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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Terry Sanford High School is an above average, public school located in Fayetteville, NC. It has 1,181 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 44% of students are at least proficient in math and 48% in reading.

Terry Sanford High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
48%
Percent Proficient - Math
44%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
1140
201 responses
Average ACT
25
135 responses
AP Enrollment
27%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$44,057
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$928
National
$949
Median Home Value
$129,700
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
74%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.31 responses
Poll
71%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.31 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 74 responses
  • Football and basketball games
    20%
  • Graduation
    20%
  • Global Studies trips
    11%
  • HOSA
    7%
  • Airforce JROTC
    5%
  • Baseball Games
    5%
  • Homecoming
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,181
Free or Reduced Lunch
57%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.33 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.33 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.33 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$42,750
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.3%
46%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.41 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.41 responses
44%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.41 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$8,893/ year
National
$12,239
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.45 responses
36%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.45 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.45 responses
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My experience at Terry Sanford High School was quite nice. I arrived in the middle of my freshman year and was very focused on STEM. Though we are a rather diverse school, there still is an inevitable form of auto-segregation among students due to contrasting economic stances and racial/ethnic backgrounds. The school does not have much funding for the arts which is aggravating, but if you are interested in STEM then this is definitely the place for you.

I believe that a lot of the college readiness part of Terry Sanford depends on whether or not you are in certain things. If you are apart of scholarly organizations, you'll get that extra help so I highly suggest working hard to get into those programs. The classes are not hard, yet I highly recommend taking any courses taught by Mrs. Vajner- those were challenging!

Overall, it's a great school. I just wish some priorities were straightened to diversify the programs offered. I had a good experience BECAUSE I worked hard for one.
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Terry Sanford High School is perhaps the most well respected and well known school in the community I have grown up in due to its history. When I first began at Terry Sanford we had a lot of school pride, making the days a little more enjoyable. Perhaps the biggest flaw at Terry Sanford is the lack of teachers who care about education. Most of my time here, I had to fight for my teachers to appreciate my work or to allow my voice to be heard. My time here has been full of different administration, coaches, and staff every year. Because of this, school pride fluctuated every year making my experience here average. I am appreciative; however, of the change and adaptability I have learned from being apart of this student body.
I love Terry Sanford. It’s my high school and almost a second home. I have met some of the best people here and my closest friends. But of course, not every place is perfect. There is not an even amount of support in all extracurriculars, as one would expect in high school. And there is a problem with cracking down on students who indulge in in appropriate and illegal behavior while on schools grounds. I am highly grateful for the Global Studies program for keeping me shielded from being exposed to the brunt of that, but I also feel being in Global excludes you from the population of the rest of the school. Additionally, the School of Global Studies is funded mainly in part by students who do not deserve to be there but have enough money to pay their way in. It’s the negative plus positives that leave me to review this school with 4 stars.