Gaston Early College High School

Summary:

Gaston Early College High School is a public high school in Dallas, North Carolina, serving grades 9-13 with a student population of 230. This school stands out as a high-performing institution within the Gaston County Schools district, consistently ranking among the top 10 high schools in the state and delivering exceptional academic outcomes for its diverse student body.

Gaston Early College High School's academic performance is truly remarkable, with proficiency rates in end-of-course tests significantly exceeding the district and state averages. In the 2022-2023 school year, the school achieved 98.1% proficiency in Biology, 100% proficiency in English II and Math I, and 99.9% proficiency in Math III. This outstanding performance has earned the school a statewide ranking of 1 out of 626 high schools, placing it in the top 0.2% in North Carolina. The school's success extends across diverse student groups, including female, male, African American, Hispanic, White, low socioeconomic status, and gifted and talented students.

Compared to nearby high schools in the Gaston County Schools district, such as Stuart W Cramer High, Forestview High, and Ashbrook High, Gaston Early College High School stands out with its exceptional academic performance and statewide recognition. This success is particularly noteworthy given the school's relatively low per-student spending and higher student-teacher ratio compared to some of its high-performing counterparts, such as Highland School of Technology.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 201 Hwy 321 South
       Dallas, NC  28034


(704) 922-2405

District: Gaston County Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
1st of 626 North Carolina High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $7,351 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  23.0 Help
Number of students:  230

Racial breakdown:

White:
57.8%
Hispanic:
20.9%
African American:
13.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  40.9% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Gaston Early College High School ranks better than 99.8% of high schools in North Carolina. It also ranks first among 10 ranked high schools in the Gaston County Schools District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 96.78. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Gaston Early College High School is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (57.8%), Hispanic (20.9%), African American (13.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 40.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Gaston Early College High School is 23. 9 high schools in the Gaston County Schools District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Gaston Early College High School is $7,351, which is the lowest among 12 high schools in the Gaston County Schools District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Gaston Early College High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Gaston Early College High School 1st of 626 North Carolina public high schools. (See Gaston Early College High School in the ranking list.)

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Gaston County Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Gaston County Schools 136th of 243 North Carolina school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Gaston Early College High School

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Rank History for all students at Gaston Early College High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 97.64 10th 594 98.3%
2022 97.10 5th 621 99.2%
2023 96.78 1st 626 99.8%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Gaston Early College High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 99.11 8th 544 98.5%
2023 98.47 5th 597 99.2%
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Rank History for Female students at Gaston Early College High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 95.57 12th 594 98.0%
2023 96.54 3rd 588 99.5%
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Rank History for Gifted and Talented students at Gaston Early College High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 67.84 128th 398 67.8%
2023 81.26 27th 403 93.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Gaston Early College High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 97.67 3rd 585 99.5%
2023 96.56 12th 602 98.0%
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Rank History for African American students at Gaston Early College High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 99.44 6th 430 98.6%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Gaston Early College High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 98.42 12th 436 97.2%
2023 98.66 6th 449 98.7%
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Rank History for White students at Gaston Early College High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 93.67 27th 534 94.9%
2023 95.61 2nd 537 99.6%
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Data source: test scores: North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction

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Enrollment information for Gaston Early College High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2011 83 15 0 6 1 0 0 0 105
2012 97 18 0 11 1 0 2 0 129
2013 70 19 0 11 1 0 5 0 106
2014 91 16 2 16 0 0 10 0 135
2015 114 17 4 23 0 0 12 0 170
2016 138 18 6 24 0 0 12 0 198
2017 159 19 6 29 0 0 13 0 226
2018 174 14 7 35 0 0 9 0 239
2019 166 17 7 42 0 0 5 0 237
2020 169 20 7 40 0 0 9 0 245
2021 151 28 6 45 0 0 5 0 235
2022 149 26 5 48 0 0 10 0 238
2023 133 32 7 48 0 0 10 0 230

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

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For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Gaston Early College High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2011 105 n/a n/a 55.2
2012 129 6.0 21.2 55.8
2013 106 8.3 12.6 59.4
2014 135 8.3 16.1 57
2015 170 8.0 21.2 42.9
2016 198 9.0 22.0 41.9
2017 226 10.0 22.6 41.6
2018 239 10.0 23.9 39.3
2019 237 9.9 23.7 36.3
2020 245 9.7 25.1 33.1
2021 235 10.0 23.5 31.5
2022 238 10.0 23.8 23.9
2023 230 10.0 23.0 40.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Gaston Early College High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2011 105 n/a n/a 55.2
2012 129 6.0 21.2 55.8
2013 106 8.3 12.6 59.4
2014 135 8.3 16.1 57
2015 170 8.0 21.2 42.9
2016 198 9.0 22.0 41.9
2017 226 10.0 22.6 41.6
2018 239 10.0 23.9 39.3
2019 237 9.9 23.7 36.3
2020 245 9.7 25.1 33.1
2021 235 10.0 23.5 31.5
2022 238 10.0 23.8 23.9
2023 230 10.0 23.0 40.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Gaston Early College High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $466 (6.3%) $6,886 (93.7%) $7,351

Data source: North Carolina Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Gaston Early College High School

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Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
End of Course Biology (Gaston Early College High School)94.298.1
 3.9%
   End of Course Biology (Gaston County Schools)59.956.2
 3.7%
   End of Course Biology (North Carolina)59.654.1
 5.5%
End of Course Math I (Gaston Early College High School)100100
   End of Course Math I (Gaston County Schools)49.639
 10.6%
   End of Course Math I (North Carolina)41.235.9
 5.3%
End of Course Math III (Gaston Early College High School)96.299.9
 3.7%
   End of Course Math III (Gaston County Schools)43.558.7
 15.2%
   End of Course Math III (North Carolina)46.858.3
 11.5%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students237230
 3%
African American1732
 88.2%
American Indian00
Asian77
Hispanic4248
 14.3%
Pacific Islander00
White166133
 19.9%
Two or More Races510
 100%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients36.3%40.9%
 4.6%


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Yes! Gaston Early College High School is one of the best high schools in the state. It ranks 1st of 626 North Carolina high schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 230 students attended Gaston Early College High School.

Students at Gaston Early College High School are 58% White, 21% Hispanic, 14% African American, 4% Two or more races, 3% Asian.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction.

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