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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Saint Stephens High School is an above average, public school located in Hickory, NC. It has 1,251 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 1% of students are at least proficient in math and 49% in reading.

Saint Stephens High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
49%
Percent Proficient - Math
1%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1160
124 responses
Average ACT
24
82 responses
AP Enrollment
12%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    A-
Median Household Income
$47,964
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$706
National
$949
Median Home Value
$128,400
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
80%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.15 responses
Poll
73%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.15 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 34 responses
Report
  • Marching Band Halftime Show
    26%
  • Anything having to do with the student section
    15%
  • Parting of the Red Sea
    15%
  • Coffehouse performances
    12%
  • The Spirit Week field days and car show
    12%
  • Spirit Week
    9%
  • Homecoming
    6%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,251
Free or Reduced Lunch
44%
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.18 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.18 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.18 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$45,387
Teachers in First/Second Year
1.2%
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.22 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.22 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.22 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
$8,860/ year
National
$12,239
81%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.21 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.21 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.21 responses
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Just your average school if I'm honest. A lot of the teachers are great at their jobs, especially those in the visual arts department who are clearly passionate about what they do. Relatively diverse. Some students tend to be pretty intolerant and judgmental (that's not really the school's fault, but still.) Overall great teachers, amazing faculty, but it's not a spectacular school. They've got a great arts department and library, though!
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The School is very nice and the teachers are amazing! They offer a wide variety of honors and AP classes. The teachers are very supportive and try to help in every way they can. The sports are very exciting, they have a very good wrestling program and the other programs are good as well. The teachers that teach advanced / honors/ AP courses are very proficient and know a lot about the subject they teach, so they can prepare students for the AP test. Would recommend to any student.
Saint Stephens High School allowed me to discover my interests and explore different courses. Unfortunately, there tended to be social barriers that separated people into various categories. I rate my experience as average because that is exactly what it is: average. There is nothing extraordinary, nor is there anything below. I went to football games that lacked school spirit, and I attended to pep rallies that lasted all of 10 minutes. I met people, some of which I did and did not like, and that is my high school experience, painfully average.