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5500 Dixon Drive
Raleigh, NC 27609

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(919) 881-4800
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October 19, 2014
Sanderson has very caring and dedicated teachers. The level of support available to students is huge. They focus on student success and are constantly looking for opportunities to get better. Scheduling was much better this year. Great school!

- submitted by a community member
August 25, 2014
Sanderson has been wonderful for my son. It's a very nurturing environment. The administration and staff are fantastic!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
My son will be attending Sanderson next year. He was very apprehensive about high school and a new school. The staff has been very helpful in easing his anxiety and helping him feel comfortable with the change. We have gone for a tour...met with teachers and councelors...and seen classes and staff he will have next year. They work great with students with past bullying issues!! He's actually excited now about high school. Thank you Sanderson staff

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
This school works against you every step of the way. Before I graduated, I married an United States Sailor and changed my last name. The office women put me down and paraded my marriage certificate around, asking for people's opinions on me marrying so young and always asking me when I was due. I was never pregnant. I graduated in the top 15% and also from the North Carolina School of Science and Math Online. Sanderson refused to let me wear my metal from the School of Science and Math without giving me a real reason. We couldn't throw our caps at graduation or anything traditional. DO NOT make your children go here, it will be the worst mistake you will ever make.

- submitted by a student
August 27, 2013
This school has gone downhill fast. This year (2013-2014), the scheduling and student services staff have done an AWFUL job in preparing for a switch to a new system. NONE of the other area high schools had problems. Students received their schedules weeks before school started. Sanderson had the students pick up their schedules on a "walk around" day a few days prior to school starting. The schedules were ALL messed up. Holes in schedules, random classes, no upperclassman priority on getting in a class to graduate. It's been absolutely terrible and the principal and staff should be ashamed. Worst communication ever. DO NOT COME TO THIS SCHOOL. Find another option. It's abysmal and getting worse by the year. As far as the teachers, there are a few good ones, but MOST of them are just mediocre. Even in some of the honors classes you have some people just phoning it in. The Math curriculum is dreadful and getting worse with Common Core. They haven't spent the time to train the teachers so the classes aren't as available esp. for Honors students. It's a real shame. There is so much potential but it is being completely obliterated by some really incompetent people.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2012
I LD child who attend Sanderson. He has done very very well there. Everyone from the Administration to his IEP team to his classroom teachers have always helped him to succeed. He is a proud AFROTC cadet. This Program is excellant. It has won the distinguished unit award every year for the past 8 years. I definitely would NOT send my son to any other school. Sanderson is also ranked nationally as one of the best high schools in the nation!!! Go check it out and you will understand why

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2012
Sanderson is a well kept secret. It s not inside the beltline so it doesn t get the recognition that Broughton does. It is a great school and it has a family feeling. It s has an inclusive attitude for all the students who are there to learn. There are several programs designed to help students. They have a fantastic AFJROTC program with instructors who are dedicated to helping students get prepared for life after high school, whether it s community college, college, trade school etc. If you have the opportunity to go to Sanderson I recommend it and you should check out AFJROTC!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
August 16, 2012
Trying to get back into the Sanderson school district because I love the Special Education services that my now junior has been receiving. I totally agree that Sanderson is Raleigh's best kept secret. I would not want my child to be enrolled anyplace else.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2012
I have had one student graduate from Sanderson...doing great in college. He was definitely prepared for the rigors of college classes. Have another son that is currently a junior. Wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Great coaches, teachers and administration.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2012
Sanderson is truly the best kept secret in Raleigh. Excellent teachers, rigorous academics, strong administration, and a real sense of community. Sanderson has very high test scores and success in the university system. We've had two children attend Sanderson and we would not choose any other high school. Our third will go next year. Excellent school!!

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2009
I graduated from Sanderson in 2006. I thought the school was wonderful. Very diverse. The teachers were great! I had a problem with one teacher, but I think that it was more because she was new and young. Other than that, it was great. Mrs. Moore was wonderful even though she's not there anymore. I had some favorite teachers of which I am friends with now.

- submitted by a student
July 14, 2008
Sanderson is a very good school. All the teachers a dedicated to their students, and do all they can to help them do well. Sanderson is very diverse, and gives students a chance to meet many kinds of people. The disipline is also very good at Sanderson, there are rarely any violence. Sanderson is a school that you can learn a lot, and also have fun at. Great school!

- submitted by a student
January 12, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2007
I just had a daughter graduate from Sanderson and I'm glad she didn't go anywhere else. She came from a mostly white upper income middle school and her adjustment at first was a little difficult (mainly due to how diverse the student population at Sanderson is). Overtime, she learned to love it. Most everyone treats you with respect. Students are accepted for who they are, not what they have in terms of material wealth. Teachers are mostly very caring and great at what they do. My daughter reports that Sanderson has prepared her well for college. She attends an out of state competitive university and she feels the teachers at Sanderson prepared her well both personally and academically. I have the utmost respect for Ms. Moore, the principal. She knows her kids well and is very hands on. She runs a 'tight ship' so to say. She is a huge asset!

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2007
Great school. Great teachers and responsive administrators.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2007
We moved to Raleigh one year ago and my daughter attended Sanderson High School as a Sophomore. We were apprehensive about sending our daughter to such a large high school, but were very happy we sent her to Sanderson. She participated in the marching band. There is a strong band program at Sanderson where the students attend band camp, travel to competitions, and learn interesting music combinations. Sanderson also has a well organized and community supported athletic program that our daughter participated in as well. Being new parents to the school was never a problem because the parents we met were very friendly and welcomed us to their school family. Sanderson is a neighborhood school and follows a traditional calendar which our family enjoys.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2006
Diligent students do very well at Sanderson. Most of my student's classes have been rigorous but teachers approachable and regularly available for extra help when necessary. There is a fantastic range of classes available. Counsellor was very helpful with course selection. Drama better some years than others. Visual Arts very impressive. Sports seemed a lot of fun - sometimes not the case in high school - I was pleased to see that. Band very good, and, again, a lot of fun. Choruses excellent. Our family prefers the traditional, (as opposed to the year round), calendar - it is, after all, educational for students to hold a job for 10 weeks in summer, but still possible for them to enjoy precious school summers before the relentless labor of adulthood! As far as I can tell, Sanderson has a great social atmosphere; reasonable community service activity; 'hands on' Principal; good, friendly, parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2006
I think Sanderson is a great school. My son went there and graduated last year. He received an excellent education. He was able to get a whole sememster's credit from the AP classes he took at Sanderson. He said he thought the teachers of those classes were better than his college professors. He was in the band and I was a band booster parent who helped at the school through the band program. I was impressed with the principal and her involvment with all aspects of the school.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2006
Sanderson is a good school. The parent who said that the teacher's do a poor job with helping new kids fit it, well that obviously isn't the teacher's fault. Maybe there's just something wrong with your kid that he or she isn't fitting in?

- submitted by a student
November 07, 2005
Sanderson is an excellent school. The extra-curricular programs are there, and the emphasis is getting stronger. The Athletic Boosters are always working to improve the programs and the participation. The arts are very strong. The band program is exceptional. The drama department is quite good also. The faculty is always willing to do whatever it takes as long as the student is willing to go the extra mile also. The success of the student is up to the student.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2005
Sanderson is a great school. The people who rate it low just like to complain; there are some people you can never satisfy. People in Wake county take for granted that we have one of the top school systems in the country. Sanderson prepares you very well for college and most of the teachers are very good. The principal is very helpful to students and staff. Sports may not be so good, but the arts are very strong. Overall, it's a great school.

- submitted by a former student
September 09, 2004
Communication at the school is extremely poor. No effort is made to have new kids fit it. If I had to do it again I would not put my child here. Teachers are fine but if your child is miserable and no effort is made to help them fit in teacher quality is worthless.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2004
I think sanderson high school teacher should make sure every child is challenge to learn not basic on they're income and color because every child does not learn the same way make sure the child is taking the right courses for college I want like to see more minority students in advance courses not in easy coures in school just get back challenge coures will help every child be pepare for college the teacher should make sure she or he teaching way every child be to learn some teacher does,t not teacher a good a way A good teacher once who make sure the student is learing and challenge at the same time

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
sanderson was a good school to attend but it needs more sports and funding for special programs

- submitted by a former student

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Sanderson High
5500 Dixon Drive, Raleigh, NC  27609
(919) 881-4800
Last modified Sanderson 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.
Sanderson High Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top