Students enrolled 1543
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School leader Mr David Schwenker
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District Wake County Schools

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2600 Rock Quarry Road
Raleigh, NC 27610

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4 stars
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September 08, 2014
We are almost 1/4 of the way through my son's freshman year. I will add updates as he continues through his time at Southeast but so far, we are very happy with the school. My son enjoys computer science and engineering so it seemed like a good fit. I admit I was worried about safety but I got to spend a day at the school when it was in session and I was impressed and very comfortable with the school after that. The teachers, overall, seem really dedicated to the students, they will actually respond to email, unlike many other Wake County high schools. I tutor kids from Apex, Holly Springs, etc. and the teachers at those schools are much worse than the teachers we have experienced so far at Southeast! My son got involved with theater and the Robotics team and has easily made friends. If you are worried about coming in as a magnet student, all I can say is that we have been very happy with the attitude of teachers, the opportunities, and the ability to take classes that just are not offered at other schools! We also really like New Tech, project based learning classes where a student's grade is based on more things than just test grades.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2014
Best school ever with great academics and the technology they teach the students despite that they say it's a all black school that's false statement southeast has different races from white , black, Hispanics , to Asian. Teachers there really help students strive for a better future they sit down to help them and I would recommend this school to anyone better than Garner and Enloe High

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2014
Southeast Raleigh is a wonderful school. I think the school gets its bad name from the fights and other altercations that happen during and after school but aside from them, the school's academics are great. There is a new tech program that is nothing but project based learning for all the bad test takers, the engineering academy is wonderful and the teachers really know how to work at different paces for different students while still maintaining a class of 20 students. This is a great school if you stay focused and not get mixed into the wrong crowds

- submitted by a student
September 05, 2013
this school is freakin terrible! i cant believe they call this a school, it needs to get shut down. This is not where you want to send your child, it's getting worse and worse every year. I am so happy that I transferred and now I am going to Garner High School. Southeast is terrible.

- submitted by a student
August 31, 2013
Being a freshman here this year I have noticed that my school needs some help. In terms of academics it's on the higher end (We have a great blend of technology and the arts). However, environmentally it is not always the safest place to be as some of you may be well aware of (see WRAL). We often have fights and it seems like the administration is losing control of the students. The bottom line is if you're considering going here you should be really careful when it comes to who you decide to befriend. Stay with the right crowd.

- submitted by a student
August 03, 2013
My child's first year at this school was horrific. He was the target of unfair treatment and bullying by some administrators and staff. They created a hostile environment for him to learn and expected him to say or do nothing to speak-up or advocate for himself. His grade suffered as a result and we spent the entire year making sure he did not become discouraged and give-up on learning. Admin, teachers, staff, and coaches have to be held accountable for their actions and I think parents should have a say as to whether or not performance measures are being met. Remain involved in your child's education because you are the only advocate your child has. If you leave it to some at SRHS, you will be taking a huge risk and may even later regret that you did!

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2013
My daughter just graduated from Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School and she had a great experience there. Those of you who are bashing the school should remember, I don't care where you go there are always going to be some students that are not there to learn but to have a good time. If the students take advantage of the resources (which are numerous) they would/could be very successful. Most of the teachers there are wonderful and willing to help your child succeed.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2013
Although we have a new principal, again, he really is great! The classes are rigorous - I have 2 students here in AP, they will testify to that. There are MANY children at this school that are in honors and AP courses. There is fierce competition on who is going to be top 10 students. Our students have choices of colleges, not because the rest of the kids at our school don't shine, but because they have worked hard and made the grades. One poster talked about "inflated grades." I call it mastery. The #1 business school in the US gives retests to it students - I was one of them. It is about teaching, not failing. In this school, if a student fails a test, they have an opportunity to retake up to a certain grade. It is not carte blanche. The teacher wants to make sure that the student understands the concept prior to moving on. That is teaching, not inflating. I don't know anyone at my professoin who does anything perfect the first time - do you? SRMHS is a GREAT SCHOOL, with a GREAT PRINCIPAL and GREAT STUDENTS! I challenge you to come to our school for yourself. You will find a high school that you wished you had went to when you were in high school.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2013
Southeast Raleigh is probably the worst school to go to for high school. We have no structure, it's total chaos and it's a disgrace to even claim that I go here. I'm a sophomore. And freshman year I wanted to transfer immediately but I wanted to give it a chance. I did not learn anything as I never do because the teachers can't even control us. They are weak and can't teach, it's amazing how they got hired. I am definitely transferring now.

- submitted by a student
January 14, 2013
My son is a junior this year, and we are mostly pleased with SRHS. The pros are the school's diversity; the kids there are really nice and helpful to one another, as well as their parents; the cool selection of classes, such as Engineering Academy (Aerospace has a flight simulator!), Forensics, Digital Arts, Web Design, CISCO Certification, etc. Because they are a magnet school, they get more money for this cool stuff, but they have to have the numbers to justify it. Now, the cons. Teachers are under a lot of pressure to 'make the grade' from the administrators that they offer multiple test re-takes, group tests, grade curves, bonus questions, the opportunity to earn grade inflation by participating in extra learning activities during their version of homeroom, etc. It's all about posturing. The website's course descriptions are way outdated. For example, they haven't offered Latin for at least six years, but four levels are listed. The principal is new this year - too early to tell. One other pro is if your child is bright, he/she will more likely be noticed by colleges at this school; whereas, he/she might not shine all that bright amongst so many other stars at other schools.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2012
My son is a senior now and for us, SER has been a positive experience. 98% of his teachers have been wonderful and helpful. The administration is helpful - though it can takes some extra effort to reach them. The counselors we have worked with are awesome and knowledgeable. The electives are what really make this school stand out. The band and the engineering programs are model initiatives. I can not say enough good things about the band director! We have no regrets! Kudos to the new principal for making safety and appearance a priority. It was sad to see some teachers go - but overall, I think the change has been good for the school environment.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2012
As a teacher at SRHS, I have been very disappointed in the school this year. A new principal and a lot of changes have made a negitive impact not only on the teachers and students, but on the community. Teachers are no longer looked to for their educational expertise, but rather robots to execute the admins plans. Students are harrassed and even arrested for small infractions but bullying is totally ignored. I have worked under 3 different principals at this school and this is by far the worse shape I have ever seen our school in. To sum it up, my children will not come to work with me. It's sad when you wont allow your own child to attend the school where you provide instruction.

- submitted by a teacher
December 03, 2011
I have never seen so many students with different interests and backgrounds feel so comfortable at a school. My son is in his second year here. He has made great friends and is involved in his classes. Teachers encourage students to take challenging classes, but are always available for assistance. My son is generally the quiet type, but knows many of the teachers and staff. He enjoys participating in sports, art class, and the computer arts classes. There are community service organizations, language clubs, sports, art and poetry clubs, robotics club, the list goes on and on. My middle schooler is eagerly awaiting to apply here. The new principal has been a great asset I have always been able to contact teachers and staff to discuss anything. I highly recommend that people consider this choice for their child. It has all of the traditional plus the extra offerings of a magnet school. One of my neighbor's told me about the school. Her daughter is now attending and her older son graduated from there. Several students receive athletic and academic to prestigious universities. There is so much positive that goes on at this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2010
If your child lacks motivation like mine did and can't really find their niche, this is the school for them!!! They focus on technology. Their Arts program is pretty decent , athletics is ok and their special needs teachers seem to work double time!!! I would highly recommend them!!! It seems like they have gotten a bad rap lately for whatever reason but I have 3 kids at 2 different high schools..... I think I can safely say, SRHS works hard to meet the needs of all kids, not just the best and brightest like some other Wake County Schools!!!!

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- submitted by a student
August 25, 2009
Southeast is a very wonderful school. They don't get as much reconition as they deserve. Go bulldogs !

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- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2008
My experience with Southeast Raleigh High School was a very negative one. To get anything done, I had to show up at the school as my emails & voicemails went unanswered. There are several wonderful teachers at the school, however, I was unable to conctact them in a timely manner to get answers to my questions. Several of these problems arose when budget cuts happened & some staff was eliminated.

- submitted by a community member
January 30, 2008
I totally concur with the post from November 16, 2007! My child has excelled academically at Southeast and has made some great friends. Her teachers have been excellent and involved! Communication from the teachers has been great, if I send an e-mail, I get an answer in a timely matter. I personally feel very safe at SE (I spend a great deal of time there volunteering) and have no qualms about my child being at Southeast Raleigh High School or being in SE Raleigh!

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2007
Southeast Raleigh Magnet High is a hidden gem. The teachers, staf, administration and counselors are very helpful and professional. Students graduate and attend highly selective schools like MIT, Harvard, Yale, Duke, UNC-CH and many other schools. Most of the bad press comes from issues that do not occur at school. The school's location is safe but receives undue stigma based mostly on prejudice and uninformed opinion.

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- submitted by a community member
October 05, 2007
Southeast Raleigh High School isn't much what you think. Don't get me wrong the school is very good, teachers are always trying to help an induvidual with academics, or to excell. But the area that Southeast is located in, isn't quite the site to see. There are fights everyday of the week. Students fussing at one another, or a teachers. Teachers and Adminastration at Southeast Raleigh HS cannot handle the students. They are lacking more, and everything just seems to go down from here. We need a change at Southeast, to control all this.

- submitted by a student
May 23, 2007
This 'technology magnet' has technology but the teachers in place are neither capable or willing to instruct students properly. With that said, the core class teachers are also of generally poor quality with few exceptions. Your child may be drawn to this school because of the technology aspect, but in reality they'd be better off at their base school, regardless of what that may be.

- submitted by a former student
May 05, 2006
My oldest child graduates in 2006, another in 2009. SRHS has fantastic enrichment activities, arts, music, and science programs. Ability to accellerate studies here that you can't get in base schools. Career focused learning centers, especially Medical, are outstanding. Graduation project requirement is fantastic experience for students. Most faculty are excellent. But some top-rated teachers have left, turnover is starting to be a problem. Prior principal made communications with parents a top priority, using internet technology to provide lots of information. New principal refuses to use technology, only sends out prerecorded phone message which parents may never hear. I don't know what is going on anymore! There have been errors in school management. I am concerned about leadership and disorganization. But this is still overall a great school due to the dedicated teachers!

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2005
Southeast Raleigh magnet high school is the best high school in the area. the teachers are of superior quality doing everything they can to help students succeed in their interests. they also communicate through technology and stress the importance of doing so to their students. they have lots of great electives, and this school is especially good for people interested in science/medical fields. however the new principal is not at all good, she has no sense of disipline whatsoever. mr. modest was much better.

- submitted by a student
April 08, 2005
Good school academically. But as far as environment? Really bad. Fights like every day, administration has lost control. Freshmen come here and try to act like thugs. The school is going down hill. People are too wild and it's really crowded.

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August 26, 2003
I recently graduated from Southeast. I feel like for high school there was no better place for me. The Principal and teachers always seemed to go out of their way to help students. SRHS no fail policy was also a life saver for me as well. But the number one reason I love Southeast is because now I am in college. My transition has been so smooth. Because of what I learned at southeast especially computer skills i am exempt from my technology courses and I feel as if the teachers at SRHS were just as demanding if not more demanding then the professors and instructors I currently have.

- submitted by a former student
August 26, 2003
I believe that this is one of the best high schools in the state of North Carolina. I graduated from Southeast in 2002. I am thankful that I attended this school because it really prepared me for the college experience. With an administrative team and truly dedicated staff, I feel that other schools should take note of the level of excellence that this school shows.

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Southeast Raleigh High
2600 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh, NC  27610
(919) 856-2800
Last modified Southeast Raleigh High is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Southeast Raleigh High Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews.