teachers to be my favorite, Mrs. T Campbell, Mrs. Conner and Mrs. MacLawhorn. These AP classes were by far the most helpful to me now that I'm in college. All of the honors courses were usually a joke. My one regret is that much of the time the teachers were easy on us and that didn't help very much in my adjustment to college. There are not that many resources at gchs but that is only because they are a small school. Only having 1 foreign language is rediculous! After comparing gchs to other schools i would say that they are average.

- submitted by a community member

October 20, 2007
I am a freshman at GCHS, and i love the school. The teachers are great,and will help you when ever you need it. My favorite teacher at GCHS would so have to be Mrs. Lisa Ward, she teaches my Health Team Relations class. Yeah, to pass her class you have to do a lot of work,and yea it takes a lot of studying, but it's worth it.

- submitted by a student

September 29, 2007
This school isn't the greatest when it comes to resources, I have to be honest. Right now Spanish is the ONLY language you can learn. Our class size is getting enormous and the fact that everyone knows each other creates many problems. On the flip side, the teacher quality is excellent. With the exception of one or two teachers, I have never had problem with any of them. They all really do try to help.

- submitted by a student

August 09, 2007
I am a student at Gates County High School and I am also an athlete. When it comes to academics, our school is definetely above average. Our teachers work their hardest to provide us with an apt amount of knowledge to help us succeed later on in our life. I truly care about my school Let's Go Barons!!!

- submitted by a student

April 01, 2007
Well, as a former student at GCHS, I can't complain about it too much. The teachers were nice to me and helped me when I needed help. Some of the rules were a little messed up, but overall the school was good.

- submitted by a student

February 22, 2007
I currently go to this school, and I am a Junior.This school has awesome teachers! Every teacher I have ever had has gone out their way to help me when I needed it. Of course every school has problem makers, but honestly there is always someone who will go to test the rules and make it hard on others! Its life, and life is not fair. You just have to be smart enough to not let little things bother you. Trust me , I KNOW!Plus I have NEVER EVER liked history, until I took Mr. Evans for history. He is an awesome teacher, and for once in my whole entire life I have a high 'A' in US History! He really makes the topic interesting and makes you laugh 24-7 in the process.Mr.s Gatling (the English teacher) is the same way.

- submitted by a student

October 02, 2006
I am a former graduate of Gates County High. Since graduating a few years ago I have completed my under graduate degree and I am currently finishing up my masters degree. The school a few years ago was great when I left. Teachers care about their students and will give help them if they ask for it. extracurricular activities are not great but the school only has around 500 students. There were only 3 AP classes when I was at GCHS. I took only 2 of them and still managed to get into a major university. The only problem with the school is that alot of people not from Gates County move in from Virginia and sometimes bring problem students in. If you enroll in honors and AP courses you will not have any of them in your classes.

- submitted by a student

May 08, 2006
Okay so I'm a recent graduate of Gates County High School and personally I think it's the best I've seen. I went to BETA Convention my sophmore year. I was standing in the elevator. Another student asked me where I was from. Upon telling him he replied, ' oh so you're the smart people.' Our school has high standards and it's visible. I've learned so much, teachers have become and influence on my life and I often visit them now. I couln't have asked for a better school to attend. Rules are rules and without them where would we be. If students didn't skip, spend time fighting, or neglect their responsabilities the tardy policy would be different. In my opinion the reasons for the tardy policy are due to the lack of discipline and importance of priorities in the home.

- submitted by a student

January 11, 2006
My daughter goes to this school and I could not be happier. I went to school in Newportnews and I must say that the quality here is 10 times better! The teachers that I have encountered have all been very professional and fair. I do feel that in the area of sports, we could spend a little more time and money on coaching. Sports is a great way to keep our youth occupied and to have some competitivness in us is healthy.

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2005
The school system in North Carolina(Gates High) in particular is the worst I have ever seen. It lacks Foreign Language programs and all it seems to want to contend to is trouble maker students.

- submitted by a student

December 15, 2004
This School is ridiculous, you would never want to send your child here they would drop out.

- submitted by a student

July 25, 2004
Last year was my sons first year at Gates HS. I have to say that I was very Impressed with the staff and the entire school.I felt that they were very much involved in helping me to achive the best education for my son.My son was having a hard time with one of his classes, I went to the school expecting to have to set up an appointment to meet with the teacher. Instead,the teacher was quickly replaced with a sub. and came directly to the office to assist me. I've also had no problem with trying to speake with the principal or councelor. It made me and my husband feel like our son's education was important to them, the way they handeled situations so quickly.Also I felt the students were friendly and much more mature, than those in the Norf. Schools. We are looking forward to this coming school year.

- submitted by a parent

March 12, 2004
Okay first to start with some of the rules at GCHS are kind of dumb. I agree with the person about the tardy rule being unfair, it really is. On the other hand, we have friendly staff and most of the teachers are awesome. Since the school is rural and there aren't a lot of students teachers can become really close to their students. Sometimes the teachers can become a student's bestfriend. Although there are only 4 AP classes, you must remember, we are out in the middle of nowhere, and we're doing the best we can. I do believe that the school system should look into expanding the classes that GCHS currently offers and the pathways. I love going to GCHS. I've met some really nice people and I've met some really not-so-nice people, but you will get that at every school. It's a great place to go.

- submitted by a student

September 17, 2003
Prior comments were obviously by a disgruntled parent or student. My former husband and I, our six combined siblings, our friends, and our two children all went there. Graduates have done extremely well and have participated in numerous extracurricula and cocurricular activities. Students have won many national honors and many scholarships. Graduates include doctors, lawyers, CEOs, a movie producer, university professors and staff, school superintendents, entreprenures, global performers in fine arts. For a small rural high school, course offerings are above average by comparison with schools of like size. Student achievement ranks higher than all the districts in the profile on this site and the school is ranked 'exemplary' by the state board of education. This comment is from an educator from the GCHS class of 1967 who knows a majority of the former students, former and current staff, and the state of education throughout NC and the nation. Students get out of education what they put into it! GCHS is a great place to raise your children and to prepare them for the future!

- submitted by a parent

May 13, 2003
Most, although not all, teachers fail to understand how to actually approach materials and teach them to the students. An extreme lack of classes are available in the school; only four classes are available for preparation for AP exams. Most elective classes focus on some sort of vocational topic. Many organizations or clubs are partially neglected as well. In fact, during my son's freshman year, the principal said that he could either play baseball or compete in state quiz bowl finals. Evidently, one may not be extracurricularly active except for in one thing at a time--at least from the principal's point of view. Safety and discipline are not usually handled well; a problem may be addressed and soon after ignored. In addition, the counselors might as well be absent. A lack of interest toward their students within the counseling department leaves students on their own completely to find information. Procrastication is also a problem.

- submitted by a community member

May 07, 2003
Principal suspends students after 1 tardy to class. Unfair, unfair and unfair!

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Gates County Senior High
88 U.S. 158, Gatesville, NC  27938
(252) 357-0720
Last modified Gates County Senior High is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Gates County Senior High Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top