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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Sanderson High School is a highly rated, public school located in Raleigh, NC. It has 1,960 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 43% of students are at least proficient in math and 53% in reading.
Address
5500 Dixon Drive
Raleigh, NC 27609
Telephone
(919) 881-4800
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Sanderson High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
53%
Percent Proficient - Math
43%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1190
232 responses
Average ACT
26
120 responses
AP Enrollment
19%

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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$61,505
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,010
National
$949
Median Home Value
$225,000
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
83%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.29 responses
Poll
72%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.29 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 93 responses
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  • Prom
    20%
  • Spirit Week
    19%
  • Holly Days
    14%
  • Food Drive
    13%
  • Football games
    13%
  • Hoecoming
    12%
  • Spirit Week
    2%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,960
Free or Reduced Lunch
34%
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.36 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.36 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.36 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$42,726
Teachers in First/Second Year
1.9%
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.40 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.40 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.40 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$9,803/ year
National
$12,239
96%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.47 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.47 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.47 responses
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During my freshman year at Sanderson, I've noticed a lot of things about this school compared to the other schools I've been to. The main thing I love about this school is that there are opportunities for anyone and everyone; there are many sports and activities, and any club that isn't already available, you can create! There are many classes that you can take to ready you in any career field, and there are counselors ready to help with any questions you have about your school and personal life. The teachers I've had have been very helpful with my academics and helping me grow as a student. Sanderson has a 2x4 block schedule, which is daunting for students who are used to shorter classes, but it has been very helpful for me. The only things I would change are basic American high school factors, such as cleanliness, but overall I would highly recommend this school.
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Sanderson is a pretty good high school, it has many different clubs and teams and lots of opportunities to get involved. I think what I love most is the friendships that I have made here. As always in a high school there have been good times and bad, one thing I have been really involved in is the choir program. We have had some difficulty with finding a good teacher since the legendary Mr. Butler! But I have learned so much from my experiences and this past semester as a Junior has definitely taught me a lot. I have stayed up late doing homework, changed my study habits and still had to maintain my relationships with friends and family. Sanderson has created a great environment for me to learn and prepare for college!
The overall setting of the school was very pleasant and easy to learn in. The teachers were always available for extra help whether it was during school lunch or after school. The administrators always kept the school safe and secure for an easy learning environment. On top of all of that, the coaches here at Sanderson always pushed me to be the best student-athlete possible. My football coach told me he would "grow men through football" and after 4 years of Varsity Football experience, I can proudly say that I have grown as a man. I graduated from Sanderson High School with a overall GPA of a 3.98 despite all of my extracurricular activities (e.i. Track & Field and Football). Without that extra push from the teachers and coaches I do not believe the end of my high school career would have been the same here at Sanderson.