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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
Kestrel Heights Charter School is a public, charter school located in Durham, NC. It has 559 students in grades K-8 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 39% of students are at least proficient in math and 44% in reading.

Kestrel Heights Charter School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
44%
Percent Proficient - Math
39%
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

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
559
Free or Reduced Lunch
28%
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.14 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.14 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.14 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.4%
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses
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I've been attending Kestrel Heights since my freshman year and I love it. I've often questioned what my experience would've been like attending a regular public school, but I'm glad I didn't. Kestrel is a pretty small school, this allows students to really build relationships with their teachers, coaches, even our principals., and build real friendships with other students. Unfortunately, Kestrel Heights is being threatened to get closed down. Faculty, parents and majority of our students (even seniors) have been putting forth as much support as we can to help prevent the school from getting shut down. Like I said, I've been here for four years, even though I won't be here next year, I'd be devastated not being able to go back and visit old teachers and watch some of my fellow classmates grow into bright seniors. As we always say, once a Kestrel, always a Kestrel!
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I loved the school, I went to kestrel from 6th grade to 12th. I think being a student at Kestrel for so long molded me into a more focused human being. We did a lot of different school activities vs other schools, such as reading day or art day. These days were dedicated to learning something new while having fun learning it. All types of talents surfaced every year and it made us more excited about going to school !It was sad to see it go but I’m glad the issues that needed resolving are getting the attention needed. A charter school is definitely a plus in my eyes. I felt left out for a while, not knowing how the semester schedule worked until college, or what it was like to go to the schools home football games (we didn’t have a field, didn’t even have a team till my sophomore year ), I didn’t get the full “normal” high school experience. And I’m not mad at that. Kestrel had some great staff and better students.
I went to Kestrel Heights for my entire middle and high school career. I personally loved the school. My teachers and peers were all amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed myself there. Unfortunately, the school board got rid of the high school, but I know for a fact the elementary and middle school are amazing!