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  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    C
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Hillside High School is a public, magnet school located in Durham, NC. It has 1,331 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 25% of students are at least proficient in math and 24% in reading.

Hillside High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
24%
Percent Proficient - Math
25%
Average Graduation Rate
81%
Average SAT
1000
175 responses
Average ACT
21
122 responses
AP Enrollment
7%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$55,851
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,005
National
$949
Median Home Value
$207,900
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
71%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.17 responses
Poll
59%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.17 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 66 responses
  • Football Games
    21%
  • Being able to experience new things.
    18%
  • Step Show
    17%
  • Fish Frys
    12%
  • Drama
    9%
  • Learning more about the events
    8%
  • Dance
    5%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,331
Free or Reduced Lunch
65%
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.20 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.20 responses
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.20 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$43,354
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.6%
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.30 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.30 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.30 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$11,350/ year
National
$12,239
81%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.31 responses
35%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.31 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.31 responses
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My high school experience was amazing, unfortunately I won't have a senior year due to COVID. The teachers, for the most part, showed their care for the students. They encouraged us to strive for a particular goal we were aiming for and made sure that we were engaged every step of the way. The sport coaches were friendly, interactive, and pushed you to the very end. My academics throughout high school remained high and the IB (International Baccalaureate) program ensured that I was ahead of the game. I was in the top 5% of my class and engaged with my peers often. One thing I didn't like is the organization associated with the IB program. Often a lot of us who were involved in the program struggled keeping up with the requirements and side projects. It's the memory and the friendships that counts in high school and I'm glad I attended this school. I've been through the ups and downs and I'm satisfied with the experiences this high school presented to me. :)
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Hillside High School is a four-year high school in Durham NC. This is a highly diverse school where students can express themselves and their passions daily. With over 100 different clubs and extra-curricular activities we have a vast variety of options to choose from in order to grow and expand our horizon. During my 4 years at Hillside I have been a dancer for the Hillside marching band, I have cheered with the JV cheer team, I have ran track for our award winning Hillside track team, and I am currently a dancer for the Hillside Dance Company. I am also apart of many clubs provided through my school. It is so exciting to be apart of a school with such an exciting atmosphere. For example, at our school football and basketball games the school spirit is through the roof. The students go above and beyond to show that Hillside High School is the greatest high school in North Carolina. The past 4 years at Hillside has help mold me into the person I am today, and I am grateful.
Hillside is a historically black high school, so it is majority Black students. However, the diversity here is unmatched. Walk the halls and you'll see people of all kinds of colors and backgrounds, whether that be Muslim, Hispanic, or white, I believe every culture is seen here. There is also incredible access and resources available to the students. Free college prep and standardized tests (ACT and SAT), an expansive library complete with computers and printers, and an incredible staff that are always working their hardest to ensure every student gets the help and support they need. With that being said, there is only one thing I'd like to change and that's the academics. Having moved from a P.W high school in Texas, the academic standards are much lower. Information is spoon-fed to the students and tests/work is elementary when compared to white institutions. A lot of the students aren't prepared academically for college, especially when compared to students at other schools.