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C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
McDowell High School is a public school located in Marion, NC. It has 1,663 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 35% of students are at least proficient in math and 39% in reading.
Address
600 Mcdowell High School Dr
Marion, NC 28752
Telephone
(828) 652-7920
Website

McDowell High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
39%
Percent Proficient - Math
35%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
1090
141 responses
Average ACT
22
74 responses
AP Enrollment
14%
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Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    NG
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Cost of Living
    A-
  4. Good for Families
    C+
Area Feel
Rural
Median Household Income
$36,778
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$590
National
$949
Median Home Value
$105,200
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
78%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
56%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • Football Games
    32%
  • Yearbook Signing
    22%
  • Classes with the good teachers
    19%
  • Basketball and baseball games
    11%
  • Pep Rally
    11%
  • Cross country
    3%
  • Marching Band
    3%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,663
Free or Reduced Lunch
55%
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.20 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.20 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.20 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$39,526
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.1%
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.27 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.27 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.27 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$9,126/ year
National
$12,239
73%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.33 responses
27%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.33 responses
24%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.33 responses
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McDowell High School has given me many opportunities to expand my knowledge, skills, and communication. I enjoyed the school spirit and involvement of the clubs/organizations that were held. Although it is a small school, there were many programs that will help grow students into the person they want to become. I've been in several of their leadership programs, with each one giving me experiences that will last a lifetime. The teachers are willing to cooperate with students and provide any help that is needed.
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McDowell High School is a good high school. However, it lacks solid support for the marching band. Furthermore, there seems to be more emphasis on athletics than on academics. In addition, the academic programs are average with some classes poorly taught. For example, some teachers assign a tremendous amount of homework to make up for the lack of instruction in the classroom. Moreover, the school is very crowded with at least thirty students in each classroom. Overall, I have enjoyed my experience at McDowell High School inspire of its many shortcomings.
At McDowell High School I love how the teachers are always willing to help regardless of the situation. They are always keeping the students up to date about opportunities and helping us reach our full potential. On the other hand, I would like to see better disciplinary action with students who disrupt class, with students who use tobacco on campus, and with students who are disrespectful to faculty and/or peers.