Mcdowell High School

  • Mcdowell High School serves 1,680 students in grades 9-12.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is equal to the NC average of 16:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 16% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 50%.
  • Mcdowell High School operates within the Mcdowell County s School District.
  • Mcdowell County s School District's 73% graduation rate is lower than the NC state average of 76%.

School Overview

  • The student population of 1680 students has grown by 27% over five years.
  • The teacher population of 104 teachers has grown by 8% over five years.
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students1,680 students
Mcdowell High School Total Students (1988-2015)
Gender %Mcdowell High School Gender
Total Classroom Teachers104 teachers
Mcdowell High School Total Teachers (1988-2015)
Students by GradeMcdowell High School Student By Grade

School Comparison

This School(NC) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio16:116:1
Mcdowell High School Student Teacher Ratio (1989-2015)
Asian
1%
3%
Mcdowell High School Asian Students (1988-2015)
Hispanic
10%
16%
Mcdowell High School Black Students (1996-2015)
Black
3%
26%
Mcdowell High School Black Students (1988-2015)
White
84%
50%
Mcdowell High School White Students (1988-2015)
Hawaiian
n/an/a
Mcdowell High School Hawaiian Students (2009-2010)
Two or more races
2%
4%
Mcdowell High School Two Or More Races Students (2011-2015)
All Ethnic GroupsMcdowell High School All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity BreakdownNC All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.290.45
Mcdowell High School Diversity Score (1988-2015)
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
44%
52%
Mcdowell High School Eligible for Free Lunch (1990-2015)
Eligible for Reduced
Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
7%
5%
Mcdowell High School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (2000-2015)

District Comparison

  • Mcdowell County s School District's student population of 6,256 students has decreased by 7% over five years.
  • The district's graduation rate of 73% has decreased from 93% over five years.
  • The revenue/student of $9,275 in this district is less than the state average of $10,864. The district revenue/student has grown by 9% over four years.
  • The district's spending/student of $9,543 is less than the state average of $10,591. The district spending/student has grown by 8% over four years.
School District NameMcdowell County s School District
Number of Schools
Managed
12
1
Number of Students Managed6,256912
Mcdowell County s School District Students Managed (1989-2014)
Graduation Rate73%76%
Mcdowell County s School District Graduation Rate (2001-2010)
District Total Revenue$59 MM$18 MM
Mcdowell County s School District District Total Revenue (1992-2014)
District Spending$60 MM$18 MM
Mcdowell County s School District District Spending (1992-2014)
District Revenue / Student$9,275$10,864
Mcdowell County s School District District Revenue / Student (1990-2014)
District Spending / Student$9,543$10,591
Mcdowell County s School District District Spending / Student (1990-2014)
School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2015 (latest year available) NCES, NC Dept. of Education

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