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In-depth school information including test scores and student stats for Gates County Senior High, Gatesville, NC.

  • Name Gates County Senior High
  • 5 out of 10 GreatSchools Rating
  • Enrollment 567 students (as of 2013)
  • City Gatesville, NC
  • County Gates
  • District Gates County Schools
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Gates County Senior High Ratings

Avg Rating3/53/53/53/53/53/5
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Gates County Senior High Reviews

3/5 Rating - Posted May 25, 2010
My daughter will be graduating this year and she has done very well here. The teachers are willing to work with each child to promote their best abilities. GCHS is a small school with great teachers. The only thing the school is lacking is the communication within the office. The administration is very unwilling to perform any administrative duties. Communication between the school and parents is VERY lacking. Notifications are not sent home in a timely manner from the office, if at all. The teachers are prompt at sending progress reports and notices home on the other hand. I would have to say GCHS is slightly above average when it comes to an overall rating.
Submitted by parent

Posted October 4, 2009
The pride that the kids are instilled with in their various activities and sports is incredible. There are some talented kids in Gates County and they deserve to have the resources neceassary to help them excel and know that they can achieve anything that they can dream.
Submitted by parent

Posted June 17, 2009
This school was great. I just graduated this past spring. Most of the teachers I had really cared about me and were concerned with me getting good grades. This school offers four AP courses which is really good for such a small school, and all of the AP teachers are well qualified to teach them. The distance learning program is probably the best thing out there. Where else will you be able to receive college credit at no cost? My four years at Gates County High School were great and now I look forward to going off to better things.
Submitted by other

Posted December 16, 2008
GCHS is a great school that has provided my son with a wonderful education. For a small, rural school it offers many advanced placement courses and opportunities to take courses through the locall community college system. Because of these opportunities my son will enter NC State with 12 college credit hours. for the most part the faculty and staff have the best interest of my son at heart. As with all professions there are some teachers who should consider other fields of employment but overall our experience has been a positive one.
Submitted by parent

Posted September 19, 2008
My daughter is a Junior this year and she has been doing wonderful at this school. The teachers seem to be doing their jobs since she has been either on the principal's list or honor roll the entire time she has been at GCHS. We moved from Va. Beach to Gates County and the school seems to be right in line with the larger schools. I am pleased with this schools academics but the extra curricular could use a few more activities for the students.
Submitted by parent

2/5 Rating - Posted September 18, 2008
The lack of clssses offered within certain guided programs such as the artist and construction programs has some serious problems. Many of the classes in these career proograms are no ling in existance. More music, business classes and a variety of art classes would allow the the expansion of growth for individuals who are not in to agriculture. I am not saying that any one program is bad, but stand behind the career goals your offer. I am sure most teachers would agree.
Submitted by parent

5/5 Rating - Posted September 15, 2008
What a change, after several years of Central Middle School, GCHS is wonderful. It's great to have teachers who talk to you with concern and respect! I have a son who graduated in 2005 and is now a senior in college planning on chiropractic college. He was well prepared after GCHS. I have 2 more children there now. I too would like to see more extracurricular activities to choose from but having my children in a smaller, closer, more caring school is worth it.
Submitted by parent

4/5 Rating - Posted September 2, 2008
Okay, I have read all the reviews about GCHS. Apparently, those who had negative comments must have been disgruntal parents or students. I am a 1985 graduate of GCHS and attended NC State University. At that time GCHS was behind on math and did not have the advance level courses as they do now. Now there are Honors classes, AP courses, lots of electives, and a wide variety of sports. Folks have to remember that this is a very small county and this school offers quite a bit considering the area we are located. Not many schools offers electives as Drama, Dance, Art, and we even have specific courses geared toward career pathways. I have a daughter who is Freshman this year, and I am totally impressed with what GCHS offers. The staff is excellent and willing to go the extra mile, BUT, the parents play a role as well!
Submitted by parent

1/5 Rating - Posted August 19, 2008
2008 - Principal recently quit. Numerous teacher problems (unfair bias/prejudicy and subjective grading practices). School is very poor with limited sports programs ( No Track & Field, Gymnastics, Band...) Not recommended for students with high potential who need appropriate guidance. Administratively, they're the worst. No one at the school wants to do their job (Lack of Leadership) requiring extensive parental involvement to manage course changes, grade corrections, etc. Avoid this school if at all possible.
Submitted by parent

Posted May 8, 2008
My daughter is a freshman at the school. The school needs to offer another foreign language. I applaud Mrs. Toti for the outstanding job she is doing in the drama program and for promoting the arts in general. My daughter only seems happy when she is involved in one of her plays.
Submitted by parent

4/5 Rating - Posted May 5, 2008
I left GCHS before I graduated to go back to Virginia. It was hard to adjust to a drastic change - city to country - but as much drama as there was in Gates County, it is just as much drama in any high school, no matter where they're from. So blame trouble on Virginians, or to be more realistic, just blame it on the nature of teenagers. I look back on very fond memories of GCHS, the teachers and classes were all good. The informal friendly setting is what I found to nurture the best teacher-student relationships, because it leads to student cooperation. But true, it doesn't prepare you for dealing with snobby, unfriendly university professors who wear their Ph.D.s on their sleeves.
Submitted by other

Posted February 18, 2008
I think there is a lack of Admin and Teaching Staff communicating. It you are a team you have to work as a team and not a solo artist and the current Admin and Staff are doing just that. The right hand does not know what the left hand is doing and it affects communication to Parents and Students.
Submitted by parent

3/5 Rating - Posted November 30, 2007
i graduated from gchs last year and i did like it for the most part. There are a few outstanding teachers, but the rest could use some work. I did find the three AP teachers to be my favorite, Mrs. T Campbell, Mrs. Conner and Mrs. MacLawhorn. These AP classes were by far the most helpful to me now that I'm in college. All of the honors courses were usually a joke. My one regret is that much of the time the teachers were easy on us and that didn't help very much in my adjustment to college. There are not that many resources at gchs but that is only because they are a small school. Only having 1 foreign language is rediculous! After comparing gchs to other schools i would say that they are average.
Submitted by other

4/5 Rating - Posted October 20, 2007
I am a freshman at GCHS, and i love the school. The teachers are great,and will help you when ever you need it. My favorite teacher at GCHS would so have to be Mrs. Lisa Ward, she teaches my Health Team Relations class. Yeah, to pass her class you have to do a lot of work,and yea it takes a lot of studying, but it's worth it.
Submitted by student

4/5 Rating - Posted September 29, 2007
This school isn't the greatest when it comes to resources, I have to be honest. Right now Spanish is the ONLY language you can learn. Our class size is getting enormous and the fact that everyone knows each other creates many problems. On the flip side, the teacher quality is excellent. With the exception of one or two teachers, I have never had problem with any of them. They all really do try to help.
Submitted by student

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