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New Hanover High

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Posted June 27, 2013

New Hanover is the best school in the county it was ranked by Newsweek in the top 2000 schools in the NATION. I picked New Hanover over Ashley and Hoggard and loved it the teachers are very good and the principle is amazing
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 14, 2013

What a difference a year makes. Two of my children attend NHHS now, and I could not be more pleased. The new principal has come on to the scene with great ideas to motivate staff and students. The school is safer, cleaner, and doing much better across the board. The freshman academy has been amazing, and the teachers have made the difference for my children. I have read some of the negative reviews, and I can't argue that they were correct if hey were talking about the school's past. However, our family has witnessed the transformation and would rate the school at 6 stars if we could.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2012

WILDCAT NATION. <> Diamonds are forever. I am a student of New Hanover; & the teachers are amazing. The school has roaches like every other school -.- There are not many fights nor lock downs. Students complain for no reason; except when they wanna leave. I am a proud WILDCATTTTTT.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 8, 2012

My child went here for her freshman year, and hated it. Even with all her friends there, she is leaving. Reasons: a)one of her teachers jokes about being racist, and often jokes that he is on drugs. b) Fights breaking out in the halls (not silly fights either.) 3) In her gym class, they forced them to run up and down steep bleachers; this would have been normal, but they are insanely steep, and even when a kid fell down, the teacher made everyone just keep going. 4) disgusting rats and cockroaches 5) lack of AC in most rooms 6) consent lock downs 7) the teachers don't seem to care a bit for any student. The list goes on and on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2012

My son currently attends this school, even though we are trying to do everything in our power to get him to transfer out. Academically, the school is a travesty. He is bored beyond belief, yet refuses to leave because "all my friends are there." It does not seem possible for him to actually flunk out; they just keep moving people on. The school is terrible at communicating with parents; technologically they seem to be stuck somewhere in the late 90s. I can't tell you how many times I've tried to email a counselor or administrator or coach to get a question answered only to be ignored for weeks if not longer. About half the teachers seem to check their email on a regular basis, in my experience. The school does have an advanced program for juniors and seniors who plan to do more with their lives than work at Wal-Mart and Chick-Fil-A, and they plan to extend that to freshmen and sophomores soon. That is the only reason to go there -- that, or if you're a really good basketball player (they won the state championship last year -- woo hoo.) We don't know what that's really like, and probably won't ever know, because my son screwed the pooch and failed to get in. Sigh.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2010

I have to agree with the parent who said that it is extremely difficult to contact the teachers and administrative staff when there is a problem. I had two children at that school. My younger child transferred after his 2nd year there, and I was so pleased. When I would visit the office (keeping in mind that I work full time), often I would still not be able to get assistance. There would be several volunteers in the office who could not answer my questions nor did they have any authority.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2009

I just started this school last sumester and the teachers dont care if u pass or not. I hate this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 3, 2008

I graduated from New Hanover High in 2005 and am now in my senior year of college at NC State University in Raleigh. I can say without a doubt that NHHS is the main reason I have had such a successful college career. I originally started out as a freshman from Ashley High and immediately transferred my second semester due to the inattentive and biased staff at that school. That trade saved me. I was able to find a true community at Hanover. The diversity is absolutely amazing and the school spirit is unlike any other school in the county. Because the school is enriched in history and pride, students graduate knowing that they have had the true high school experience. If you are a parent who is searching for the best school for your child, I high recommend NHHS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2008

I would say this school is unique in that it gives the student a direction to go in after they graduate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2007

Hew Hanover is a wonderful school! My daughter attends this school with much confidence. She has had trouble throughout her previous years in the public school system due to a severe reading disability. New Hanover has really given her the opportunity to thrive! The lifeskills teachers really do show genuine concerns about their students both in and out of school.I would recommend New Hanover to other parents that have children with specific learning disabilities!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2006

New hanover is a great school. I have sent two of my children there and they absolutely love it. The academics are great. The all around atmosphere is wonderful and it's comforting to know that my child attends this school. The teachers are attentive and they really care. I couldn't ask for more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2005

New Hanover High School has opend the door for my child. It has given him the opportuniy to attend a program that has revolutionized education. It is called the Lyceum Acadamy. This program is absolutly amazing giving my child the opportunity to see, and learn things that I would never be able to do for him. The fact that it is open to any student is also a great thing. I have heard that there had been complaints with the program, that it was not fair... How can anyone say this. If you get the chance to visit the program or the chance to speak with the Dean of the program do. You will be nothing more than amazed. I commend NHHS for allowing this program to exist. If they know what is good for them they will never let this program disappear.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2004

I have had many problems with New Hanover High School. I would highly recommend that no one consult any of the staff if they or their child have any problems. They do not return phone calls nor do they treat all the students equally.
—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.

5 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

5 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2012.

5 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2011.

360 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
64%
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 Students20%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities20%
Proficient in English20%

Reading

All Students80%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities80%
Proficient in English80%

Science

All Students60%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities60%
Proficient in English60%
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.

284 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
72%
Algebra II

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

346 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
72%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 46% in 2013.

400 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
75%
Civics and Economics

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

417 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
75%
English I

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

363 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
71%
English II

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

363 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%
Physical Science

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

151 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%
United States History

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

329 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 Students20%
Female17%
Male23%
Black11%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracial15%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White33%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities7%
Non-disabled students23%
Limited English proficiency14%
Proficient in English21%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant20%
Academically giftedn/a

Biology

All Students45%
Female43%
Male47%
Black18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracial53%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities6%
Non-disabled students51%
Limited English proficiency15%
Proficient in English46%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant45%
Academically giftedn/a

English II

All Students47%
Female47%
Male46%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracial43%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students53%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant47%
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 51% 52%
Black 36% 26%
Hispanic 7% 14%
Two or more races 4% 4%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian 0% 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 58%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
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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
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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

School Leader's name
  • Mr Todd Finn
Associations
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (910) 251-6114

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

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