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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
    B
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Cary High School is a highly rated, public school located in Cary, NC. It has 2,390 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 1% of students are at least proficient in math and 56% in reading.

Cary High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
56%
Percent Proficient - Math
1%
Average Graduation Rate
89%
Average SAT
1190
367 responses
Average ACT
26
211 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
Median Household Income
$101,079
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,199
National
$949
Median Home Value
$337,700
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
79%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.43 responses
Poll
70%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.43 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 170 responses
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  • Sporting Events
    15%
  • Singing Valentine's
    14%
  • Cary Band Day
    12%
  • Green Tie Gala
    12%
  • Prom
    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
2,390
Free or Reduced Lunch
30%
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.49 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.49 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.49 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$44,525
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.3%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.58 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.58 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.58 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
$11,149/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.65 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.65 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.65 responses
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It was amazing, the teachers are soooo nice and helping when it comes to one on one and interactive lessons with the entire class, you can feel the connection they have with the students as well and know right away that each and every teacher cares about every student they have and knows that they want them to succeed later in life. Athletics made this an even better experience being able to make new friendships and being able to have a second family with the people that you play sports with for 4 years, CHS soccer taught me a lot. I couldn’t have asked for a better school to go to and I enjoyed all 4 years I was at Cary and am proud to be graduating with the class of 2020! It was a fun ride :)
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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.
I transferred to Cary High School towards the end of my senior year. Being in a new state, new town, and new school was intimidating; however, Cary High School was very welcoming, thus making my transition manageable and very enjoyable! Cary High is a great school, with many great programs and even better staff.