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Fred T Foard High

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Posted January 20, 2014

Fred T. Foard is a good, diverse school but it certainly won't prepare you for the top tier schools (Harvard, Yale, Stanford, etc). Top level students should do fine at the higher ranking state schools.


Posted July 21, 2013

Great school! There are some really good kids at FTF with some real good teachers. Athletic facilities are a little behind the times. Most coaches are good, though some are not. I would recommend raising your kids at this school! Go Tigers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2013

I moved to this area of the county because of the school system. I have 4 kids and two have been at FTF so far and have found it to be really strong. There are enough classes that are offered that are academically challenged to prepare for further education. My oldest received a full academic scholarship to a great university after having attending FTF. The teachers were very helpful and engaging. Love the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2012

I am proud to say that I attend Fred T. Foard High School. The faculty at the school go so far beyond just teachers, they are our mentors in life. As far as sports are concerned I know we do not have good teams. But never in my life would I stand at a football game in the pouring rain with 200 other students and watch our team get beat 27 to 0 if I didn't go to Foard. Everyone at school is a family we cry together we laugh together and most important we learn together. As a student that started the 9th with all D's I had a teacher that motivated me to do better and now I am 5th in my class and had a 28 composite score on the 10th grade PLAN test(which only 4% of students in the nation make). My family is Fred T. Foard and there is no other place I would rather be.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 28, 2011

This is one of the most diverse schools in the area, and it is not a strength. Cow pastures aside, this is not a redneck school. Cliques (and there are many) are firmly cemented into the fabric at FTF. If you're a student, find one - and quick. In respect to administration, there is no consistency. The principal has been there for almost ten years, but the assistant principals have come and gone every year. Half of the school is in disrepair. Sure, the new additions are fabulous -- but the rest is a relic of the Cold War and is falling apart. It affects a student's confidence to see their school so neglected. The faculty is inconsistent. I graduated from college with a BA in French, but I was very unprepared. The teachers at Foard were often very nice, but many let students get away without learning anything. The variety of teaching styles in the same department can confuse students. One year will be easy, the next year will be over their heads. Fred T. Foard lacks continuity. It's no wonder many alumni choose not to support the school; for different reasons, my three siblings and I have no pride in our alma mater. Our family has 10 years with Foard under our belts.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 8, 2011

The good: Some pretty good kids in the school compared to some of the other places in the county. The bad: Athletic facilities are really bad (gym and football stadium/field). Foard is a pretty good place compared to most places. I would put it in the top 2 schools in the county (Bandys and Foard). Not very many "bad" kids. It has a lot of the same problems every school in the area has. Some good teachers mixed in with a few that aren't real strong. Not many athletes, but a lot of the parents think their kids are all going to be college level athletes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2011

In response to an earlier email, the coaching is not all bad. Some of our programs are doing a real good job. The volleyball team is doing well again, cross country fields a competitive team, the wrestling team just won a state title, and the softball team is above average. I will agree that the athletic facilites are as bad as anywhere in the state. I guess we need to let our school board members know! Also, the AD is very power hungry. If it's not her idea, then it's a bad idea!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2010

Needs a new principal for sure, some teachers are wonderful but some are there ONLY for a paycheck and the coaching is horrible. The band director loves what he does and it shows. He is wonderful. I believe FOARD falls short in academics as well. DEFINATELY NEEDS AN OVER-HALL...GET RID OF THE PRINCIPAL !!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2010

In Catawba County I doubt you'll do much better than Foard. It's certainly no Enloe or School of Math and Science, but there's no excuse not to be prepared for college after graduating from Foard. There are definitely plenty of extracurricular activities beyond sports. The marching band and band director is one of the best in the area and there are competitive academic teams that consistently beat out the expensive Raleigh private schools in state competitions. When I was starting middle school my family moved specifically because my parents wanted my brother and me to go to Foard.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 30, 2009

As a former student, current education major, and future middle grades teacher, I would like to say that I was disappointed with the education I received at FTF. I was in every AP class I could take, involved with clubs, and always followed the 'rules' (as ridiculous as they were). Upon entering college I realized how unprepared I was to compete with and work at the same level as other students from various areas. I am successful in college only because of the extra work I put in to get my skills to the level they needed to be, not because of my education at Foard. If you need proof of this, read some of the comments from other students. Their grammar is atrocious. The principal honestly did put too much focus on the dress code. I dressed conservatively and was chastised for my outfit at times.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 27, 2008

While reading the reviews, I noticed only one negative review from a student, and her main complaint was with the principal's enforcement of the rules of the school. Just maybe if that student would fall within the boundries of those rules the pricipal might not have to enforce them. I, for one, believe that she is doing a wonderful job. Now the school has many extracurricular activties. The teachers for the most part are motivating and knowledgable. The arts and music departments are great. So, I have no complaints, no, I am proud to be sending my child to Fred T. Foard. Pat Moss, president FTF Choral Boosters
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2007

FTF high school is like most high schools. The school it self has its up and downs, but the school has a lot to offer. There are numerous extracurricular activties to choose from like Marching Band, some of the sports available to play, and the numerous clubs. The majority of the teachers are excellent and try to motivate their students to succeed. The principal is tough, but she has the schools needs as her first priority. She is trying to make the school as an efficient learning ground as possible for the students so that they may succeed in life after they have graduated. Also, the school is very safe, there are very few fights and there is no tension between the racial groups attending the school. There is no problems with drugs being distributed through out the school, or a problem with students bringing weapons. Although the school is overcrowded, and even with the new addition to the building, all the halls are severely congested. But overall the school has an excellent program for young men and women to learn and grow in.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 16, 2006

The school and teachers ar Fred T Foard are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2004

FTF is like most schools. But,the principal is unfair. She tries too hard to be have a 'picture perfect school.' When real issues go untreated b/c it saves face. She has favorite groups, who get special treatment.T here are also a lot of fights and hate in the school. The school itself is falling apart. It is old and crowded. Even with a new add on. It is still unbearable to get to class.The school also changes policies so much it is hard to follow. On a more positive note, FTF has alot of classes to choose from. They have a great arts program. Overall FTF is not the worst or the best school in the area. I would really look and think b/4 enrolling in this school. Do not let the principal fool you. She is not what she seems.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 5, 2004

Really, anyone thinking about going to this school should seriously reconsider. The Principal spends all of her time enforcing the dress code. Most of the teachers either are incompetant, or don't care. The building itself is falling apart and we are extremely crowded, even with the new addition. Most of the halls are impossible to get through during the breaks. Beyond sports and the bible club there are basically no extracurricular activites. The faculty overlooks harassment and just doesn't seem to care. This is a terrible school, 'nuff said.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 23, 2003

I have went to this school for about a year and I think that this school has an awesome group of teachers that work here. They all take the time out to help the students, and they are always there to encourage them when they need it. Another thing is that the student, teachers, and facilty are all very accepting and caring.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 9, 2003

My three kids got a very good education at FTF. The only complaint I have is the foreign language department. My daughter took French and excelled in this class in high school, however, when she went to take the placement class in college she could not even come close to passing it. I believe this needs to be addressed and more advance teaching needs to be done in the Foreign Language area.
—Submitted by a parent


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The state average for Math was 56% in 2012.

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The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

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The state average for Science was 59% in 2012.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2011.

292 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
68%
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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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.

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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23%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
72%
Algebra II

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

182 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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87%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 46% in 2013.

257 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
82%
Civics and Economics

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

289 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%
English I

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

267 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
86%
English II

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

271 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%
Physical Science

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

140 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%
United States History

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

236 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%
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 Students23%
Female20%
Male27%
Blackn/a
Asian17%
Hispanic8%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White26%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students29%
Limited English proficiency7%
Proficient in English25%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant23%
Academically giftedn/a

Biology

All Students49%
Female50%
Male49%
Black29%
Asian35%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities17%
Non-disabled students52%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English50%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant49%
Academically gifted86%

English II

All Students65%
Female72%
Male58%
Black55%
Asian47%
Hispanic50%
Multiracial60%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities12%
Non-disabled students70%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%
Academically gifted95%
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 81% 52%
Asian 6% 3%
Black 4% 26%
Hispanic 4% 14%
Two or more races 4% 4%
American Indian 0% 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 37%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • 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
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr Chris Gibbs
Associations
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (704) 462-1988

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)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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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
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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