Union Academy

Summary:

Union Academy is a public high school located in Franklin, North Carolina, serving grades 7-12 with a total enrollment of 103 students. The school is part of the Macon County Schools district, which is ranked 111 out of 243 districts in the state and has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Despite being part of the Macon County school system, Union Academy has consistently ranked in the bottom 20% of North Carolina high schools over the past decade, with a 0 out of 5 star rating from SchoolDigger. The school faces significant socioeconomic challenges, with 97.09% of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch, which is much higher than the district and state averages. Union Academy's students also consistently score well below the district and state averages on standardized tests, including in mathematics, reading, and biology. These academic struggles are widespread, affecting student subgroups like female students, male students, white students, and students with disabilities.

In contrast to Union Academy, nearby schools like Jackson County Early College and Macon Early College High School have consistently ranked in the top 20% of North Carolina high schools, with 4 or 5 out of 5 star ratings from SchoolDigger. These higher-performing schools have significantly better academic outcomes and lower rates of free/reduced-price lunch, suggesting that targeted interventions and best practices from successful schools could potentially be leveraged to improve outcomes at Union Academy.


Detail:

Public 7-12

 158 Union School Rd
       Franklin, NC  28734


(828) 369-1277

District: Macon County Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
606th of 626 North Carolina High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,469 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  11.5 Help
Number of students:  103

Racial breakdown:

White:
76.7%
Hispanic:
17.5%
African American:
2.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  97.1% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Union Academy ranks worse than 96.3% of middle schools in North Carolina. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 4.82. (See more...)
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Compare Details Union Academy ranks worse than 96.8% of high schools in North Carolina. It also ranks last among 3 ranked high schools in the Macon County Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 4.36. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Union Academy has the smallest high school student body size in the Macon County Schools District. Racial makeup is: White (76.7%), Hispanic (17.5%), African American (2.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 97.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Macon County Schools District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Union Academy is 11.5, which is the lowest among 3 high schools in the Macon County Schools District! (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Union Academy is $11,469, which is the highest among 3 high schools in the Macon County Schools District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Union Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks Union Academy 755th of 784 North Carolina public middle schools. (See Union Academy in the ranking list.)

Middle School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


Male students:

SchoolDigger ranks Union Academy 606th of 626 North Carolina public high schools. (See Union Academy in the ranking list.)

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Macon County Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Macon County Schools 111th of 243 North Carolina school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Union Academy

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Rank History for all middle school students at Union Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2011 20.58 562nd 648 13.3%
2012 8.81 617th 662 6.8%
2013 7.38 639th 673 5.1%
2015 13.38 618th 705 12.3%
2016 14.57 601st 692 13.2%
2017 6.58 660th 694 4.9%
2023 4.82 755th 784 3.7%
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Rank History for middle school Male students at Union Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 3.49 731st 747 2.1%
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Data source: test scores: North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Union Academy

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Rank History for all high school students at Union Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2011 6.29 465th 506 8.1%
2012 14.52 440th 502 12.4%
2013 5.32 490th 505 3.0%
2015 3.23 496th 531 6.6%
2016 1.36 492nd 507 3.0%
2017 1.74 465th 476 2.3%
2018 1.94 459th 469 2.1%
2019 4.63 481st 514 6.4%
2021 11.05 553rd 594 6.9%
2022 6.21 600th 621 3.4%
2023 4.36 606th 626 3.2%
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Rank History for high school Low Socio Economic Status students at Union Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 2.21 423rd 424 0.2%
2019 7.08 431st 446 3.4%
2021 18.60 376th 432 13.0%
2022 15.85 504th 544 7.4%
2023 11.20 570th 597 4.5%
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Rank History for high school Female students at Union Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 0.97 444th 449 1.1%
2019 1.30 472nd 475 0.6%
2022 6.34 576th 594 3.0%
2023 2.83 583rd 588 0.9%
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Rank History for high school Disabled students at Union Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 18.01 332nd 349 4.9%
2019 17.03 344th 364 5.5%
2021 20.08 309th 334 7.5%
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Rank History for high school Male students at Union Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 3.14 454th 463 1.9%
2019 6.04 466th 488 4.5%
2021 10.08 459th 481 4.6%
2022 7.38 567th 585 3.1%
2023 7.23 577th 602 4.2%
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Rank History for high school White students at Union Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 0.15 424th 427 0.7%
2019 0.93 435th 444 2.0%
2021 2.04 435th 439 0.9%
2022 2.25 527th 534 1.3%
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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 Union Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2010 57 2 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 61
2011 48 0 0 3 0 0 5 0 56
2012 55 0 0 3 1 0 5 0 64
2013 49 0 0 4 1 0 1 0 55
2015 91 0 0 15 1 1 6 0 114
2016 105 3 0 12 0 0 2 0 122
2017 103 3 0 16 1 0 3 0 126
2018 96 1 0 7 0 0 1 0 105
2019 84 1 0 11 0 0 3 0 99
2020 62 0 0 14 0 0 6 0 82
2021 54 0 0 12 0 0 4 0 70
2022 97 2 0 18 0 0 6 0 123
2023 79 3 0 18 1 0 2 0 103

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

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

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 Union Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2010 61 9.3 6.5 95.1
2011 56 9.7 5.7 83.9
2012 64 9.7 6.5 87.5
2013 55 9.7 5.6 94.5
2015 114 10.0 11.4 87.7
2016 122 11.0 11.0 99.2
2017 126 9.0 14.0 97.6
2018 105 8.6 12.1 97.1
2019 99 8.5 11.5 97
2020 82 8.0 10.2 96.3
2021 70 8.0 8.7 95.7
2022 123 8.3 14.6 93.5
2023 103 8.9 11.5 97.1

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 Union Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2010 61 9.3 6.5 95.1
2011 56 9.7 5.7 83.9
2012 64 9.7 6.5 87.5
2013 55 9.7 5.6 94.5
2015 114 10.0 11.4 87.7
2016 122 11.0 11.0 99.2
2017 126 9.0 14.0 97.6
2018 105 8.6 12.1 97.1
2019 99 8.5 11.5 97
2020 82 8.0 10.2 96.3
2021 70 8.0 8.7 95.7
2022 123 8.3 14.6 93.5
2023 103 8.9 11.5 97.1

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 Union Academy

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $453 (3.9%) $11,015 (96.0%) $11,469

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Union Academy

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 481st of 514 High schoolsRanks 606th of 626 High schools
 3.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
End of Course Biology (Union Academy)13.55.7
 7.8%
   End of Course Biology (Macon County Schools)52.954.2
 1.3%
   End of Course Biology (North Carolina)59.654.1
 5.5%
End of Course English II (Union Academy)21.226.3
 5.1%
   End of Course English II (Macon County Schools)60.755.1
 5.6%
   End of Course English II (North Carolina)59.758.5
 1.2%
End of Course Math I (Union Academy)127.3
 4.7%
   End of Course Math I (Macon County Schools)6344.5
 18.5%
   End of Course Math I (North Carolina)41.232.9
 8.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students99103
 4%
African American13
 200%
American Indian01
Asian00
Hispanic1118
 63.6%
Pacific Islander00
White8479
 6%
Two or More Races32
 33.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients97%97.1%
 0.1%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Union Academy

In the 2022-23 school year, 103 students attended Union Academy.

Union Academy ranks in the bottom 3.2% of North Carolina high schools.

Students at Union Academy are 77% White, 17% Hispanic, 3% African American, 2% Two or more races.


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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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