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Hilton Head Island High School

Public | 9-12 | 1285 students

Our school received the honor of being "Palmetto's Finest High School" in 2012

 
 
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3 stars

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2013:
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Posted July 3, 2014

Both of my children attended HHHS - my son graduated and is in college and my daughter is a an upcoming senior. I think Amanda O'Nan is a very involved and caring principal. There is a lot to deal with as an educator these days and I feel that with proper guidance and parental involvement your child will get a good education and get out of it what they put into it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2014

Iam a grandparent in Florida, my grandaugther will be attending HHH . Even though the reviews or old the website seems to be outdated also, I will be paying close attention this year, maybe someone can send in some up to date reviews. Thanks grandma in fla.


Posted November 23, 2013

This school is a well-balanced school between lower classmen and upperclassmen. If you are a freshmen then you'll be placed into the 9th grade academy. It's basically just you and your whole grade having classes in the same hall, if not, one or two classes in the other hallways upperclassmen share. As a freshmen you also get a different block schedule and you have lunch with your whole grade and a couple of upperclassmen. However you'll definitely have upperclassmen in you're 4th block just because your schedule will collide with theirs. Overall HHI is a party school but the students keep it at a decent level and have academic levels pretty high! Bird gang till I die! GO SEAHAWKS!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 22, 2013

Great school. The IB Program is wonderful, and the staff is fantastic, and the leadership is very strong. A safe and healthy environment for students, lots of support.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 5, 2013

This high school is one of South Carolina's best! Great students, great staff, and a great community. Please check out this school if you are thinking about relocating to beautiful Beaufort County.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 30, 2012

I graduated from this school in 2008 with an IB Diploma. Contrary to some beliefs, I am not from a family with money, as was evidenced by our struggle to pay the mortgage every month back then. If you want to succeed in high school you can do it here. Contrary to some "tracking" beliefs, it really is up to the individual. I just recently graduated from George Washington University and even though I have a lot of debt, I can't regret my education for a minute. The IB program in conjunction with the arts programs offered at HHIH opened the door to my education and current success.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 13, 2011

I am not a fan of HHHS. From what I saw, this school implies a tracking system which allowed for lower performing students to fall through the cracks. I have seen the kinds of students who prosper after graduation, they are the ones with money, the ones that were pushed into AP and IB courses in high school and whose parents had pull. On the other spectrum, the lower performing students are now at low end jobs, single parents, and going no where. I unfortunately never met a teacher who genuinely seemed interested in their students actually succeeding or pushed or motivated me in any sort of way. I am now luckily at a top college in the state, but that is in no way thanks to Hilton Head High. Go to Prep if you have the chance, everyone succeeds, not just a lucky few like HHHS.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 6, 2010

The school is great. It is well run, the students are in uniform and the halls are quiet and orderly. The IB program is wonderful. It is very vigorous and really prepares students for college. The teachers are top rate. There are also many AP courses available. Generally we have been very satisfied with the caliber of learning that is expected and the range of classes offered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2008

The teachers are amazing, the International Baccalaureate program is not a sham. It is highly recognized world wide and any student that has endured it will be well prepared for college and the business world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2007

I am hoping that the new principal will hold true to her promise of structure and discipline. This is a school of have and have nots and in the past if you were'nt at the top of the heap you were headed for trouble while other parents bought their kids out of trouble. The IB program is a sham. The majority of the instructors were'nt properly trained
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2007

Hilton Head High School is amazing. I dont think there is much else to say. It is a whole lot better than any of the other schools on Hilton Head, private included. I have been through the entire school system and currently have a 4.9 GPA. The IB program is awesome, and the teachers are dedicated. The atmosphere is comforting, not overwhelming, and it helps students put forth their best effort. Overall, Hilton Head High School is a great school. I am being a bit lax on my choice of words, but I dont know what else to say! Its great!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 24, 2005

Hilton Head High is an excellent school! The teachers are fantastic, dedicated, knowledgable and willing to work with students. The administration is also dedicated to making HHHS the best that it can be. I feel that it prepares students well for future endeavors and offers them a well-rounded foundation and quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2005

Some parts of HHHS are so old need major attention. Mold is a big problem and contributes to students and staff not feeling well. It just doesn't make for a suitable learning environment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 3, 2005

Hilton Head High School provides a great deal of art programs for students. Now with the opening of the Bluffton High School, HHHS has less students and teachers are able to spend more one on one time with students having trouble. The problem at the school is not the teachers, it is the principal. She does not know what she is doing and she needs to focus on things that are more important. I know first hand because I graduated from HHHS in 2004.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2004

Having graduated Hilton Head High School in 2003 I believe that I have earned the right to speak about some of the things that I encountered. The school is definantly not as bad as everyone says it is. I loved HHH and know first hand that the problems did not start until the 'new' principle came in 2001. I'm not going to mention names but parents and students know who i'm talking about. However, my teatchers were willing to take the time with us to make sure we understood what was being taught, and we did not move to the next lesson until every student had a grasp. The only huge problem I found with it was the bus schedule. But that is not HHH problem it is LaidLaws problem that needs to be addressed. But now that I have graduated and have an excellent career myself, thank you HHH.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2004

It is totally unbelievable that in an affluent community such as HH such a filthy, overcrowded institution exists. Those that can afford private schools replace parent responsibility with tution payments and the milieu in those schools refelect exactly that. When I have complained to the State Department of Education about the situation here. I was informed that my sitiuation was not an isolated one and I was advised to move. Want to buy a house?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2004

Both of my children graduated from this outstanding school. It offers a variety of strands to meet the diverse needs of the population. From the top students through to the most challenged, there is something for everyone. International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement courses challenge the best and brightest. A top-notch vocational program (at an alternative site) is available for the students more geared toward a career after graduation. The arts department is the crowned jewel of the school. Both performing and visual arts programs are exemplary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

This school would be so much better is the community was more involved and the leadership was worth listening to. Granted I had some great teachers while I was there, they need to find a leader that will listen to the students as well as the teachers.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 10, 2003

As a parent involved with the school/s here and having gone on many class trips. It is a very sad state that our schools are more concerned about how the 'numbers' look than teaching our children. Drug/alcohol abuse is abundant with little or no effort put into stopping it. This is a beautiful town we live in when we look at it with blinders, underneath the beauty lies many lost children and a system that is finding ways to make everything look good on paper to prove that there is not a problem here. Where is the concern? Had I known now what I do now I would not of moved here and placed my kids in such a place where they become a small number rather than one of the many building blocks of this country's future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2003

I moved here with my daughter in 9/02 from Connecticut. She entered 10th grade. This school is far behind everything that we were used too. The drug and violence situation is worse, the teacher competency and quality is worse. They have lower standards for the students along with the fact that they are behind academically. It was a big mistake and I feel I have jeopardized my daughters future. Now I am looking into home schooling. Very unfortunate
—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.
English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 91% in 2013.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

314 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % level 2, 3, or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) to test grade 10 students in English/Language Arts and Math. The HSAP is a high school graduation requirement. The HSAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 2.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

All Students92%
Female97%
Male88%
African-American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Subsidized meals83%
Full-pay meals97%
Disabled44%
Not disabled96%
English language learners84%
Proficient in English95%
Non-migrant92%

Math

All Students88%
Female91%
Male85%
African-American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Subsidized meals76%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled41%
Not disabled91%
English language learners76%
Proficient in English91%
Non-migrant88%
Scale: % level 2, 3, or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) to test grade 10 students in English/Language Arts and Math. The HSAP is a high school graduation requirement. The HSAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 2.

The different student groups are identified by the South Carolina Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
73%
Applied Biology

The state average for Applied Biology was 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 80% in 2013.

286 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%
English I

The state average for English I was 77% in 2013.

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
76%
Mathematics for the Technologies 2

The state average for Mathematics for the Technologies 2 was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 60% in 2011.

257 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
63%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 95% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 57% in 2013.

237 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
39%
Scale: %D, C, B, A

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP) to test middle and high school students in Algebra I, Mathematics for the Technologies II, Biology I, English I, US History, and US History and Government. The EOCEP provides tests in high school core courses and for courses taken in middle school for high school credit. The EOCEP is a standards-based test program, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score a C or above.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 58% 53%
Hispanic 26% 7%
Black 15% 36%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 28%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Hilton Head Island Middle School
St. Gregory & St. Francis
Sea Pines Montessori
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of South Carolina
Clemson
College of Charleston
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition 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)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Palmetto's Finest High School (2012)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Red Carpet Award (2012)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Electrical
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • 1 Chinese,2 French, + Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish, French

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool
Clubs
  • SADD
  • Special olympics

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 2:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Amanda O'Nan
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (843) 689-4948

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Standards-based
  • Virtual school
  • Vocational School students can attend
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Social justice
  • Special education
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Vocational education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Agriculture
  • Auto mechanics
  • Construction / building
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary
  • Electrical
  • Industrial / graphic design
  • Welding certification

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • 1 Chinese,2 French, + Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Bus Transportation offered
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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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
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Foreign language club: Spanish, French
  • JROTC
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • SADD
  • Science club
  • Special olympics
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Making donations of supplies or funds
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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What are your chances?

Students typically come from these schools
Hilton Head Island Middle School
St. Gregory & St. Francis
Sea Pines Montessori

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of South Carolina
Clemson
College of Charleston
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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70 Wilborn Rd
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
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Phone: (843) 689-4800

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