Raleigh Charter High School

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Coordinates: 35°47′45.8″N 78°38′48.8″W / 35.796056°N 78.646889°W / 35.796056; -78.646889

Raleigh Charter High School
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Location
1307 Glenwood Avenue

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27615

Information
TypeSecondary Charter
Established1999
LocaleUrban
PrincipalLisa Huddleston (2014 – present)
Grades9–12
Number of students537
Color(s)Lapis lazuli and Silver[1]
MascotPhoenix
Founding PrincipalDr. Thomas Humble (1998–2014)
Website
The "100" and "200" Building inside the historic Pilot Mill.

Raleigh Charter High School is a free, independent public school chartered by the North Carolina State Board of Education. It was founded in 1998 by parents of eighth graders at Magellan Charter School.[2]

From its inception through the 2010–2011 school year, Raleigh Charter occupied the historic Pilot Mill behind Peace College in downtown Raleigh. Over the summer of 2011, the school moved to the former Methodist Building on Glenwood Avenue; this location offers proximity to downtown Raleigh; the move, however, was motivated not by dissatisfaction with Pilot Mill, but by financial issues: the school rented its first space, but owns the current one.

Raleigh Charter High School is ranked 2nd within North Carolina. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement course work and exams; the AP participation rate at Raleigh Charter High School is 95 percent.[3] The student body makeup is 48 percent male and 52 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 37 percent.

As of the 2015–2016 school year, the school's 4-year graduation rate was 95%.[4]

Standardized testing average scores[edit]

Year SAT Critical Reading SAT Math SAT Writing ACT Composite
2015 626 635 605 27.9
2014 649 651 629 27.5
2013 643 648 623 27.7
2012 624 630 604 27.8

[5][6]

Honors and awards[edit]

On December 5, 2008, U.S. News & World Report ranked Raleigh Charter the 20th best high school in the country. In 2005 Raleigh Charter High School was named the ninth best public high school in the nation by Newsweek magazine based on the number of students taking Advanced Placement tests,[7] it was rated number 53 and 18 in 2006 and 2007, respectively.[8][9] In 2003, 99 percent of tenth grade students at Raleigh Charter High School met or exceeded the requirements of the North Carolina End-of-Course Tests. For five years Raleigh Charter's students have been well ahead the state's high schools in EOC scores. In addition, almost everyone in the senior class of 2004 was accepted into college.[10]

In the College Board's AP Report for 2005, Raleigh Charter High School had the highest percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher on the Environmental Science AP Test for medium-sized schools in the world.[11][12]

The school also posted the highest average SAT score in the Raleigh Durham area: of 1861 with 100% of students taking the test.[13]

Athletics[edit]

Raleigh Charter offers a variety of varsity sports, competing in the 1A division of sports sanctioned by the NCHSAA:

  • Cross Country
  • Varsity Golf
  • Varsity Men's and Women's Basketball
  • Varsity Men's and Women's Soccer
  • Junior Varsity Men's Soccer
  • Men's and Women's Swimming
  • Men's and Women's Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Rowing and Ultimate, among others, are offered as club sports.

State-level athletic awards[edit]

  • Cross-Country
    • 2015 State Men's Cross-Country Champion
    • 2015 State Women's Cross-Country Champion
  • Tennis
    • 2015 State Men's Tennis Champion[14]
    • 2016 State Men's Tennis Champion[14]
    • 2009 State Women's Tennis Championship Runner-Up[15]
    • 2013 State Women's Tennis Champion[16]
    • 2015 State Women's Tennis Championship Runner-Up[16]
  • Soccer
    • 2007 State Women's Soccer Champion[17]
    • 2009 State Women's Soccer Championship Runner-Up[17]
    • 2013 State Women's Soccer Championship Runner-Up[17]
    • 2015 State Women's Soccer Champion[17]
  • Swimming
    • 2010 State Women's Swimming Champion[18]
    • 2011 State Women's Swimming Champion[18]
    • 2012 State Women's Swimming Champion[18]
    • 2013 State Women's Swimming Champion[18]
    • 2014 State Women's Swimming Champion[18]
    • 2015 State Women's Swimming Champion[18]
    • 2016 State Women's Swimming Championship Runner-Up />
    • 2018 State Men's and Women's Swimming Champion[19]
  • Volleyball
    • 2012 State Championship Runner-Up[20]
    • 2013 State Championship Runner-Up

Academic competitions[edit]

Science Olympiad[edit]

The Raleigh Charter Science Olympiad team first appeared at the national tournament in 2004, after winning the North Carolina state championship, they appeared at the national tournament in ten of the following fourteen years, winning the state championship four times and being the state runner-up six times in that period. At the national tournament Raleigh Charter has achieved moderate success, placing as high as 12th, 11th and 15th in 2008, 2009 and 2010, respectively.[21]

Year 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
States Place 1 2 3 1 2 2 1 2 3 1 2 3 2 5 2
Nationals Place 30 26 26 12 11 15 20 21 30 38 38

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Raleigh Charter". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  2. ^ "Raleigh Charter High School". Raleighcharterhs.org. Retrieved 2017-07-15.
  3. ^ "US News".
  4. ^ "North Carolina School Report Card". Ncreportcards.ondemand.sas.com. Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  5. ^ "Accountability Services". Dpi.state.nc.us. Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  6. ^ "The ACT and ACT WorkKeys Results". Dpi.state.nc.us. Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-08-31. Retrieved 2006-08-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "NEWSWEEK COVER: America's Best High Schools, 2006". Prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2017-07-15.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-05-23. Retrieved 2007-05-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "News | U.S. Department of Education". Ed.gov. Retrieved 2017-07-15.
  11. ^ "23080_Text.indd" (PDF). Collegeboard.com. Retrieved 2017-07-15.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-03. Retrieved 2017-09-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ deBruyn, Jason. "High schools with highest SAT scores in Raleigh-Durham area". Triangle Business Journal. Retrieved 2017-07-15.
  14. ^ a b "Raleigh Charter repeats as boys tennis champions". Highschoolot.com. 2016-05-21. Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  15. ^ "1-A High School Tennis Championship Results". Witn.com. Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  16. ^ a b "Raleigh Charter falls in NCHSAA 1A girls tennis title to Bishop McGuinness". Newsobserver.com. Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  17. ^ a b c d "UPDATED 5/15rms WOMEN'S SOCCER NCHSAA WOMEN'S SOCCER STATE CHAMPIONS" (PDF). Nchsaa.org. North Carolina High School Athletic Association. Retrieved 2017-01-16.
  18. ^ a b c d e f "Raleigh Charter girls win NCHSAA 1A/2A swimming championship; Carrboro boys win co-title". Newsobserver.com. Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  19. ^ "Raleigh Charter sweeps men's and women's team titles by narrow margins". www.nchsaa.org. Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  20. ^ "1-A Volleyball: Raleigh Charter vs. Hendersonville (Nov. 3, 2012)". Highschoolot.com. 2012-11-04. Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  21. ^ "North Carolina – Science Olympiad Student Center Wiki". Scioly.org. Retrieved 2017-02-08.

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