Harding University High School

Summary:

Harding University High School is a public high school in Charlotte, North Carolina, serving 1,305 students in grades 9-12. The school is part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools district, which is ranked 129 out of 243 districts in the state and has a 2-star rating.

Harding University High School faces significant academic challenges, with consistently low performance on standardized tests, particularly for its majority African American (60.31%) and Hispanic (32.26%) student population. The school's proficiency rates on End-of-Course (EOC) exams are well below the district and state averages, with only 22.5% in Biology, 35.1% in English II, 14.4% in Math I, and 33.2% in Math III. This performance is especially low for African American, Hispanic, and English Language Learner students, who rank in the bottom 25% of North Carolina high schools in these categories. As a result, Harding University High School has consistently ranked in the bottom 25% of North Carolina high schools, with a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

The academic struggles at Harding University High School are not unique within the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools district, as nearby schools such as Performance Learning Center, Military and Global Leadership, and Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences also face similar or lower proficiency rates on EOC exams. This suggests that the challenges faced by Harding University High School may be reflective of broader systemic issues within the district, which will need to be addressed to improve educational outcomes for the students in the surrounding community.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 2001 Alleghany St
       Charlotte, NC  28208-3734


(980) 343-6007

District: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
562nd of 626 North Carolina High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,138 Help


Feeder schools for Harding University High School:

Elementary:    Charles H. Parker Academic Center
    Nations Ford Elementary
    Pinewood Elementary
    Reid Park Academy
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Middle:    Wilson STEM Academy

Student/teacher ratio:  14.8 Help
Number of students:  1,305

Racial breakdown:

African American:
60.3%
Hispanic:
32.3%
Asian:
3.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  98% Help


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Compare Details Harding University High School ranks worse than 89.8% of high schools in North Carolina. It also ranks 25th among 28 ranked high schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 11.81. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (60.3%), Hispanic (32.3%), Asian (3.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 98% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Harding University High School is 14.8, which is the 4th best among 28 high schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Harding University High School is $10,138, which is the 11th highest among 28 high schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Harding University High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Harding University High School 562nd of 626 North Carolina public high schools. (See Harding University High School in the ranking list.)

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools 129th of 243 North Carolina school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Harding University High School

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Rank History for all students at Harding University High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 27.41 355th 431 17.6%
2007 51.99 209th 453 53.9%
2008 52.51 227th 477 52.4%
2009 44.59 298th 490 39.2%
2010 66.71 109th 499 78.2%
2011 80.31 25th 506 95.1%
2012 21.92 414th 502 17.5%
2013 19.81 389th 505 23.0%
2014 14.71 382nd 451 15.3%
2015 11.63 446th 531 16.0%
2016 16.86 403rd 507 20.5%
2017 9.91 422nd 476 11.3%
2018 11.63 417th 469 11.1%
2019 12.42 453rd 514 11.9%
2021 10.08 560th 594 5.7%
2022 9.81 578th 621 6.9%
2023 11.81 562nd 626 10.2%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Harding University High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 20.71 128th 147 12.9%
2019 37.20 103rd 173 40.5%
2022 20.11 152nd 156 2.6%
2023 26.18 181st 226 19.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Harding University High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 24.10 341st 424 19.6%
2019 20.26 368th 446 17.5%
2021 19.98 364th 432 15.7%
2022 18.12 484th 544 11.0%
2023 18.01 522nd 597 12.6%
See the entire list of Best North Carolina High Schools for Low Socio Economic Status Students!

Rank History for Homeless students at Harding University High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 57.04 6th 17 64.7%
2019 39.63 28th 44 36.4%
2021 78.45 1st 9 88.9%
2022 27.96 30th 34 11.8%
2023 27.14 36th 45 20.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Harding University High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 9.84 419th 449 6.7%
2019 10.28 444th 475 6.5%
2021 9.25 449th 475 5.5%
2022 7.83 568th 594 4.4%
2023 9.29 554th 588 5.8%
See the entire list of Best North Carolina High Schools for Female Students!

Rank History for Disabled students at Harding University High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 27.72 257th 349 26.4%
2019 25.36 292nd 364 19.8%
2021 20.48 306th 334 8.4%
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Rank History for Gifted and Talented students at Harding University High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 81.26 28th 403 93.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Harding University High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 10.76 422nd 463 8.9%
2019 12.65 440th 488 9.8%
2021 9.36 463rd 481 3.7%
2022 10.84 546th 585 6.7%
2023 13.57 541st 602 10.1%
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Rank History for Asian students at Harding University High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 14.33 68th 77 11.7%
2019 35.41 65th 89 27.0%
2021 5.03 80th 83 3.6%
2022 15.11 83rd 91 8.8%
2023 12.31 89th 98 9.2%
See the entire list of Best North Carolina High Schools for Asian Students!

Rank History for African American students at Harding University High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.03 254th 359 29.2%
2019 25.22 293rd 369 20.6%
2021 24.87 281st 364 22.8%
2022 20.00 380th 430 11.6%
2023 23.41 351st 434 19.1%
See the entire list of Best North Carolina High Schools for African American Students!

Rank History for Hispanic students at Harding University High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 10.55 330th 340 2.9%
2019 16.14 328th 354 7.3%
2021 14.51 351st 370 5.1%
2022 13.28 416th 436 4.6%
2023 17.86 403rd 449 10.2%
See the entire list of Best North Carolina High Schools for Hispanic Students!

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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by a student
Monday, November 1, 2010

Open Quote This school as a whole is great. There is nothing about this school that I do not like. If Peter Gorman wants to close down a school it should be E.E. Waddell. Harding University is a school that has a graduating rank of 87% and E.E. Waddell has a graduating rank of a sadly 52%. Now that is a school that needs to be closed down. And if I worked with someone who's dead husbands name was on the school I wouldn't close it down either. But Harding University High School is a school with A LOT of history. And can Peter Gorman tell me why he is not closing any other magnet school. Is it because this school is a mostly African American school.

I WANT AN ANSWER PETER GORMAN.... WE ALL WANT AN ANSWER!!!!

-D.J. Williams Close Quote



Enrollment information for Harding University High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 621 826 4 7 13 n/a n/a 7 1478
1989 513 856 3 4 21 n/a n/a 0 1397
1990 389 677 3 5 20 n/a n/a 0 1094
1991 348 642 10 9 14 n/a n/a 0 1023
1992 332 576 6 10 19 n/a n/a -4 939
1993 367 471 24 16 14 n/a n/a 0 892
1994 438 496 25 16 9 n/a n/a 0 984
1995 597 559 56 21 8 n/a n/a 0 1241
1996 597 559 56 21 8 n/a n/a 0 1241
1997 621 553 56 22 10 n/a n/a 0 1262
1998 616 564 65 20 7 n/a n/a 0 1272
1999 609 637 80 26 6 n/a n/a 0 1358
2000 587 668 92 27 5 n/a n/a 0 1379
2001 508 724 97 32 3 n/a n/a 0 1364
2002 369 874 94 29 4 n/a n/a 0 1370
2003 369 874 94 29 4 n/a n/a 0 1370
2004 267 1006 93 39 4 n/a n/a 0 1409
2005 186 1173 89 40 4 n/a n/a 0 1492
2006 123 1245 76 36 4 n/a n/a 0 1484
2007 86 1156 66 35 9 n/a n/a 8 1360
2008 51 1020 59 30 7 n/a n/a 8 1175
2009 30 1056 46 31 7 n/a n/a 0 1170
2010 24 947 40 27 5 n/a n/a 0 1043
2011 29 767 36 32 5 0 25 0 894
2012 65 1286 45 335 9 0 29 0 1769
2013 52 1125 48 360 8 0 22 0 1615
2014 53 1114 52 421 8 3 20 0 1671
2015 51 1087 51 519 12 0 27 0 1747
2016 45 950 57 529 11 0 24 0 1616
2017 39 949 52 578 8 0 31 0 1657
2018 36 909 49 613 6 1 21 0 1635
2019 30 963 58 517 7 1 18 0 1594
2020 24 905 50 558 3 3 17 0 1560
2021 22 884 52 522 2 1 8 0 1491
2022 27 887 46 631 2 1 25 0 1619
2023 24 787 51 421 2 1 19 0 1305

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 Harding University High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1478 82.0 18.0 18.2
1989 1397 82.0 17.0 30.9
1990 1094 77.0 14.2 38
1991 1023 77.0 13.2 40.7
1992 939 77.0 12.1 20.9
1993 892 63.0 14.2 20.4
1994 984 67.0 14.7 15.4
1995 1241 72.0 17.2 15.5
1996 1241 72.0 17.2 15.5
1997 1262 75.0 16.8 17.1
1998 1272 83.0 15.3 17.2
1999 1358 83.0 16.4 21.3
2000 1379 83.0 16.6 21.7
2001 1364 83.0 16.4 19.8
2002 1370 83.0 16.5 27.6
2003 1370 83.0 16.5 27.6
2004 1409 83.0 17.0 38
2005 1492 83.0 18.0 44.2
2006 1484 83.0 17.9 48.8
2007 1360 90.1 15.1 45
2008 1175 82.5 14.2 47.1
2009 1170 80.4 14.6 52.6
2010 1043 76.4 13.6 59.4
2011 894 59.6 14.9 63.2
2012 1769 113.3 15.6 78.7
2013 1615 100.4 16.0 81.3
2014 1671 99.0 16.8 80.3
2015 1747 97.0 18.0 99.5
2016 1616 98.0 16.4 99.8
2017 1657 110.4 15.0 99.2
2018 1635 107.8 15.1 99.8
2019 1594 99.4 16.0 99.8
2020 1560 94.9 16.4 99.8
2021 1491 99.0 15.0 99.8
2022 1619 91.3 17.7 99.8
2023 1305 87.6 14.8 98

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 Harding University High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1478 82.0 18.0 18.2
1989 1397 82.0 17.0 30.9
1990 1094 77.0 14.2 38
1991 1023 77.0 13.2 40.7
1992 939 77.0 12.1 20.9
1993 892 63.0 14.2 20.4
1994 984 67.0 14.7 15.4
1995 1241 72.0 17.2 15.5
1996 1241 72.0 17.2 15.5
1997 1262 75.0 16.8 17.1
1998 1272 83.0 15.3 17.2
1999 1358 83.0 16.4 21.3
2000 1379 83.0 16.6 21.7
2001 1364 83.0 16.4 19.8
2002 1370 83.0 16.5 27.6
2003 1370 83.0 16.5 27.6
2004 1409 83.0 17.0 38
2005 1492 83.0 18.0 44.2
2006 1484 83.0 17.9 48.8
2007 1360 90.1 15.1 45
2008 1175 82.5 14.2 47.1
2009 1170 80.4 14.6 52.6
2010 1043 76.4 13.6 59.4
2011 894 59.6 14.9 63.2
2012 1769 113.3 15.6 78.7
2013 1615 100.4 16.0 81.3
2014 1671 99.0 16.8 80.3
2015 1747 97.0 18.0 99.5
2016 1616 98.0 16.4 99.8
2017 1657 110.4 15.0 99.2
2018 1635 107.8 15.1 99.8
2019 1594 99.4 16.0 99.8
2020 1560 94.9 16.4 99.8
2021 1491 99.0 15.0 99.8
2022 1619 91.3 17.7 99.8
2023 1305 87.6 14.8 98

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 Harding University High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $983 (9.7%) $9,155 (90.3%) $10,138

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Harding University High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 453rd of 514 High schoolsRanks 562nd of 626 High schools
 1.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
End of Course Biology (Harding University High School)34.122.5
 11.6%
   End of Course Biology (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)60.350.6
 9.7%
   End of Course Biology (North Carolina)59.654.1
 5.5%
End of Course English II (Harding University High School)32.535.1
 2.6%
   End of Course English II (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)6160
 1%
   End of Course English II (North Carolina)59.758.5
 1.2%
End of Course Math I (Harding University High School)17.514.4
 3.1%
   End of Course Math I (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)42.229.2
 13%
   End of Course Math I (North Carolina)41.235.9
 5.3%
End of Course Math III (Harding University High School)18.933.2
 14.3%
   End of Course Math III (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)50.259.2
 9%
   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 Students15941305
 18.1%
African American963787
 18.3%
American Indian72
 71.4%
Asian5851
 12.1%
Hispanic517421
 18.6%
Pacific Islander11
White3024
 20%
Two or More Races1819
 5.6%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients99.8%98%
 1.8%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Harding University High School

Harding University High School ranks in the bottom 10.2% of North Carolina high schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,305 students attended Harding University High School.

Harding University High School is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Charles H. Parker Academic Center
Elementary : Nations Ford Elementary
Elementary : Pinewood Elementary
Elementary : Reid Park Academy
Elementary : Westerly Hills Academy
Middle : Wilson STEM Academy

Students at Harding University High School are 60% African American, 32% Hispanic, 4% Asian, 2% White, 1% 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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