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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    C
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Highland School of Technology is a highly rated, public school located in Gastonia, NC. It has 550 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 92% of students are at least proficient in math and 95% in reading.

Highland School of Technology Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
95%
Percent Proficient - Math
92%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1180
214 responses
Average ACT
26
80 responses
AP Enrollment
18%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$46,301
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$847
National
$949
Median Home Value
$144,000
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
96%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.25 responses
Poll
84%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.25 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 101 responses
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  • Spirit Week
    19%
  • Prom
    16%
  • Homecoming Game
    13%
  • Senior Toga Day
    13%
  • Trips to FBLA state competitions
    11%
  • Senior Steak Lunch
    9%
  • Trips to HOSA states
    8%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
550
Free or Reduced Lunch
24%
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.28 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.28 responses
29%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.28 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$43,495
Teachers in First/Second Year
1.2%
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.36 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.36 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.36 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$9,931/ year
National
$12,239
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.37 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.37 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.37 responses
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I have been attending Highland for the past 3 years and during these times it did not hold up great. The staff has not taken peoples work schedules and family issues into the new curriculum and have been much harder than it ever has been. Teachers are unsure what to keep going with or throwing everything in a one hour class. However highland before coronavirus was amazing. The teachers knew their students and understood them,most continue this level of understanding to their students. It is a lgbtq friendly school where we can feel accepted and does not allow bullying. Every student has a close relationship with the staff members. They offer many fun classes that thoroughly teach us course material. Clubs are mostly academic focused but taken seriously and highly encouraged. The school also pushes for volunteer hours, requiring them in sophomore year. The school takes us and tries to breed us into upstanding citizens as insensitive as it may be they have our best interests in mind.
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I absolutely love the teachers at HST! They tend to be fantastic at making their material engaging regardless of the subject. They are very supportive of their students as well and amazing at preparing students for college.

The school is largely free of major problems which plague the average public high school. Criminal activity is unheard of at Highland because students must have clean behavior records to be considered for the lottery and will be expelled for such violations. Bullying is also extremely rare and most students are incredibly accepting. Intelligence is considered cool and hardly anyone makes negative comments about the physical appearance of others.

Competition for valedictorian is EXTREMELY fierce, so any factor reducing the number of AP classes taken could destroy your chance of being in the top 10. This is really the only reason why I cannot give Highland a perfect 5 stars.
It is an amazing high school experience! However, hard work is needed to maintain good grades. The school is amazing, there is not many other students due to the fact that it's a magnet school.