Lee County Schools School District

106 Gordon St
Sanford, NC 27330
(District boundaries shown in map)
4/
10
Bottom 50%

Top Rankings

Lee County Schools School District ranks among the top 20% of public school district in North Carolina for:

Category
Attribute
Diversity
Most diverse schools (Top 1%)
Community Size
Largest student body (number of students) (Top 1%)
For the 2024 school year, there are 5 public high schools serving 3,052 students in Lee County Schools School District. This district's average high testing ranking is 3/10, which is in the bottom 50% of public high schools in North Carolina.
Public High Schools in Lee County Schools School District have an average math proficiency score of 45% (versus the North Carolina public high school average of 58%), and reading proficiency score of 45% (versus the 58% statewide average).
Public High School in Lee County School School District have a Graduation Rate of 84%, which is less than the North Carolina average of 85%.
The school with highest graduation rate is Lee Early College, with ≥95% graduation rate. Read more about public school graduation rate statistics in North Carolina or national school graduation rate statistics.
Minority enrollment is 64% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the North Carolina public high school average of 53% (majority Black).

Overview

This School District
This State (NC)
# Schools
16 Schools
738 Schools
# Students
9,207 Students
539,647 Students
# Teachers
641 Teachers
32,877 Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
14:1
14:1

District Rank

Lee County Schools School District, which is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 325 school districts in North Carolina (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2021-2022 school year.
The school district's graduation rate of 88% has decreased from 90% over five school years.
This School District
State Average (NC)
#212 out of 325 school districts
(Bottom 50%)
This chart display the overall district rank of Lee County Schools  School District, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
46%
51%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of Lee County Schools  School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of NC by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
42%
50%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Lee County Schools  School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of NC by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
88%
86%
This chart display public school graduation rate of Lee County Schools  School District and public school graduation rate of NC by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.

Students by Ethnicity:

0.69
0.68
# American Indian Students
31 Students
5,866 Students
% American Indian Students
n/a
1%
# Asian Students
51 Students
18,660 Students
% Asian Students
1%
3%
# Hispanic Students
3,644 Students
100,068 Students
% Hispanic Students
39%
19%
# Black Students
1,824 Students
133,085 Students
% Black Students
20%
25%
# White Students
3,259 Students
256,757 Students
% White Students
35%
47%
# Hawaiian Students
10 Students
713 Students
% Hawaiian Students
n/a
n/a
# Two or more races Students
422 Students
26,206 Students
% of Two or more races Students
5%
5%

Students by Grade:

# Students in PK Grade:
82
543
# Students in K Grade:
653
5,886
# Students in 1st Grade:
624
5,830
# Students in 2nd Grade:
666
6,059
# Students in 3rd Grade:
692
6,186
# Students in 4th Grade:
654
6,315
# Students in 5th Grade:
711
6,848
# Students in 6th Grade:
725
10,258
# Students in 7th Grade:
683
11,024
# Students in 8th Grade:
754
10,933
# Students in 9th Grade:
918
142,946
# Students in 10th Grade:
758
119,163
# Students in 11th Grade:
740
110,398
# Students in 12th Grade:
547
97,258
# Ungraded Students:
-
-

District Revenue and Spending

The revenue/student of $11,206 in this school district is less than the state median of $11,354. The school district revenue/student has grown by 7% over four school years.
The school district's spending/student of $10,792 is less than the state median of $11,785. The school district spending/student has stayed relatively flat over four school years.
This School District
This State (NC)
Total Revenue (20-21)
$103 MM
$17,307 MM
This chart display total revenue of Lee County Schools  School District and median value from total revenues of all school districts in NC by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Spending (20-21)
$99 MM
$17,964 MM
This chart display total spending of Lee County Schools  School District and median value from total spendings of all school districts in NC by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Revenue / Student (20-21)
$11,206
$11,354
This chart display average revenue per public school student in Lee County Schools  School District and average revenue per public school student of all school districts in NC by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Spending / Student (20-21)
$10,792
$11,785
This chart display average spending per public school student in Lee County Schools  School District and average spending per public school student of all school districts in NC by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.

Best Lee County Schools School District Public High Schools (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Lee Early College
(Math: ≥90% | Reading: ≥90% )
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
1105 Kelly Drive
Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 888-4502
Grades: 9-13
| 244 students
Rank: #22.
Southern Lee High School
(Math: 60-64% | Reading: 47%)
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
2301 Tramway Road
Sanford, NC 27332
(919) 718-2400
Grades: 9-12
| 1,235 students
Rank: #33.
Lee County High School
(Math: 41% | Reading: 42%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
1708 Nash Street
Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 776-7541
Grades: 9-12
| 1,434 students
Rank: #44.
Floyd L Knight Children Center
Special Education School
(Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%)
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
607 W Mcintosh St
Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 774-4634
Grades: PK-12
| 114 students
Rank: #55.
Bragg Street Academy
Alternative School
(Math: ≤10% | Reading: 11-19%)
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
504 Bragg Street
Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 775-2686
Grades: 5-12
| 25 students

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • District size: 16 schools
  • Grades: PK-13
  • Enrollment: 9,207 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 14:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 65%
  • : 88% (Top 50% in NC)
  • : Bottom 50%
  • : 46% (Btm 50%)
  • : 42% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NC Dept. of Education

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