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  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
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  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
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  8. Sports
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  9. Food
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  10. Resources & Facilities
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Highland School of Technology is a highly rated, public school located in Gastonia, NC. It has 557 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 92% of students are at least proficient in math and 95% in reading.
Address
1600 N Morris Street
Gastonia, NC 28052
Telephone
(704) 810-8816
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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
177 responses
Average ACT
26
65 responses
AP Enrollment
18%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$43,985
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$806
National
$949
Median Home Value
$140,100
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
95%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.21 responses
Poll
81%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.21 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 84 responses
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  • Spirit Week
    20%
  • Prom
    17%
  • Homecoming Game
    14%
  • Trips to FBLA state competitions
    12%
  • Senior Toga Day
    12%
  • Trips to HOSA states
    10%
  • Senior Steak Lunch
    8%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
557
Free or Reduced Lunch
27%
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.24 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.24 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.24 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$42,013
Teachers in First/Second Year
1.2%
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.32 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.32 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.32 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
$8,674/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.33 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.33 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.33 responses
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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.
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The teachers at Highland do more than just prepare students for the real world; they inspire students and open their mindsets to pursue their true passions and make deep connections with them. Highland School of Technology is also a Blue Ribbon School, which is an outstanding achievement for schools nationally; this achievement means that Highland was one of the 342 schools (middle and high schools) that were selected out of all the schools in the entire nation because of the overall academic achievement, numerous awards, amazing staff, and most successful students. My experience with Highland School of Technology was a life-changing experience because it showed that I needed to compete with the strongest students (which is almost everyone at Highland) to survive in the academic world and that I can get better every single day with hard work with a smart plan.
Highland School of Technology is a rigorous, high-performing, and determined school. Through this school I have been offered and exposed to so many opportunities that I would not have been able to receive in feeder high school. This high school not only test my limits academically but also through extracurriculars and sports. Everyday at Highland something is happening whether it is a general meeting for HOSA, FBLA, TSA, or BETA club or a sporting event after school. No matter the time you come to Highland, there will always be something happening and you are always welcome to join and be apart of it. The school is built on the principles of not only succeeding but succeeding in a way that leaves a legacy/story behind for the generations to come. Highland has thought me as a person that simply "passing" is not going to get me anywhere except for average, if I wish to be remembered than I must doing something worth being remembered for.