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North Rowan High School

Public | 9-12 | 696 students

 

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Posted April 18, 2011

To the person who has an issue with the ipods and the "waste of money" that they perceive has happened... that decision was made by the school board and the current school administration, not North High School. If you want to do something positive for the school -campaign for fair attendance zones and equal access to courses. Again a great school that has been hindered by biased decision making.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2011

I'm a North Rowan student, & proud of it. I agree that maybe we shouldn't have spent so much money on Ipods, because maybe then, we wouldn't have so many fundraisers. But North is a great school. And our band is amazing. I should know. I hear them play everyday. I'm a band student at NRHS myself. It's a good school, please don't hate it.<3
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2010

This school isn't good, it lacks DISCIPLINE, creativeness, and diverse classes. They wastes money on unnecessary things, like the grant for iPods. They should use the money to help renew outdated items. They need to replace certain teachers cause they don't care, don't enforce discipline, and lets the students run the class. This school lacks creativity, most clubs are plain. They should create clubs that diverse kids would enjoy. And this school needs new classes. Like a class for future engineers or lawyers. Yet they lack that and force kids to take tests and our scores goes down. They need to realize that this school needs change.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 25, 2010

I dont like my child attending north, the pronciple is bad and lets my kid get bullied.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2007

Very Disappointing school. Nothing but trouble. I wish I could have cot my son out of there
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2006

North Rowan High School is a great school full of opportunities and a wonderful faculty. I was extremely lucky to attend the school and have a wonderful caring staff and a great student body. You can make your educational experience the best or the worst. Parental involvement in all avenues of the school is very lacking and the community does not tell the story of this wonderful center of learning in Spencer. North has not been given the recognition and the funding needed versus the other high schools in the system. We have to fight and work for everything at North! I would recommend to any parent that their child will receive the best educational experience at North if they are willing to become involved and send their child to school ready to learn. Come be part of the Cavalier Pride of North Rowan High School!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 7, 2006

As a graduate of North Rowan and a recent graduate of Catawba College overall I feel that North is a good school. They have great educators but do not provide as many academic options as other schools. North also has pretty good athletic teams and extracurricular activities, however, clubs are not as active in the school as they should be (SGA). Also parent involvement is more directed towards athletics rather than academics. One of its best features is its diversified but open and friendly population. I feel that North is a safe and well disciplined school and would highly recommend attending it.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 24, 2006

Although I am not a parent, I did graduate from North Rowan High School in 2002 and went on to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I feel that I had a very good educational experience at North, and that I was no less prepared for college than any other incoming freshman. I feel that North Rowan has gotten a bad reputation from other schools within the county, and in some cases indirectly from the school board, but most of the negative opinions about North come from rumor, not fact. Every school will have its problems, and North does have some, but it is important to come into the school having an open mind. You will get out of North as much, if not more, than you put in.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 2, 2006

North Rowan Is not a bad school. Yea it has its problems but really unless you have an open mind then you really think everything is bad. Every school has its problems but that doesnt make it a bad school. I have learned a lot from North and it will be a great memory in my life.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 25, 2005

To put it bluntly NRHS is one of the worst schools I have ever attended! From the apathy of the students to learn to the lack of extracurricular activities, this school gets a thumbs down! We don't have an active student government or do we even have a school newspaper. We have some excellent teachers here. Safety isn't an issue, not many fights. But, parent involvement is virtually non- existent. This school needs a drastic overhaul if it intends to be a successful school in the long run. Cannot wait to leave this school!
—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.

165 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
46%
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.

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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9%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
48%
Algebra II

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

134 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
72%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 46% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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12%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
52%
Civics and Economics

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

172 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
65%
English I

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

177 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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67%

2011

 
 
65%
English II

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

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%
Physical Science

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

70 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
67%
United States History

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

139 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
53%
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 Students9%
Female7%
Male12%
Black-5%
Asiann/a
Hispanic7%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White12%
Economically disadvantaged5%
Not economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilities6%
Non-disabled students10%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English9%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant9%
Academically giftedn/a

Biology

All Students12%
Female12%
Male12%
Black-5%
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White18%
Economically disadvantaged7%
Not economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities7%
Non-disabled students13%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English12%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant12%
Academically giftedn/a

English II

All Students28%
Female34%
Male23%
Black19%
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracial20%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities15%
Non-disabled students31%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English29%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant28%
Academically giftedn/a
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
Black 45% 26%
White 40% 52%
Hispanic 8% 14%
Two or more races 4% 4%
Asian 3% 3%
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 68%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education

Arts & music

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

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:30
School end time
  • 2:22
School Leader's name
  • Dr Darrell G McDowell
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Associations
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (704) 639-3033

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Independent Study
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • 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
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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300 North Whitehead Avenue
Spencer, NC 28159
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