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Heritage High School

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Posted March 30, 2014

We have been extremely pleased with Heritage High. My daughter has been challenged academically by her teachers to grow, and we are pleased with the extracurricular activities that have been made available for her to take advantage of. The principal is outstanding and the only complaints you see on here are from people who wanted special treatment and became angry when their kids weren't treated differently than the rest. It is your child's responsibility to adapt, not the school's responsibility. That's the way it works in the real world too. As usual, there are only about 10% of the parents involved but they do great things with little manpower. Other parents are content to let others do the work. That is the one place where it could be improved. Athletics are solid with coaches who are teachers first, then athletic mentors. The band, chorus and drama departments are all good and there are over 50 clubs for your child to choose from. Everyone can find something. The responsibility is on the child and parents to make the school great. If you want a great school, get involved and be a great parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2014

I've been going to heritage since freshman year and it's great. As a student I know what goes on at other schools that students don't tell there parents, out of all the schools we have the best kids. There is going to be trouble at any public school but this one has the most behaved of that crowd. The only reason I don't like this school is because the carpool is crazy and clustered in the morning and and after school and clubs are not as organized so you never know when they are. We hav pretty good teachers. There will be bad teachers where ever you go but overall from hearing what other students say, we have better teachers and test scores. Also our princaple is awesome and has a reward for his outstanding job (from the state). But if you see any bad reviews it's probably angry parents who were miss informed by there children who don't want to get in trouble.


Posted January 16, 2014

My daughter is a student at Heritage High School in Wake Forest NC. This has been my daughters worst academic year ever. She experienced discrimination by one of her Spanish honors teachers. From the first day of school I had problems with this teacher and requested that my child be removed and nothing happened. My child was constantly mistreated and had a poor Teacher-Student relationship with her Spanish Honors teacher. I recommend to all parents- if there is an issue at the beginning of the term do not wait to see if its going to get better because the school will back their staff up 100% even when there is evidence of that particular teacher showing favoritism towards other students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2013

This school is amazing, been going there since my freshman year and i absolutely love it there. The teachers are very encouraging, helpful, motivated and fun. They have great opportunity's and programs. Overall this is a great school, would recommend to any and everyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 11, 2013

It's a high school. My expectations aren't high. Teachers are fine, plenty of stuff to do, and I learn what I need to pass my exams. Yeah, there are fights. Administration can be unorganized, but, at the end of the day, it's a school. People do stupid things-- people will do stupid things anywhere-- but unless you want to pay the tuition for a private school, you can't expect much better. I've been going here since I was a freshman and it hasn't majorly inconvenienced me in any way. It can be annoying, and Wake County in general is just annoying, but as long as you aren't expecting your kid to be served lobster tail at lunch and take classes from Nobel Prize winners, you'll find that this school is extraordinarily average,
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 22, 2013

North Carolina schools rate 47th in the nation and Wake County schools rate lowest in the state. How can anyone say they're good? Students spend their day texting one another displaying the most disrespecting language towards each other and faculty. Why isn't this behavior monitored? A $3 billion budget won't improve the scores in Wake Co. The Parents & Schools working together will. As a taxpayer I want a better return for my investment.


Posted April 25, 2013

The principal, teachers, administrators and coaches are all top notch.The leadership at this school is terrific. My daughter loves it here. There are many Honors & AP classes to choose from, as well as electives and sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2013

Our principal is completely fantastic, totally involved in everything that goes on around the school. The teachers are top-notch and are expected to act professionally which provides a great learning environment. The school is clean (which a lot of high schools seem to have trouble with), the rigor of the classes is appropriate, and our counseling staff help to provide a lot of opportunities (such as internships or advanced studies at nearby colleges). Our school has grown a lot in the now three years of its existence and can now be considered a staple of the Wake Forest community it resides in.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 29, 2012

We transferred in from out of state right before my sons junior year (last year). We gave the school all the information to obtain our sons transcripts from his previous schools and made sure to let them know that I would be more than happy to help them get them if they needed it. During the school year I had spoken to his councilor about a couple of different things. After school got out this past Summer they sent home the report cards. In the envelope with my sons report card was a paper saying that he did NOT move on to being senior. When I was finally able to get a hold of the school I was told that he did not have enough credits to graduate and move on. I knew this was impossible and explained that to the dean of students. When she finally looked at my sons records she informed me that they never ordered the transcripts from one of his schools. Nothing was ever said about him being short credits during the year. No one ever said they didn't have all his transcripts, no one ever checked. Turns out he had more than enough and could have graduated early. Good teachers and facility, just not real impressed with the rest even if it is located in an exclusive area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2012

This is not one of the better school I have attended. When I was there for my freshman year the students did not seem to care and did not want to be there. The teachers are ok, I had one good teacher though. There was no special ed for my learning disabilities. The last thing is that there was a fight it seemed like every day. So they took away privlages to even the students who did not do anything. Now I also learned living in NC that they bus students from raleigh and thets where all the problems came from. so all in all avoid this school if you can.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 28, 2011

Friendly Staff, Clean Facility ,Motivated Students, World Class Education The Best School I Ever Attended I Defiently recommend this school
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

339 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
71%
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.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
86%
Algebra II

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

115 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
>95%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 46% in 2013.

620 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
81%
Civics and Economics

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

309 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%
English I

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

505 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
82%
English II

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

472 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%
Physical Science

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

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United States History

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

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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 Students26%
Female25%
Male27%
Black18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students32%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English27%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant26%
Academically giftedn/a

Biology

All Students57%
Female57%
Male57%
Black41%
Asian53%
Hispanic46%
Multiracial65%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities24%
Non-disabled students61%
Limited English proficiency10%
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant57%
Academically gifted90%

English II

All Students59%
Female65%
Male53%
Black41%
Asian70%
Hispanic52%
Multiracial59%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities21%
Non-disabled students64%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English60%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant59%
Academically gifted86%
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 52% 52%
Black 27% 26%
Hispanic 12% 14%
Two or more races 5% 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 27%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dr Mark Savage
Fax number
  • (919) 570-5650

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer time after school
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1150 Forestville Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587
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