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Hickory Ridge High

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Posted April 6, 2014

Hickory Ridge is a great high school. We moved here in the middle of our last child's high school years, and have been very happy with the school. Teachers have a concern for their students, the school is academically strong, and the facility is great. Overall, we're very pleased our daughter is a HRHS Ragin' Bull!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2013

I am a senior at hickory ridge high school. I have gone through three years of one principal and now we are in our first year with our new principal. My first three years were so so. The administration acts like we are all criminals and our old principal walked around the school like he was a jail guard or something. There was never any communication between students and administration. When I walked by I was just stared at like I did something wrong. I was scared to go near any of our principals and I don't think I actually ever said one word to any of them. This year is different with our new principal. She makes an effort to smile and say good morning when I walk through the front doors. It may not sound like much but that was a huge difference in the way that I view school. She is much higher in school spirit and I feel like she really cares about the individual student not test scores. On the other hand most of the teachers here are amazing. I will miss a lot of them when I go to college. There is no dynasty in any of the sports here but most are pretty competitive each year. Anyways, this school is ten times better now than it was three years ago.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 28, 2013

It's only the 4th day of school and I am having a blast at Hickory Ridge. They are very strict about a lot of things, but it's not to be mean but to make sure the school is a safe environment and create quality individuals. All of my teachers are fantastic and there's a class for everyone! They seriously have a wide variety of classes. It was hard for me to plan my schedule! Especially in bullying situations the school enforces a safe environment as much as possible. They are serious about academics. They give you a lot of freedoms here and give you lots of responsibility, but it's all worth it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 26, 2012

Hello, I am a student currently attending Hickory Ridge High School and i definately find this school to be unsatisfactory. The punishments are way too strict to the point where we have had to protest, uch as our very recent LetNirajWalk where we fought for a kid who was told he could not walk at graduation. We won, this to me shows that we as teh student body have had enough and are tired of our principals ridiclous punishments and are unfortunately forced to take action. during our protest Channel 9 News here in Charlotte, NC took notice and was going to help us and when that happened he agreed to let Niraj walk. If you are a parent moving to this area and are fooled by our test scores do not go for it the school itself is not the high school that my parents told me would be so great and if you already moved here and are attending.... transfer.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 15, 2011

My children attend Hickory Ridge High and I have not been happy with the administration/staff at all. I feel my children are treated as potential test scores rather than students. We decided to move to Harrisburg based on the test scores and school ratings; however we regret not looking into other aspects of the school instead of relying solely on State Test Scores. My child was a scholar athlete and received no recognition from the school with the exception of being told to purchase his patch for his letter jacket in the school office.This school has potential if the administration would realize a great school is much more than good test scores. The environment at Hickory Ridge is more like a correctional institution rather than a High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2011

I'm a senior this year at Hickory Ridge, and I've spent all four years here. The school is very strict, and it's maybe a little too academic oriented. We only have a couple pep-rallies a year, one of which is usually focused on academics (how fun!). And two dances, Homecoming and Prom. I always pictured high school as having a ton of dances and pep-rallies and school spirit, but i don't see that here. While it's not really a fun school, I have gotten a good education. As for the focusing on the EOCs, I don't think teachers can help that much, since they are required by the state. Many have been taken away this year, like Civics, so there should be less of a test focus in a few classes. But, the teachers here really do work hard and they're all good at their job. I feel like I've received a great education here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 15, 2011

I started going here my freshman year (i am now a junior) and i was really exited and I had heard really good things about it...I was so wrong. The people there are extremely stuck up. The administration is strict and don't care about anything but test scores. I fortunately am leaving the school this year, along with a bunch of others.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 22, 2011

Our son will be in the first graduating class to go through all four years at Hickory Ridge. We are very pleased with the education he has received.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2009

Hickory Ridge High School is a school that cares. People seem to complain about all of the rules that the school has, but if you are not a trouble-maker it does not matter what the rules are! You should just be happy that you have a school that has amazing teachers that want to help you, new facilities, and a place to feel safe.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 12, 2009

I have been teaching for over 10 years in several different schools in NC. HRHS is by far the best. Administration is supportive of teachers and has the best interest of the students as a top priority. I work with an excellent staff!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 21, 2009

I started school here as a Junior. I wasnt excited to be leaving Central half way through at all. I thought everything was going to be terrible. I was very wrong. This school is outstanding. I found The new breath of fresh air was very relaxing. Being able to walk down larger halls, and to be in a school whos ac/heat actualy worked was wonderful. Regardless of what many think about the staff, such as the Principal, They are always looking out for whats best. Yes things can be strict, but in the end the lack or problems allows this school to do more than others. The Technology is very advanced, and the students should be appreciative of what they have. Coming from an older school with MUCH less, to Hickory Ridge really opened my eyes to how fortunate we all are. I've since graduated and still appreciate HRHS


Posted September 15, 2009

Ive been at this school since 10th grade and its ok i guess. I think i liked central a lot better b/c a lot of my friends were there and everyone was more school spirited.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 24, 2009

This school was new last year. I came in as a sophmore from a high school i loved because every body their had a certain bond with each other. But at the ridge I feel out of placed and uneasy. The staff is super controlling to the point that he gives the d.j. at the 1 dance we had a list of songs he wants to hear. It just doesn't feel like high school anymore
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 18, 2009

I entereted HRHS as a freshman its first year and believed I was very lucky to have the chance to go to a school with so many advantagous qualities. It only took a few months for my opinion to change to the direct opposite. HRHS may have nice equipment, but I would much rather be at a school were I did not feel like I was a criminal for things I do not even do than a school that just had nice technology... which let's face it, Smartboards are redudent anyway. I can not believe I am going to be stuck at this horrible place for another two years and advise anyone rising freshmen who considers any doubts about HRHS to appeal and go to a different school while you still can.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 16, 2008

I have attended this school since it was opened in 2007. I started last year with a very open mind, and decided i would give it a chance. After attending the first semester, everything became very clear. The principle is over controlling and very rude, and some of the teachers are too. The faculty is stuck on being in a new school with all new technology that they don't even really know how to use, and arn't really focusing on what matters, which is teaching the students. Everday at this school is a miserable experience that I wish i didn't have to go through.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 20, 2008

this is my second year attending hickory ridge and so far i like it i think the teachers do a great job when i came from my old school in Maryland i wasn't doing to good there but ever since i haven't failed a single class and all my grades are good! i think there could be a few changes with some of the social events but otherwise its a great school you just here people complain to complain
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 28, 2008

incredible school. Very responsive to my questions and concerns. The teachers are good and do a great job (unless you ask my son, he says there is too much homework) Great job so far!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2008

As with any new organization, this school has some kinks to work out. My experiences with the administration get mixed reviews--I think the school principal is on a power trip. As a parent, I expect that all of the administration be accessible and responsive. I have attempted to contact him on three separate occasions about three separate/unrelated matters, and he doesn't even have the courtesy to return phone calls. Instead, he delegates to his junior staff members to handle parent calls/complaints. My answer to that is this: if I wanted to talk to an assistant principal or some other staff member, I would have contacted them first. I am calling him because I want to speak to him, not one of his representatives. Sure, if I was trying to call the President I would expect to hear back from a staff aid, but not for a school principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2008

I honestly hate this school I was transfered here from Robinson and everyday spent here has been a miserable one. The adminstaration is controlling and I feel as I have not respected or given an oppturnity to grow. Some teacher are nice but many are also controlling. Being a jr. if have come to love my high school career over the past two yrs but this year has definatly been one I could done without.
—Submitted by a student


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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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Reading

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.

370 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%
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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Reading

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Science

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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.

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.

269 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
85%
Algebra II

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

287 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
>95%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 46% in 2013.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%
Civics and Economics

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

374 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%
English I

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

386 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%
English II

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

364 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%
Physical Science

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

141 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%
United States History

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

313 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%
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

All Students41%
Female41%
Male41%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracial30%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities9%
Non-disabled students45%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English41%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant41%
Academically gifted94%

Biology

All Students68%
Female64%
Male71%
Black48%
Asian79%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial71%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities10%
Non-disabled students71%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%
Academically gifted-95%

English II

All Students69%
Female71%
Male67%
Black51%
Asian71%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial69%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students73%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
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 70% 52%
Black 18% 26%
Hispanic 5% 14%
Asian 4% 3%
Two or more races 3% 4%
American Indian 1% 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 21%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Michelle Cline
Fax number
  • (704) 454-7330

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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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
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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7321 Raging Ridge Road
Harrisburg, NC 28075
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