Local School Information

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York School District 1

Clover School District 2

Rock Hill School District 3

Fort Mill School District 4

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District

 


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More Useful Local School Information

Below is a selection of 3 area schools from York County, SC and 3 area schools from Mecklenburg County, NC (Charlotte) and various information about the schools. The schools selected are:

  • Fort Mill High School in York County, SC
  • Clover High School in York County,SC
  • Northwestern High School in York County, SC
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  • South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, NC
  • Waddell High School in Charlotte, NC
  • Olympic High School in Charlotte, NC

For each school there is a brief list of Interesting Features/Achievements.


Fort Mill High School

• The Fort Mill High Schools Band won the State Class AAA Marching Championships.
• 74% of the Districts professional staff hold a Masters degree or higher.
• District Schools are accredited by the Southern Assn. of Colleges and Schools.
• The Drama Club puts on a Fall and Spring production.
• The HS offers an environmental club called SAVE.
• The FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) is active at the HS.
• Fort Mill HS has a LIFE Program for drug and alcohol awareness.
• Fort Mill HS offers Junior ROTC to students as the Marines service unit of the military.
• Various Honors courses are available at the High School.
• The Fine Arts Dept. performs various times during the year.
• Fort Mill puts emphasis on communication with parents and community.
• A new program will teach Spanish to grades one and two.
• The ST-ARTS Program is available for students displaying talent in the arts.
• Kindergarten is offered as a full day program.
• Riverview Elementary, Gold Hill Elementary, Orchard Park Elementary, Springfield Elementary, Gold Hill Middle and Fort Mill High School were awarded the 2003-04 Palmetto Gold Award for improved academic performance.

Clover High School

• Jrs./Srs. may take British Authors & US History through the distance learning program.
• District Schools are accredited by the Southern Assn. of Colleges and Schools.
• 60% of the Districts professional staff hold a Masters degree or higher.
• The School offers the students an SAT Preparation Course.
• Clover Junior High School has two Technology Labs and an in-house TV Studio.
• Students may take electives in Astronomy and Environmental Science.
• The District has over 1,000 computers for use by students and staff.
• Intramural wrestling is offered to students at the High School.
• New courses added includes: Ceramics, Graphics, Cartooning & Jewelry Design.
• Clover HS offers Junior ROTC to students as the Air Force service unit of the military.
• The Drama Club performs several times a year.
• Bethel Elementary, Crowders Creek Elementary and Griggs Road Elementary were awarded the 2001-02 Palmetto Gold Award for improved academic performance.
• The Clover HS girls tennis team were 3AA state champions in 2003.
• For the 2002/03 school year, Clover HS received a rating of Excellent on the school report card.
• Clover HS is a participating member of the National Honor Society.

Northwestern High School

• Northwestern High School has Block Scheduling.
• Every school has a thirty station computer lab.
• Students may participate in Model United Nations, a group focusing on world issues.
• Four courses are offered in Marketing Education.
• The Rock Hill Applied Technology Center offers programs in twenty occupational areas.
• The school has various clubs, including: Political Science and Rocket Clubs.
• Industrial Technology & Provocation courses are available to ninth and tenth graders.
• Courses offered at the center include: Commercial Arts, Electricity & Graphic Communication.
• Students are consistent winners in competitions in Academics, Fine Arts and Athletics.
• Northwestern Senior High School is accredited by the Southern Assn. of Colleges and Schools.
• 68% of the Districts professional staff hold a Masters degree or higher.
• Mt. Gallant Elementary exemplary writing is a school wide effort.
• The Drama Club performs several times a year.
• Northwestern Sr. HS has an Air Force ROTC.
• A 3-wk program for gr. 6, 7, & 8 is provided in drama, dance, art & music.
• A program for academically gifted students is offered in grades 3-12.
• Honors and advanced placement courses are offered in the high schools.
• A 9th grader at Northwestern won the boys state tennis championship.
• All classes were provided Internet access.
• Distance learning labs were established at both high schools.
• Eight schools were recipients of state incentive rewards.
• The Honor Society at the HS received one of ten national awards for community service.
• Peer mediation programs were provided at all secondary schools.
• Kindergarten is offered as a full day program for 5 year olds and a half day program for 4 years olds.
• A Conflict Resolution Program will be implemented at all elementary schools.
• Ebenezer Avenue Elementary was awarded the 2001-02 Palmetto Silver Award for improved academic performance.
• The Northwestern Sr. HS received the Palmetto finest award for the 2000/01 school year.
• for the 2002 school year, Northwestern Sr. HS received the Flagship School of Promise award.
• The for the 2002/03 school year, Northwestern Sr. HS received the Red Carpet School Award and the SC Healthy School award.
• The Northwestern Sr. HS received the Palmetto Gold award for academic excellence in 2001/02 and 2002/03.
• Northwestern HS is a participating member of the National Honor Society.
• Sunset Park ES operates on a year round schedule.
• Central Child Development School is a preschool program for Rock Hill School District.
• The Children’s School at Sylvia Circle provides a true Montessori experience.
• Parent Smart/Rock Hill Family Resource Center provides parent-student learning environment and home schooling.
District Size
District

 York 4 w/Fort Mill HS

 York 2 w/Clover HS

 Rock Hill w/Northwestern

Lowest Grade Level *

 K

 Pre – K

 K

Highest Grade Level *

 12

 12

 12

Student Population

 7807

 5221

 10472

Teacher Population

 348

 263

 484

Professional Staff **

 372

 273

 515

Student/Teacher Ratio

22:1

19:1

21:1

Median Years of Teaching Experience

 16

 13

 10

# of Elementary Schools

 6

 6

 9

Average Elementary School Population

 658

 465

 462

# of Middle Schools / Junior High Schools

 2

 1

 3

Average Middle School Population

 852

 931

 991

Primary High School Population

 2152

 1500

 2437

Average Class Size ***
Grade 1

 21

 20

 22

Grade 8

 25

 25

 28

High School English

 21

 25

 27

High School Math

 21

 25

 27

High School Science

 21

 25

 27

* Districts with only elementary schools include information on the high school most students attend
** Includes guidance counselors, psychologists, social workers, librarians, medical/dental staff, and teachers.
*** Does not include special classes or targeted small group classes.

 

Elementary and Middle School Programs
District

 York 4 w/Fort Mill HS

 York 2 w/Clover HS

 Rock Hill w/Northwestern

Academic Programs
Formal Study of a Foreign Language

 K

 4

 7

Use of an Equipped Science Lab

 6

 2

 K

Formal Computer Training

 K

 K

 1

Use of an Equipped Computer Lab

 K

 K

 K

In-classroom Computers

 K

 K

Technology / Industrial Arts

 6

 7

 6

Home Economics

 6

 7

 6

English as a Second Language

 K

 K

 K

Fine Arts Programs
Band Instrument Lessons

 6

 6

 6

Orchestra Instrument Lessons

 6

Organized Band

 6

 6

 7

Organized Orchestra

 7

Organized Chorus

 4

 K

 7

Drama Productions

 4

 6

Radio / TV Production

 4

 8

 3

Gifted and Talented Pull-Out Programs
Fine Arts

 6

Mathematics

 3

 3

Science

 3

 3

General

 6

 3

 3

Magnet Programs
In-classroom Enrichment

 K

Academic Interschool Competitions
Odyssey of the Mind

 5

Reading Incentive

 K

 K

 K

Science Fair

 6

 5

 K

General Academic

 5

 5

 1

Other Programs
Before School Day Care
After School Day Care

 Y

 Y

 Y

After School Busing
Overnight Field Trips

 Y

 Y

 Y

 

Senior Performance
District

 York 4 w/Fort Mill HS

 York 2 w/Clover HS

 Rock Hill w/Northwestern

High School Seniors

 369

 297

 486

% of Seniors Receiving HS Diploma

 95%

 87%

 99%

Graduates’ Future Plans (% Attending)
4-Year College/University

60%

40%

53%

2-Year / Junior College

30%

20%

Business / Technical School

38%

Armed Forces

4%

2%

2%

Work Force

4%

38%

7%

Awards
National Merit Scholarship Finalists

 3

 4

National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists

 3

Letters of Commendation

 9

Average SAT Scores
% of Seniors taking SATs

79%

54%

72%

Math

 516

 505

 507

Verbal

 509

 489

 505

Average ACT Scores
% of Seniors taking ACTs

14%

10%

30%

English

 19.7

 20.3

 20.2

Math

 21.2

 20.7

 20.2

Science

 21

 20.8

 20.6

Reading

 20.7

 20.7

 20.6

Composite

 20.7

 20.7

 20.5

 


 

South Mecklenburg High

• School lists are based on district feeder pattern and area.
• For questions regarding which school your child will attend, call 704-379-7000.
• Over 40 District schools offer at least one of the many magnet programs available.
• For purposes of this report, total Magnet Schools are listed by area.
• For information on all Magnet offerings, call the Magnet Office at 704-343-5030.
• Some Magnet Schools have specific boundary and attendance requirements.
• Transportation to magnet schools may be limited-check with Magnet Office for details.
• South Mecklenberg HS offers courses in Chinese, Latin, French, Spanish and Japanese.
• District schools are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools.
• Full scholarships were awarded by U.S. Naval Academies at Annapolis & West Point.
• SAT Preparation Course is offered at South Mecklenberg High School.
• South Mecklenburg HS is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools.
• South Mecklenburg HS has a Navy ROTC on campus.
• Additional magnets include Visual, Performing and Communication Arts and Technology.
• Carmel Middle School participates in the AVID program, Advancement Via Individual Determination.
• South Mecklenburg High School offers Junior ROTC to students as the Naval service unit of the military.
• The district had 44 seniors chosen for National Merit Finalists this year.
• Pineville ES received Triple S School Award for being exemplary in providing a safe school 5/00.
• Elizabeth T/C, McAlpine and S. Charlotte ranked as a school of distinction by the state of NC.
• Several district schools ranked as making exemplary growth by the state of NC.
• Quail Hollow MS sports include football, basketball, track, & volleyball.
• Irwin ES, Piedmont MS and West Charlotte HS are Open Education magnet schools.
• Year-round education is provided at Bruns Avenue Elementary School.
• South Charlotte MS is a participating member of the National Honor Society.
• Quail Hollow MS is a participating member of the Junior National Honor Society.
• Carmel MS is a participating member of the Junior National Honor Society.
• Piedmont Open MS is recognized as a Blue Ribbon school by the US Department of Education.
• First Ward ES is recognized as a Blue Ribbon school by the US Department of Education.
• Carmel Junior HS is recognized as a Blue Ribbon school by the US Department of Education.
• Quail Hollow Middle School participates in the AVID program, Advancement Via Individual Determination.
• Hawthorne Middle School participates in the AVID program, Advancement Via Individual Determination.
• Math, Science, Foreign Language and Global Studies are among Magnet programs offered.
• HS Drama Club puts on a Spring production as well as several smaller productions.
• FBLA club (Future Business Leaders of America) is offered at the HS.
• HS offers an FTA Chapter (Future Teachers of America).
• FHA (Future Homemakers of America) is active at the HS.
• CMSD was recently named one of the 10 Best Districts in the Nation by Money Magazine.
• The District has also been recognized as a leader in School/Community partnerships.

Waddell High School

• School lists are based on district feeder pattern and area.
• For questions regarding which school your child will attend, call 704-379-7000.
• Over 40 District schools offer at least one of the many magnet programs available.
• For purposes of this report, total Magnet Schools are listed by area.
• For information on all Magnet offerings, call the Magnet Office at 704-343-5030.
• Some Magnet Schools have specific boundary and attendance requirements.
• Transportation to magnet schools may be limited-check with Magnet Office for details.
• The District has also been recognized as a leader in School/Community partnerships.
• District schools are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools.
• Several district schools ranked as making exemplary growth by the state of NC.
• Math, Science, Foreign Language and Global Studies are among Magnet programs offered.
• Additional magnets include Visual, Performing and Communication Arts and Technology.
• The Class of 2003 will be the first to graduate from Waddell HS.
• More Advanced Placement courses will be available in the Fall 2002.
• Drivers Education is coordinated by a private company on school grounds.
• The HS offers a Photography class.
• The District is in the process of redistricting; some magnet schools will not be magnet s next year.
• Hawthorne Middle School participates in the AVID program, Advancement Via Individual Determination.
• Kennedy Middle School participates in the AVID program, Advancement Via Individual Determination.
• Quail Hollow Middle School participates in the AVID program, Advancement Via Individual Determination.
• HS has outstanding sports programs, runner-up for state football championship second year school was open (2002-2003), Center for Instructional Improvement and large English as a Second Language program.
• E.E. Waddell HS is a participating (or demonstration) school in A.V.I.D., Advancement Via Individual Determination, whereby students receive academic and motivational support to succeed.
• Kennedy MS is a participating (or demonstration) school in A.V.I.D., Advancement Via Individual Determination, whereby students receive academic and motivational support to succeed.
• Marie G. Davis MS is a participating (or demonstration) school in A.V.I.D., Advancement Via Individual Determination, whereby students receive academic and motivational support to succeed.
• Quail Hollow MS is a participating (or demonstration) school in A.V.I.D., Advancement Via Individual Determination, whereby students receive academic and motivational support to succeed.
• Smith MS is a participating (or demonstration) school in A.V.I.D., Advancement Via Individual Determination, whereby students receive academic and motivational support to succeed.
• Spaugh MS is a participating (or demonstration) school in A.V.I.D., Advancement Via Individual Determination, whereby students receive academic and motivational support to succeed.
• First Ward ES is recognized as a Blue Ribbon school by the US Department of Education.
• Piedmont Open MS is recognized as a Blue Ribbon school by the US Department of Education.
• E.E. Waddell High School offers Junior ROTC program to students with the US Army service unit of the military.
• Carmel MS is a participating member of the Junior National Honor Society.
• E.E. Waddell HS is a participating member of the National Honor Society.
• Quail Hollow MS is a participating member of the Junior National Honor Society.
• Sedgefield MS is a participating member of the Junior National Honor Society.

Olympic High School

• School lists are based on district feeder pattern and area.
• For questions regarding which school your child will attend, call 704-379-7000.
• Over 40 District schools offer at least one of the many magnet programs available.
• For purposes of this report, total Magnet Schools are listed by area.
• For information on all Magnet offerings, call the Magnet Office at 704-343-5030.
• Some Magnet Schools have specific boundary and attendance requirements.
• Transportation to magnet schools may be limited-check with Magnet Office for details.
• Olympic High School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools.
• District schools are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools.
• Olympic HS serves variety of neighborhoods-inner city, suburbia, rural & lake resort.
• HS Drama Club puts on a at least 2 productions annually.
• Olympic HS has an Army ROTC.
• Math, Science, Foreign Language and Global Studies are among Magnet programs offered.
• Year-round education is provided at Bruns Avenue Elementary School.
• First Ward ES is recognized as a Blue Ribbon school by the US Department of Education.
• Kennedy Middle School participates in the AVID program, Advancement Via Individual Determination.
• Hawthorne Middle School participates in the AVID program, Advancement Via Individual Determination.
• Olympic High School participates in the AVID program, Advancement Via Individual Determination.
• Olympic High School offers Junior ROTC to students as the Army service unit of the military.
• The district had 44 seniors chosen for National Merit Finalists this year.
• Several district schools ranked as making exemplary growth by the state of NC.
• Davidson IB has been ranked as a school of excellence by the State of NC.
• Irwin ES, Piedmont MS and West Charlotte HS are Open Education magnet schools.
• Sedgfield MS is a participating member of the Junior National Honor Society.
• Marie G. Davis MS is a participating member of the Junior National Honor Society.
• Piedmont Open MS is recognized as a Blue Ribbon school by the US Department of Education.
• Additional magnets include Visual, Performing and Communication Arts and Technology.
• HS has a very active Red Cross Club.
• FBLA club (Future Business Leaders of America) is offered at the HS.
• FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) is available at the HS.
• HS International Club combines both French and Spanish Clubs.
• CMSD was recently named one of the 10 Best Districts in the Nation by Money Magazine.
• The District has also been recognized as a leader in School/Community partnerships

 

District Size
District

 Charlotte w/S. Mecklenburg

 Charlotte w/Waddell

 Charlotte w/Olympic

Lowest Grade Level *

 K

 Pre – K

 K

Highest Grade Level *

 12

 12

 12

Student Population

 15573

 11763

 10685

Teacher Population

 1269

 913

 884

Professional Staff **

 1369

 963

 974

Student/Teacher Ratio

12:1

12:1

12:1

Median Years of Teaching Experience

 15

 15

 15

# of Elementary Schools

 11

 11

 7

Average Elementary School Population

 659

 488

 641

# of Middle Schools / Junior High Schools

 6

 6

 6

Average Middle School Population

 987

 863

 773

Primary High School Population

 2202

 1022

 1367

Average Class Size ***
Grade 1

 24

 24

 24

Grade 8

 24

 24

 24

High School English

 28

 25

 25

High School Math

 28

 25

 25

High School Science

 28

 25

 25

* Districts with only elementary schools include information on the high school most students attend
** Includes guidance counselors, psychologists, social workers, librarians, medical/dental staff, and teachers.
*** Does not include special classes or targeted small group classes.

 

Elementary and Middle School Programs
District

 Charlotte w/S. Mecklenburg

 Charlotte w/Waddell

 Charlotte w/Olympic

Academic Programs
Formal Study of a Foreign Language

 K

 K

 K

Use of an Equipped Science Lab

 K

 K

 K

Formal Computer Training

 1

 1

 1

Use of an Equipped Computer Lab

 K

 K

 K

In-classroom Computers

 K

 K

 K

Technology / Industrial Arts

 6

 6

 6

Home Economics

 8

 8

 8

English as a Second Language

 K

 K

 K

Fine Arts Programs
Band Instrument Lessons

 6

 6

 6

Orchestra Instrument Lessons

 6

 6

 6

Organized Band

 6

 6

 6

Organized Orchestra

 6

 6

 6

Organized Chorus

 6

 6

 6

Drama Productions

 6

 6

 6

Radio / TV Production
Gifted and Talented Pull-Out Programs
Fine Arts
Mathematics
Science
General
Magnet Programs

 3

 3

 3

In-classroom Enrichment

 K

 K

 K

Academic Interschool Competitions
Odyssey of the Mind

 1

 1

 1

Reading Incentive

 1

 1

 1

Science Fair

 3

 3

 3

General Academic

 1

 1

 1

Other Programs
Before School Day Care

 Y

 Y

 Y

After School Day Care

 Y

 Y

 Y

After School Busing

 Y

 Y

 Y

Overnight Field Trips

 Y

 Y

 Y

 

Senior Performance
District

 Charlotte w/S. Mecklenburg

 Charlotte w/Waddell

 Charlotte w/Olympic

High School Seniors

 432

 185

 207

% of Seniors Receiving HS Diploma

 95%

 72%

 92%

Graduates’ Future Plans (% Attending)
4-Year College/University

69%

36%

35%

2-Year / Junior College

24%

32%

40%

Business / Technical School

2%

4%

Armed Forces

1%

3%

Work Force

4%

27%

22%

Awards
National Merit Scholarship Finalists

 1

National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists
Letters of Commendation

 5

Average SAT Scores
% of Seniors taking SATs

81%

49%

59%

Math

 530

 439

 463

Verbal

 527

 434

 455

Average ACT Scores
% of Seniors taking ACTs

15%

English

 22.1

Math

 22.7

Science

 22.5

Reading

 23.1

Composite

 22.7

* This information is gathered from the school districts directly by National School Reporting Services, Inc., and updated regularly. The information is believed to be accurate, but is subject to change. Information taken with permission from www.theschoolreport.com