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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    C
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Avery County High School is a public school located in Newland, NC. It has 430 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 32% of students are at least proficient in math and 22% in reading.

Avery County High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
22%
Percent Proficient - Math
32%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1080
29 responses
Average ACT
23
51 responses
AP Enrollment
6%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$36,375
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,027
National
$949
Median Home Value
$212,500
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
82%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.11 responses
Poll
45%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.11 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 17 responses
  • Football games
    35%
  • Homecoming
    24%
  • Graduation
    12%
  • Plays
    12%
  • Band Competitions***
    6%
  • Band Compititions
    6%
  • Stem field trips
    6%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
430
Free or Reduced Lunch
47%
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.10 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.10 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.10 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$47,202
Teachers in First/Second Year
2%
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.13 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.13 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.13 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$12,153/ year
National
$12,239
84%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.19 responses
32%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.19 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.19 responses
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The school has some absolutely amazing teachers who really care about the students and really work with them to help them achieve goals, even though the funding is terrible! The school really suffers all the books and materials there are in very bad condition and in need of updating with the school itself. The school itself is quite bad there are even some parts of the school that are shut down due to mold and there is almost no diversity there at all! Although there are lots of counselors there that are always ready to help prep students for college and the sports there are very impressive for how small the school is, but a major thing they need to improve is Safety! They never take any threats to the school seriously and put many students at risk. They instead just stick to spending all funding on the football field and plastering security cameras all over the school that do absolutely nothing.
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When I attended this school i saw a few things. I saw some very hard working determined teachers, I also some teachers drag themselves to school daily and not want to be there as much as the other students. There were some great programs in my intended field there were engineering classes, drafting, principals of technology(physics applied to engineering), and computer repair classes. Those classes were great and helpful and I learned many great things i would use later on in life. besides horticulture and capentry there wasent much else as texhnology/ hands on occupations. There were many programs that were cut do to budget issues ie the new multi million dollar astroterf football field. Sports were more highly praised and sought after than academics however we did win a few academic competions over the years. If not for the few hard working determined teachers pulling the slack of the rest of the faculty I would have hated highschool.
Overall I have had a pretty great time at Avery County High School. Most of the teachers there are really nice and are wanting to help the students. There are a few bad teachers though. I think that Avery County High School could have done better with teaching us stuff that we actually need to know how to do like taxes. They also needed to do more to stop vaping.