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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Cary High School is a highly rated, public school located in Cary, NC. It has 2,458 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 59% of students are at least proficient in math and 62% in reading.
Address
638 Walnut St
Cary, NC 27511
Telephone
(919) 460-3549
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Cary High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
62%
Percent Proficient - Math
59%
Average Graduation Rate
88%
Average SAT
1190
299 responses
Average ACT
25
171 responses
AP Enrollment
21%

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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    A
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$97,755
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,133
National
$949
Median Home Value
$323,000
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
77%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.39 responses
Poll
69%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.39 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 152 responses
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  • Sporting Events
    15%
  • Singing Valentine's
    13%
  • Cary Band Day
    13%
  • Prom
    11%
  • Green Tie Gala
    11%
  • Cary's Got Talent (talent show)
    9%
  • Spring Assembly
    9%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,458
Free or Reduced Lunch
32%
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.45 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.45 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.45 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$42,726
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.3%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.54 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.54 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.54 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$9,803/ year
National
$12,239
87%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.61 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.61 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.61 responses
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Cary high school was great while I was attending. I was a transfer student from All around the triangle, Raleigh, Durham, Cary. Finishing my junior and freshman years here was a blast! Teachers were so aware of students needs. The clubs available to me were endless to the student body's imagination. For a public school, Cary High school is the number one choice for any parent to send their children to. When it came to further my education after high school, Cary high developed deep connections with Colleges in the area. Hosting fairs for students to meet with Admission members of colleges that I found too, later on, enroll with.
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I believe collaboration with the local community on social media could really push the school to a higher level of success. Practically all the kids, most parents and many areas businesses and agencies access social media on a regular basis. The town of Cary has grown tremendously in the last 20+ years and Cary High is the original high school and it is centrally located in town. This combination of a rich history and prime location provide both the town and school the unique advantage to connect and nourish a sense of community pride. I would like to see more opportunities where the school and town work together to create win win solutions. Some examples are recycling programs, child mentoring programs, senior partnering programs, and downtown revitalization. Social media recognition, whether it's a shout out or winning a prize, for student efforts is an easy collaborative way to help foster pride for the students and the community.
My experience at Cary High was superb. There was really something here for everyone, whether your an athlete, an academic, an arts kid, and those in between. There is a great selection of classes to choose from, from CTE classes, to core electives, and many classes in the arts. We put 2 drama productions a year, and our marching band competes in multiple competitions a year, making their way up to Indiana for Bands of America Nationals each fall. Back in 2016, we even had the opportunity to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. To celebrate the arts, we put on a gala each spring, showcasing chorus, band, drama, and art. Athletic wise, we are pretty good- Cary isn’t a big football school, all are activities are given the same light to shine. Teachers here are very well-qualified, and many become mentors to their students. Honestly, I can’t think of anything to change- it’s simply amazing the way it is, and I really hope it stays this way.