Students enrolled 864
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School leader Mr Joseph Poletti
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District Carteret County Public Schools
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Cougar Way
Newport, NC 28570

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3 stars
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June 17, 2014
Croatan High School is an excellent school. My grandson, who will be a Junior when classes resume in August, 2014, is doing quite well academically and loves the social fit. Teachers, for the most part, are compassionate and quite versed on the subjects they teach.

- submitted by a community member
May 22, 2014
I moved my family here so that my son could attend Croatan High School and I am so glad we made the move! In his previous schools , the focus was always on test scores and learning how to pass the test....this caused more anxiety and frustration for both the student and parents...the schools failed because they didn't teach the actual content of the course..just how to pass tests. At Croatan, the students are actually learning more, embracing the challenges to become successful and being prepared to move onto post secondary education. The teachers are awesome, with your child's best interest in mind at all times...And they care about their students. This isn't a school for kids that don't want to succeed....nor is bad behavior tolerated....that's what makes this school great! I highly recommend this school and it's faculty in preparation for your child's success in college and beyond. My son now enjoys going to school and his grades....best I've ever seen. Best decision I have ever made....just wish I had done this sooner!

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2014
We are a military family and moved to this area because we heard that Croatan was a great high school. We figured out that the school has a gigantic drug problem. We pulled our daughter out and could never reccomend this school to anyone. Hope they can get it under control.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2014
We are military who have moved into the area. We did our research and thought Croatan was the best school for our kids. Within a day, we knew things weren't right. This school needs to crack down on the amount of drugs the students use. We pulled our kids out to private schools and it was the best decision we have made. My advice to military families, do not send your kids here. You would be better off with private schools or west or east carteret.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2013
To make this short and sweet, the teachers and Mr. Poletti were outstanding yet my daughter had one of her worst high school experiences here. The school has a drug problem with the student body. We enjoyed the academics yet seemed overwhelmed because homework seemed like busy work. My daughter was in honor's classes and made the honor roll. We were fortunate enough to get orders (out of this area!) to move due to being in the military and I would not ever think about sending my daughter here again. We moved from Onslow to Carteret just for this school but it disappointed us and I would not recommend any military family to do what we did. We are invested in our child's education and expect her to maximize her potential as she did at Croatan yet was let down by guidance and the student body. We are not slackers and she was not a troublemaker. The school just needs to get law enforcement involved with the drug problem. My daughter learned a good amount of "lingo" thanks in part to this school. I was very overwhelmed with this since she came from a local private NC school which is no comparison to Croatan. Try West Carteret, Swansboro High, or White Oak.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2013
I went to Croatan for one semester. I was also new to the area due to my father retiring from the Army. My experience at Croatan has been an disaster. The students have no morals, they have no respect for leadership or teachers, and lastly the teachers were uncaring and rude. If you are ever new to this area, I strongly recommend not going to Croatan. The staff and students are very biased and if you are new, you are an outsider. I also feel that people here are very unwelcoming and cold to new people. I am so glad that I am no longer at Croatan, the environment is very cold, unwelcoming, and very unmoral. I would not recommend this school to anyone with common sense. True Croatan has great test scores but the students are forced abnormally hard just so Croatan can get its federal money.

- submitted by a community member
November 06, 2013
Joe Poletti is a terrible principal!! The teachers here are good but the principal is unfair and has terrible leadership!!

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2013
Croatan isn't about its students all they worry about is money and high test scores to get more money. I cant tell you how many document i had to take home for my parents to sign so they get more federal money and if i didn't they would threaten to send me to ALC even if i dont have a pencil its automatic ALC or how about putting your head down for about 30 seconds; your gone and the funny thing is its a high school do you really think student can go to work get all their homework done and their chores at home before they can go to bed at a reasonable time NOOO! you need to work out a lot of problems starting with whos in charge!

- submitted by a community member
October 14, 2013
Any parent posting that this school unfair or draconian has an undisciplined child and are probably substandard parents and have low expectations for their children. This school is for achievers not slackers. The slackers and their slacker parents have a hard time with the work load and discipline that is required to be successful at this school and in life. It is more less a public school with a private school environment.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2013
I am a teacher there, and all I can say is read the reviews and ask yourself: "Would I believe the reviews of students who actually attended CHS and lived it or those of a few disgruntled parents"? Obviously, they are the same parents who will be supporting their 30 year old "child" and blaming society. Rules exist in all aspects of life that may not be the preference of a few but serve what is best for all.

- submitted by a teacher
February 18, 2013
High school used to be fun. I recently transfered to this school and I do not reccomend it at all. The staff is terrible. They do not care at all. Croatan is on a block schedule, four 90 minute classes. Before going here, I was on a traditional schedule which allowed me to take 7 classes. They believe that the block schedule is wonderful when really, it isn't. I had taken geometry and biology at my previous school and upon switching here, I was not allowed to take either of those classes. I had to wait until next semester. No problem, right? Well my first semester consited of me sitting on a computer for 3 of 4 class periods, completing online versions of health and world geography. Second semester comes around and I start all honors classes. To me, honors geometry wasn't very easy and the teacher was absolutely terrible. I had switched to a normal version. 3 weeks into the new semester, I find out that I will not be credited for this class at all. I will be forced to either take an elective, and the electives here are terrible as well, or go back to a class where learning will be too hard. I do not reccomend this school. The principal favors specific people, mainly star athletes.

- submitted by a student
August 11, 2012
This is an exceptional high school! We are a military family and based the community in which we would live on the high school our children would attend. While I agree that the administration can sometimes be rigid, I also understand that this is the very reason that the students here are so successful. In the last 5 years I have never heard of a students's name being read on the announcements because he didn't do his homework. My child, who is well disciplined and a hard worker, has received a "0" for leaving her completed homework in her locker and not having it with her in class. While it was difficult to watch my child's grade suffer, she learned a larger life lesson, and with hard work she was able to recover her good grade in the class. The new principal at Croatan is carrying on the tradition of expecting more of our children than the culture does. Most specifically, I have seen him crack down on the dress code. Again, my daughter thinks he is being unreasonable, but I openly applaud his efforts. People who complain about this school obviously want the excellent results without the hard work.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2012
This is a first class school. Absolutely love this school for my children. I am glad it is school is run with discipline. If your children is abiding by the rules, they will have no problems here. Great atmosphere for learning, and the students don't walk around with their pants hanging off their butt.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2012
Two years ago, this was a great school. Since the new principal and adminstration have taken over, the school is run like a correctional facility. The students are not allowed to socialize with each other and the parents have no rights whatsoever. Administration can pull your student out of class for any reason and count them absent from the class. They also have a habit of switching schedules and throwing students in classes that they neither want or need. The state ranking of Croatan has fallen from number 2 to 11 and will likely to continue to fall as both students and teachers are unhappy. All rewards for doing a good job in school have been taken away, but the rules have gotten tougher. If your child does not complete an assignment, their name is read to the entire school during morning announcements in an effort to humiliate them. You can be suspended for any reason. Punishment and embarrassment is how Croatan believes in running the school, but using rewards to motivate has been discontinued under the leadership of Principal Joe Poletti. He missed his true calling: prison warden. Do not send your student here if you can avoid it at all costs!

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2011
All these people who say Croatan is a bad school are idiots I am an alumnus of the class of 2007. Obviously your kids couldn't hack it and/or follow the rules. I am now at UNCW and find my classes there to be easier than some at Croatan, parents look no further for a public education for your kids. During my four years I never felt unsafe, their where no fights, and the school was kept clean and orderly. While my opinion now is vastly different now that I'm graduated, I can say with pride I'm a cougar and wouldn't have it any other way. People shouldn't be critical some people just arent Croatan material, that's what west carteret is for...

- submitted by a community member
June 03, 2011
This school is absolutely horrendous - - a better description would be -- if you want to destroy your child's self-esteem and character then send them to Croatan. Although some of the teachers are at most satisfactory, the administration rules with an iron fist and parents have absolutely no rights. If you enjoy your child being punished for such simple things as laying his head on his desk, then this is the school for you!

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2011
While this school may lead the state with it's test scores, it is most unsatisfactory in that it allows parents no rights at all whatsoever. You HAVE to abide by their rules and regulations, which are Draconian, and if you don't like it you can take a hike - they will make NO exceptions for anything regardless of your circumstances. They will NOT and do NOT work with parents in any way shape or form; instead they treat parents like outsiders. This is the most awful school I've ever had the displeasure of sending my kids to. The ONLY reason my son attends this school is because I have no other option.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2010
I am an alumnus of Croatan and I must say that I had a great high school experience there. The administration gets to know every student during their four years. The size of the school is perfect; not too big and not too small. The class sizes are small which allows for a positive learning experience. The majority of the teachers are great and truly want their students to succeed. The administration may be strict at times, but their firm control over the school provides a clean, safe environment for everyone. This high school sets its students up for success and I would not have wanted to go to any other high school in this county.

- submitted by a student
no rating February 08, 2010
I hate this school the teachers dont help you!

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January 21, 2010
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- submitted by a student
March 20, 2009
A truly great school; one which I believe the students take pride in. Nothing seems to get past the administration and the school is run with a firm but effective hand. The teachers are all well qualified, adapt to teach student's needs and actively engage the class. Both the administration and the teachers really seem to 'know' the students, very much the atmosphere of a college graduate program. The discipline plan may be a bit excessive at times but it results in a safe, clean school where the instructional time is uninterrupted. I have found in my experience that the students not willing to learn and even the teachers not willing to teach don't stay around very long. A friendly and safe learning environment that other schools should strive to emulate.

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January 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2008
The school is reasonable and below average. There are unrecognized deficiencies in every department and there is need for a large deal of improvement. The 'success' of the school is really from the students, not the teachers. The student body has labored tirelessly while the teaching staff is devoid of essential skills.

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November 07, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 22, 2008
As a former student, I have to say that I received an excellent education while enrolled at Croatan. I had many caring, respectable teachers who gave their all to helping their students go above and beyond their greatest dreams in their learning. I have many fond memories from my time there!

- submitted by a community member
August 21, 2008
The teachers there are nice and i really like the school!!! I would much rather go to Croatan than West Carteret! I really think that this school is great and very freshman friendly and they really help you if you ever need any kind of help with anything! Well this is to all he freshman out there...have a great year and dont get into any trouble!!!

- submitted by a student
May 11, 2008
Academically an excellent school but it lacks in the athletic dept.

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September 21, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
May 29, 2004
Being an ex-student of croatan highschool, I must say that the teachers, coaches, and administraters there helped to set me in a good direction in life. It is a good school that one always feels welcome at. I highly advise sending your children there.

- submitted by a former student
March 15, 2004
Excellent education source. Nice, caring, safe environment. Students are very proud of their school, and work hard to maintain its image.

- submitted by a parent
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Croatan High School
Cougar Way, Newport, NC  28570
(252) 393-7022
Last modified Croatan High School is a Public school that serves grades 7-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Croatan High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 34 reviews.