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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Discovery High School is a highly rated, public, magnet school located in Newton, NC. It has 247 students in grades PK, 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 75% of students are at least proficient in math and 85% in reading.
Address
301 West 18th St
Newton, NC 28658
Telephone
(828) 466-5581

Discovery High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
85%
Percent Proficient - Math
75%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1210
29 responses
Average ACT
28
16 responses
AP Enrollment
51%
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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$33,756
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$679
National
$949
Median Home Value
$113,700
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
80%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.5 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.5 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 21 responses
Report
  • Community
    24%
  • Family
    19%
  • Norms not Rules
    19%
  • enrichment
    10%
  • Science Olympiad
    10%
  • Spirit Week
    10%
  • Park Trip
    5%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
247
Free or Reduced Lunch
34%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.7 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.7 responses
29%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.7 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$38,278
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.8 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.8 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.8 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$9,275/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses
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As a senior of Discovery High School, I highly recommend any eighth grader to apply. Discovery is a project based and technologically inclined school, that has understanding teachers to help aid students with whatever needs they might have. The staff's goal is to prepare the students for college and a future career, with multiple unique classes and clubs to encourage students to step into or out of their comfort zone. My past three years haves been awesome!
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Discovery is a project based school with all honors classes. The staff all work to help the students grow. The teachers use technology and hands on activities to prepare students for their future. When one student is struggling, whether with classwork or with a personal issue, the adults reach out and work their hardest to help them. The students have to meet certain requirements to be accepted, so the school contains students who are academically inclined. This school is a place where students are able to flourish and grow. Creativity and academics are combined to make this a wonderful places for teenagers to learn. I'd recommend any high school student in the Newton-Conover area to check out the morals of the school and the people who learn and teach there.
I chose Discovery because I knew I needed to start thinking about my future. Each student is required to have their own laptop or they are given the choice of renting one from the school. We are a project based school and we encourage thinking outside of the box. While we still encounter some of the same issues that are found at a regular school like fights and bullying, it is all at a smaller percentage in comparison. Some of the benefits of being a school of about 200 students is that we are given the opportunity of making personal connections with the students and faculty. Our school may have some flaws but overall our school offers freedoms and an experience that no other school will be able to offer.