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R J Reynolds High

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Posted January 25, 2014

Nice old school. Students are either preppie snobs or ghetto. My son went there for 9th grade and had a couple of great teachers (latin and theater); most were ok with a few that were sub-par (ninth grade honors english particularly). Honors classes are a joke with out-of-control students. Guidance was not very helpful; secretary and other staff members act as if you are a bother. Safety is a big concern and was the ultimate reason for pulling my son out & homeschooling (my son's friend, who is disabled, was forced to take physical education despite injuring herself trying to get to the class that is across the street from the main campus. How this is ADA compliant remains to be seen! She was subsequently mugged in gym class on the third day of the 2013-14 school year. My experience is that Winston Salem schools (and NC schools in general) aren't very good. We moved here from Minnesota, and will be looking to move out of state as soon as possible in order to get to a better educational environment for our son!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2013

I love reynolds! The arts program is amazing and you can learn so much and be yourself!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 17, 2013

REYNOLDS IS THE AWESOME! Everyone is so nice there and the arts program is spectacular. I have opportunities at Reynolds that you don't have anywhere else! I love piano, music and drama and I can get honors credit for doing those things at Reynolds!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 24, 2011

I went to RJR from freshman year to Junior year and I was so sure I was going to go for my Senior year but things happen . I would give everything to finish highschool there . It is one of the best schools in NC . It's very diverse and offers so many different classes and clubs and extracurricular activities. The teachers here are great. The learning experience is wonderful as long as you apply yourself. however that's in any situation . This school has had a positive impact on my life. Reynolds Pride .
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 17, 2010

I went there, and was told by the department chairmen at Duke that it was one off the best schools in the country.


Posted October 13, 2010

The leadership of the principal and his staff is excellent. The diversity of the school reflects the community. The support of the PTSA is superior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

I love that Reynolds is able to meet the needs of the diverse student body. It has great mojo and works to have something for everyone to get involved in school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2010

As a former staff member at Reynolds High School, I can say it's one of the best high schools I've ever seen. It isn't perfect, but the positives far outweigh the negatives. The faculty is excellent academically and all teachers go the extra mile to help students who want help. The administrators are involved with the students and faculty to a great degree. The students are generally polite, friendly, and involved in the school and community. The growth I saw in students from 9th to 12 grades was phenomenal. The best part of Reynolds is the diversity of activities that provide students with multiple opportunities to excel in their own way -- artistically, athletically, academically, and socially. Many former students return to let faculty members know that the rigor of academics at Reynolds has made college easy. That is the best testamonial anyone can give to his/her high school


Posted March 17, 2009

Reynolds High School is the best! I graduated in 2008 and currently attend UNC-CH. It was the best experience one could ask for in High School. Most all of the teachers genuinely care about their students and their well being. Reynolds is diverse and offers a place for any kind of student. Great athletics, arts and academics... Reynolds really is on top. I have attended a private elementary school, a private boarding school in 9th grade and Reynolds from 10-12th and Reynolds was by far my favorite. There are so many chances to get involved with different groups. I don't know any other high school where the principal knows you by name and speaks to you during class changes. I created strong relationships with my peers, teachers, administrators and my guidance counselor while at RJR and I wouldn't trade my experience for anything.


Posted February 25, 2009

Most of the teachers are good people, and there are many, many different types of people. The hallways and stairways get very crowded and sometimes clogged, and we need a creative writing class, but the campus is aesthtically pleasing and sometimes kids play accoustic guitar during lunch ^_^ That's a lot of fun.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 31, 2009

RJR is an amazing school. Everyone can find their place within the school and due to the fact that RJR is very diverse no one gets left out. With the new arts program students who are serious about their art can have an intense focus directly on their art while students less interested in the arts can continue with the 'normal' classes. The classes at RJR are small compared to most WS/FCS schools. There are tons of sports and clubs that welcome all students and the school has a general close knit feeling to it. No major cliches. RJR has an outstanding theater arts program and students have a chance to work in the amazing theater every day. Teachers are close to their students and make every effort to keep in contact with the parents. They are also very involved with student activities and keep the parents involved also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2008

What makes RJR and other schools in Forsyth exceptional is the opportunity for kids to go to the Career Center during 11th-12th grades. They can get away from the more distracting or unruly elements in the student body and get to a place where you can learn with other bright people. Teachers at the Career Center are fantastic and less worn-down because they can focus on being a teacher not a disciplinarian. Being in class, you can learn and posit intellectual ideas without feeling like a show-off. Teachers don't have to hassle you about chewing gum, wearing a hat or leaning back in your chair. Take absolutely as many APs as you can. I took 6 my senior year and I learned more than a year at a great college. I hope this is helpful


Posted February 26, 2006

I graduated reynolds in 04, and i cannot say that at any time in those four years did i feel that i wasnt receiving the best education in Winston Salem. there are heaps of extracurricular activities to choose from. our music department was thriving when i left, and is doing better and better each year since. the teachers are all top-notch, and though there are some i didnt like; i can only recall a few that i felt weren't decent teachers. Reynolds is a great school, for any student. if your son or daughter attends reynolds, and cant meet people and enjoy the school within days; then the school is not the problem... reynolds is the finest, oldest and most prestigious school in winston salem. there is no reason anyone couldnt have a wonderful HS experience at R.J. Reynolds High School.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 15, 2005

Excellent, beautiful old school; the tradition continues with the new principal. (Previous poster is accurate re: geometry teacher and former principal's lack of response!) The only school in town that has the combination of student diversity - economic and racial - and stellar academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2004

Our child spent one year at RJR. We have mixed emotions about the school as there were a few bright stars. The two bright stars were the honors biology teacher and the seminar english teacher - wonderful! The downers --An honors geometry teacher that played games on her computer during class-- a principle that wouldn't listen and said that he had never heard about this problem! Keep looking!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Great school....every kid has a niche they can discover at this school. So many opportunities to tailor learning to the interest and skill of the child
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

380 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
70%
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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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.

282 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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12%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
58%
Algebra II

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

293 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 46% in 2013.

468 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
71%
Civics and Economics

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

430 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
68%
English I

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

456 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
77%
English II

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

468 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%
Physical Science

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

203 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
67%
United States History

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

427 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
68%
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 Students12%
Female11%
Male13%
Black7%
Asian15%
Hispanic9%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White24%
Economically disadvantaged8%
Not economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students14%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English14%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant12%
Academically gifted60%

Biology

All Students37%
Female37%
Male38%
Black19%
Asian17%
Hispanic24%
Multiracial24%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities6%
Non-disabled students39%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English40%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant37%
Academically gifted83%

English II

All Students49%
Female52%
Male46%
Black32%
Asian33%
Hispanic36%
Multiracial59%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities6%
Non-disabled students53%
Limited English proficiency11%
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant49%
Academically gifted94%
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 41% 52%
Black 34% 26%
Hispanic 16% 14%
Two or more races 5% 4%
Asian 4% 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 47%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
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School Leader's name
  • Mr Patrick Olsen
Associations
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (336) 727-2053

Resources

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  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
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School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Golf

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Drama
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301 Hawthorne Road North
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