Education

A tale of three high schools: Northwestern, Rock Hill, South Pointe

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Rock Hill school district leaders are considering whether all three district high schools are equitable. Board members plan to discuss the issue on June 8. Here’s a look at how Northwestern, Rock Hill and South Pointe compare in several areas. The numbers in parentheses reflect information from several years ago.

Category

Northwestern

Rock Hill

South Pointe

Enrollment*

1,851 (1,791)

1,981 (1,998)

1,294 (1,415)

Percent of capacity

93.7% (86.8%)

91.8% (85%)

69.1% (74.1%)

Graduation rates**

83.4% (74.2%)

79.4% (67.9%)

82.2% (70.8%)

Dropout rates**

2.2% (2.1%)

2.9% (3.4%)

3.2% (3.5%)

ACT Scores**

20.8 (20.8)

19.1 (19.8)

20.4 (20.2)

SAT Combined Scores

1,433 (1,480)

1,386 (1,449)

1,378 (1,416)

Teachers with advanced degrees

63.3% (53.8)

69.4% (64.3)

70.4% (74.4%)

Average teacher salary**

$49,444 ($49,815)

$51,100 ($48,525)

$50,197 ($48,356)

Extracurricular funding from School District for sports and band***

$810,133 ($756,109)

$820,167 ($767,087)

$867,750 ($814,530)

Athletic booster club revenues****

$179,036 ($245,431)

$64,563 ($30,778)

$77,032 ($53,726)

Athletic booster club spending****

$169,878 (237,254)

$61,333 ($31,603)

$81,222 ($43,009)

Band booster club revenues****

$66,241 ($90,819)

$154,774 ($194,101)

$19,803 ($48,959)

Band booster club spending****

$60,287 ($95,850)

$127,739 ($202,439)

$11,864 ($53,397)

Compiled by Don Worthington

*2014-2015 data compared with 2009-2010 data

**2013-2014 data compared with 2009-2010 data

***2014-2015 data compared with 2012-2013 data

Source: Rock Hill School District, SC Department of Education School Report Card

****Guidestar IRS 990 filings 2013 tax year compared with 2011 tax year. (Latest years available)

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