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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Johnston County Schools is an above average, public school district located in Smithfield, NC. It has 34,815 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 45% of students are at least proficient in math and 48% in reading.
Address
2320 Hwy 70 E Business
Smithfield, NC 27577
Telephone
(919) 934-6031

Johnston County Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
48%
Percent Proficient - Math
45%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1130
818 responses
Average ACT
24
725 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
34,815
Free or Reduced Lunch
45.4%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$38,882
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.9%

Finances

Total Expenses
$278,019,000
Expenses Per Student
$8,802/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    64%
  • Support Services
    31%
  • Other
    5%

Johnston County Schools Reviews

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I enjoyed the diversity in the schools amongst students and teachers. Throughout not only high school, but elementary and middle school too, teachers worked with you and did everything they could to make you successful. Whether you were a student that learned through lecture, worksheets, hands-on activities or reading the information, teachers made sure everyone's needs were met. Not only did teachers support you in the classroom, but if a student played a sport or was in the band they supported you in that as well. Most of our teachers try to create a personal relationship with the students and view them as a person, not as "someone in their class".
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My experience with Johnston County Schools was an incredibly negative one. As a school district, they pride themselves in claiming to help students prepare for life, meanwhile they refuse to address any serious issues that the students face.
For example; my sophomore year I was inappropriately touched- unwillingly- by another student. The administration didn't even report it. The incident was brought to the attention of the school by my father after I called him bawling from a school bathroom. The teachers push their political views on students and are only ever focused on the sport teams versus their lesson plans.
If you have the choice between sending your kids to Wake County Schools, or Johnston County Schools - ALWAYS pick Wake County.
We need more resources, such as class materials like textbooks, class sets of novels, etc. Students at the Early College should also have access to sports, band, or JROTC through the school system. We have the opportunity to take college classes through JCC to earn credit towards a degree while still in high school, which is good, and the athletics and band programs are generally well funded for those who can participate. However, many of the older school buildings are dirty and in disrepair and they need fixing.