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Old 08-30-2009, 05:08 PM
 
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We are moving to the area from PA and I wanted your opinion. My son wants to stay in a small high school with good academics and a decent football and wrestling program. Which school sytem St. Stephens, Maiden, Bandy's, or Fred T Foard would you recommend? Thanks for any help.
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:18 PM
 
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Or Hickory High School? Unlike most NC counties, Catawba has three school districts. The schools you mentioned are in the county system. Hickory High is in Hickory's system, and Newton-Conover High is in Newton-Conover's system.
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:54 AM
 
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aren't those schools large ?
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Old 09-02-2009, 12:23 PM
 
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It depends. How large is large?

2007-2008 school year, from www.ncreportcards.org
Fred T Foard: 1126 students
St. Stephens: 1304
Bunker Hill: 866
Bandys: 958
Maiden: 813
Hickory: 1211
Newton-Conover: 765
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:47 PM
 
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I would choose Foard, St. Stephens or Bunker Hill . . . depending on where I found a neighborhood I liked.
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Old 09-03-2009, 11:45 AM
 
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State averages on EOCs: Algebra I, 69%; Eng. I, 73% (percent of students at or above proficiency).

Bunker Hill is small, but its test scores are the lowest in the area (63%, 67%).

The highest scoring school (92%, 95%) is Challenger High (Catawba Valley Early College High School). It is also the smallest (under 300). It has wrestling but no football.

The next highest is North Lincoln (85%, 80%). That one didn't occur to me when you first posted, but it might be worth looking into. Its GreatSchools score is 9.

Hickory High: 85%, 73%
Maiden: 73%, 74%
St. St.: 78%, 75%
Bandys: 74%, 82%
Foard: 75%, 77%
Newton-Conover: 68%, 73%
W. Caldwell (don't know size): 81%, 78%
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Old 09-03-2009, 07:38 PM
 
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A couple more things to consider:
Hickory High is in the second year of a strict dress code.
Some high schools still require a senior project, some don't.
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Old 09-03-2009, 09:42 PM
 
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wow , thanks for all the information. I think we will be looking mostly in the St stephan's school. It is a little larger than we were looking for but the academic program seems to be good and the wrestling program seems strong. There are so many houses for sale right now. It is a lot to think about. Thanks for everyones help! This is a great forum.
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