Explanation of Types of Public Schools in North Carolina

Note: All of the school types below are public schools, in that they are funded primarily through public tax dollars.

  • Regular School: a public school that students are assigned to attend because they live in the school's attendance area or attendance zone. Such schools are sometimes called “zoned schools,” “neighborhood schools” or “ZIP code schools,” and are normally only open for enrollment to students from a predetermined set of neighborhoods or ZIP codes. Regular schools are by far the most common type of school in the Charlotte area.
  • Charter School: a tuition-free, public school created on the basis of a license or “charter” made with the State Board of Education. Charter schools typically have greater freedom than traditional public schools in personnel policies, curriculum and teaching philosophy. In return, they must make a commitment to meet state standards of accountability. Charter schools are also normally open to students from counties and towns outside of where they are located. Enrollment decisions at charter schools are often lottery-based, with special consideration given to siblings of currently enrolled students.

Student Growth Index Explained

The Student Growth Index of a school is meant to measure how well the school has been growing student learning over time (i.e., years). North Carolina's public schools receive web-based reporting through the Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS). EVAAS is meant to offer an objective way to measure student progress and the value schools add to students' educational attainment. EVAAS is a statistical analysis of North Carolina state assessment data, and the system provides NC schools with growth data to consider, in addition to achievement data.

If a school has a Student Growth Index of between -2.0 and 2.0, the school is deemed to have "met growth", (i.e., met its average projected growth target). A school with a Student Growth Index of less than -2.0 is considered to have "not met growth". Finally, a school with an index of greater than 2.0 is deemed to have "exceeded growth".

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Southern School of Energy and Sustainability

Durham, NC


Southern School of Energy and Sustainability
800 Clayton Road
Durham, NC  27703
Phone: 919-560-3968
Durham County



CarolinaSchoolHub Rating: 1 out of 10 stars
1

Grades Served: 9-12
Enrollment: 1,349
Type: Regular School    
Southern School of Energy and Sustainability

Southern School of Energy and Sustainability


Metro Area Ranking

#27
Metro Area High School Ranking: Southern School of Energy and Sustainability is ranked #27 out of 27 of the best high schools in Durham and surrounding areas (1st percentile). Cick the link to see all 27 high schools.


State Ranking

#511
Statewide High School Ranking: Southern School of Energy and Sustainability is ranked #511 out of 516 of the best high schools in North Carolina (1st percentile). Click the link to see all 516 high schools.


Overall, Southern School of Energy and Sustainability is a 1-star school (on a scale of 1 to 10 stars) based on CarolinaSchoolHub’s analysis. The school is located in Durham County, NC. Southern School of Energy and Sustainability has an enrollment of approximately 1,349 students and serves grades 9-12. Below you’ll find information about this school’s test scores and more.

53.2
(Did Not Meet Growth)
Student Growth Score: Southern School of Energy and Sustainability had a Student Growth Score of 53.2. This placed Southern School of Energy and Sustainability in the 3rd percentile of 2423 North Carolina public schools with student growth data available. NCDPI’s growth score measures how well schools grow student achievement over time. Scores range from 50.0 to 100.0 - with 100.0 indicating the highest growth in student achievement and 50.0 indicating the lowest.    

 North Carolina Letter Grades
  North Carolina Overall Letter Grade

Please note: The state of North Carolina assigns letter grades to public schools, on an A through F scale.


North Carolina Standardized Tests

Average ACT Scores

Subject Average Score at
This School
Average Score
This School's State
Percentile Rating
State Percentile
State Average of
All NC Schools
State Average
English 11.5 2nd 17.2
Math 15.2 5th 18.8
Reading 13.6 2nd 19.1
Science 14.9 7th 18.9
Writing 11 15th 14.6

Nearly all North Carolina public and charter school students who are enrolled in grade 11 for the first time are required to take the ACT. In the chart above, you can get a sense for how the average ACT scores at Southern School of Energy and Sustainabi stack up against those of other high schools in North Carolina.


End of Course Scores

EOC Biology

 < 5% - Level 5 (Superior)
 < 5% - Level 5 (Superior)
 13% - Level 4 (Solid)
 13% - Level 4 (Solid)
 7% - Level 3
 7% - Level 3
 19% - Level 2
 19% - Level 2
 58% - Level 1
 58% - Level 1

EOC English 2

 < 5% - Level 5 (Superior)
 < 5% - Level 5 (Superior)
 16% - Level 4 (Solid)
 16% - Level 4 (Solid)
 8% - Level 3
 8% - Level 3
 23% - Level 2
 23% - Level 2
 53% - Level 1
 53% - Level 1

EOC Math I

 < 5% - Level 5 (Superior)
 < 5% - Level 5 (Superior)
 7% - Level 4 (Solid)
 7% - Level 4 (Solid)
 8% - Level 3
 8% - Level 3
 17% - Level 2
 17% - Level 2
 68% - Level 1
 68% - Level 1

Average SAT Scores
Subject Average Score at This School Average Score
Reading 398
Math 393
Composite Score 791
SAT Participation Rate 49 %

Southern School of Energy and Sustainabi had an average SAT score of 791 (math and reading combined). This means the school’s average SAT scores ranked #248 out of 490 NC high schools (49th percentile). On this site, you can see the SAT scores of North Carolina high schools. The SAT participation rate at Southern School of Energy and Sustainabi was 49% in our most recently available data. Above you can also see how the school’s ACT scores compare to other schools in North Carolina.


Graduation Rate
 87% - Southern School of Energy and Sustainability
 87% - Median of North Carolina high schools
 87% - Southern School of Energy and Sustainability
 87% - Median of North Carolina high schools


 Students

Student Enrollment Trend


Diversity Indicators

 
 American Indian - N/A
 
 American Indian - N/A
 
 Asian - N/A
 
 Asian - N/A
 Black - 61%
 Black - 61%
 Hispanic - 33%
 Hispanic - 33%
 Two or More Races - 2%
 Two or More Races - 2%
 White - 3%
 White - 3%

Please note: The numbers above represent combined percentages of end-of-grade and end-of-course tests taken by students at Southern School of Energy and Sustainability for the 2015-2016 school year, as reported by the NCDPI. Actual percentages of students may vary somewhat from those indicated.

School test scores, student data and teacher data are from North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) information for the 2015-2016 school year. Rankings for Southern School of Energy and Sustainability and other area schools were developed by CarolinaSchoolHub.

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School
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Grades
Served
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Glenn Elementary School 1 2.1 miles Durham, NC Regular K-5
Y E Smith Elementary School 1 2.6 miles Durham, NC Regular PK-5
Durham's Performance Learning Center 1 2.9 miles Durham, NC Regular 9-12
Neal Middle School 1 3.0 miles Durham, NC Regular 6-8
Spring Valley Elementary School 3 3.1 miles Durham, NC Regular PK-5
Eastway Elementary School 1 3.2 miles Durham, NC Regular PK-5
Middle College High School at DTCC 9 3.3 miles Durham, NC Regular 11-12
Burton Elementary School 4 3.6 miles Durham, NC Regular PK-5
R N Harris Elementary School 4 3.6 miles Durham, NC Regular PK-5
Lakeview School 1 3.8 miles Durham, NC Regular 6-12
Club Boulevard Elementary School 3 4.0 miles Durham, NC Regular K-5
Bethesda Elementary School 2 4.2 miles Durham, NC Regular PK-5
Durham School of the Arts 10 4.4 miles Durham, NC Regular 6-12
C C Spaulding Elementary School 1 4.5 miles Durham, NC Regular PK-5
George Watts Elementary School 7 4.6 miles Durham, NC Regular PK-5
James E Shepard Middle School 2 4.6 miles Durham, NC Regular 6-8
Brogden Middle, Durham School 2 4.8 miles Durham, NC Regular 6-8
Morehead Montessori Magnet School 9 4.8 miles Durham, NC Regular PK-5