Highland was recognized at a luncheon with North Carolina's State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson for 100% graduation rate for the class of 2016.
For the second consecutive year, the Highland School of Technology surpassed the state and national averages in all three SAT tested subject areas (math, verbal and writing). Highland's SAT scores increased by 36 points over last years scores. Highland’s overall score of 1586 is some 100 points higher than the state and national averages.
Highland FBLA students who attended and competed at the National Conference this past summer received certificates from the Board of Education at Monday's Board Meeting. The Chapter received a certificate for receiving the Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit at Nationals.
Highland School of Technology had the highest proficiency among the high schools (grades 9-12) in Gaston County. Highland with 98.8 percent is among the top scores in the state for student proficiency. Highland received an A+ performance grade and had a significant increase in proficiency with +5.3 points. The School Performance Grades are intended to make it easier for the public to understand how a school is performing. However, only select criteria are used to determine the grade. Factors such as school size, diverse student population, socioeconomics, teacher experience, student learning obstacles, special programs, and parental and community involvement have an effect on a school’s performance, but are not considered in the grade.
The high school graduation rate for Gaston County Schools has increased again, according to information released Thursday by the North Carolina State Board of Education. The graduation rate for the Class of 2017 is 88.3 percent, which is the best rate ever for the school district. The Gaston rate of 88.3 percent is higher than the state graduation rate of 86.5 percent. The district’s graduation rate has increased each year for the past eight years.
Overall student proficiency on end-of-grade and end-of-course state tests increased again for Gaston County Schools, according to information released Thursday by the North Carolina State Board of Education. Additionally, the district saw an increase in academic growth with 22 schools exceeding growth expectations for the 2016-2017 school year.
School bells rang Monday morning as students across Gaston County returned from summer vacation and headed back to class. Approximately 32,000 children arrived at school bright and early to begin the 2017-2018 academic year. It was a great first day as students settled into their classrooms, met their teachers, made new friends, and became focused on learning.
It’s back-to-school time in Gaston County! When the morning bell rings on Monday, August 28, approximately 32,000 students (pre-kindergarten through high school) will walk through the schoolhouse doors to start the 2017-2018 academic year. Here is some information for parents and the community as students in Gaston County Schools head back to class.
The Gaston County Schools capital needs ad hoc committee will conduct a meeting on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. at Flint Groves Baptist Church, Family Life Center, 2023 Flint Lane, Gastonia. The public is invited.
Once again, Gaston County Schools ranks as the safest large school district in North Carolina. Gaston’s school crime and violence rate of 3.740 is the lowest among the state’s ten largest school districts (based on student enrollment). Additionally, our rate is lower than the state rate for the seventh consecutive year, which shows that our on-going, concentrated focus on comprehensive school safety is paying off. Click here to read more.