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Public | 9-12 | 1926 students

 

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Posted October 6, 2009

It's a great school with very caring teachers that make a difference.


Posted October 6, 2009

Laney is a terrific school. My son is a junior and an honors student. My daughter is a freshman this year and is off to a great start. All of my children's teachers except for two have been superior. I mean exceptional!!! Mr. O'Briant is the most dedicated Principal I have ever seen. I volunteer in this school every week in the main office and I know what goes on. Some of the office staff is a little weak but otherwise, I am very happy. Both of my children attended a small catholic school through 8th grade so I was pleasantly surprised at just what an awesome education my kids are getting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2007

This school strives for achievement but may not be fair in discipline and may not make the students feel completely safe and comfortable at all times
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2007

laney has provided an excellent opportunity for advancement in various curriculums for both of my children attending this school.Advanced classes have provided a challenging opportunity for my kids to fully apply their skills as well as keep up with their extra-curricular activities. Laney high school is the best!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2007

This school is the best kept secret in the New Hanover County School System. Challenging and caring teachers along with a very enthusiastic administrative team. The proof in the pudding is how their students do after graduation. They are high achievers at some of the best Universities and Academies in the country.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2007

My daughter has attended Laney for the past 3 years. I have been to the school many times to deal with issues concerning a variety of subjects and I have always found the staff to be extremely helpful and considerate. My daughter has had every opportunity to get the best education to be found in a public school. I highly recommend this school to parents looking for a place where their child can explore character and abilities and find out who they are while growing up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2006

The staff at Laney has been most helpful in trying to keep our underachiever on track. They keep us informed and offer helpful tools to achieve success. We are gratefule to be part of such a fine school, and look forward to our second child completing her public school education here at Laney.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2005

This school has potential but I only see it excelling in the far future. For right now, academics are standard, but I would never call them challenging. Athletics have been better. Parental involvement is lacking, and most parents in it are what you would call, overly concerned. Overall, I would say this school needs improvement, but it's not completely useless.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2005

Challenging and rigorous academics are available; students who chose to participate are encouraged to accept the challenge. The band competes at Grade 5 Level; the Arts Department includes visual and sculpture, dance, drama, chorus, band, and orchestra. The athletic department competes at the highest level in the state (4A). After school clubs and tutoring are offered five days a week. Parents are involved in Academic, Band, Chorus, and Athletic Boosters, plus an active PTSA.
—Submitted by a parent


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.

7 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

7 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2012.

7 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
14%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2011.

450 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
72%
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

All Students86%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black83%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities86%
Proficient in English86%

Reading

All Students57%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black50%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities57%
Proficient in English57%

Science

All Students14%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black17%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities14%
Proficient in English14%
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.

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.

372 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%
Algebra II

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

419 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 46% in 2013.

548 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%
Civics and Economics

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

521 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%
English I

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

508 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%
English II

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

512 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%
Physical Science

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

120 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
66%
United States History

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

385 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
79%
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 Students27%
Female25%
Male28%
Black11%
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracial27%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White34%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities11%
Non-disabled students31%
Limited English proficiency20%
Proficient in English27%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant27%
Academically giftedn/a

Biology

All Students51%
Female48%
Male55%
Black24%
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracial53%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities12%
Non-disabled students56%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant51%
Academically giftedn/a

English II

All Students49%
Female51%
Male47%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracial57%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities13%
Non-disabled students54%
Limited English proficiency8%
Proficient in English50%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant49%
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
White 64% 52%
Black 23% 26%
Hispanic 7% 14%
Two or more races 4% 4%
Asian 2% 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 41%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Science lab

Arts & music

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

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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

School Leader's name
  • Mr Al O'Briant
Associations
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (910) 350-2083

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
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
  • Science lab
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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needs to be verified by school leaders.

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2700 North College Road
Wilmington, NC 28405
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