SCHOOL PROFILE

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    ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

    Principal: Tara Drouhard

    Assistant Principal for Instruction: Katherine Pendergraft

    Assistant Principal for A-D: Kimberly Carter

    Assistant Principal for E-K: Stephen Ausley

    Assistant Principal for L-Ra: Trenton Brown

    Assistant Principal for Rb-Z: Joey Risso

    STUDENT SERVICES TEAM

    Dean of Student Services:  Durenda Johnson Ward

    Counselor for A-D: Jessica Martz

    Counselor for E-K: Summer Manns

    Counselor for L-Ra: Jill Toborowsky

    Counselor for Re-Z: Dentra Keith

    SAP Counselor: Rashunda Jennings

    Career Development Coordinator: Traci Claiborne

    FACULTY AND STAFF

    Our professional staff of 145 is committed to excellence as they work to prepare our students to achieve their future educational and career goals. 100% of our faculty is certified in their subject area(s). 24 of our teachers are National Board Certified. 

    SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY

    Jesse O. Sanderson High School, established in 1968, is one of 36 high schools in the Wake County Public School System. It is accredited by Cognia (Formerly AdvancEd) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The school is located in a predominantly middle income community in the north central part of the capital city; students have immediate access to a major land-grant university, five liberal arts colleges, and a community college and within a thirty-mile radius we have access to several major universities, and the Research Triangle Park. 

    ATHLETIC PROGRAM 

    Sanderson is a member of the CAP 6 Conference.  Students have the opportunity to participate in cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, football, baseball, cheerleading, softball, volleyball, and wrestling.

    CLUBS AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

    Sanderson offers an array of extracurricular activities in which students may become involved: AFJROTC, Marching Band, Vocal Music, Theater, Academy of Finance, Student Council, academic clubs and competitions, DECA, Equity Team, FCA, National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Key Club, to name a few. 

    STUDENT BODY DATA

    Our student body is a culturally diverse population of 1656 that is approximately 47% White, 24% African-American, 22% Hispanic, 3% Asian, 4% Multi-Racial, <1% American Indian/Alaskan Native, and <1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. The Senior Class of 2023 graduated 317 students; 77% matriculated to a four year college or university, 19% to a community college or trade school, and 4% into the military, workforce, or other.  The current Senior Class of 2024 has approximately 335 students. 

    STANDARDIZED TEST RESULTS 

    For the Class of 2023: SAT: the Mean score on the SAT was 1135; Evidence Based Reading & Writing Mean  581; Math Mean  554. ACT: the ACT Mean Composite score was 24.4; English 24; ELA 19.2; Writing 6.5; Reading 26.4; Math 22.8;  Science 23.7; and STEM 23.5.

    CURRICULUM

    The academic program is organized on a 4 X 4 block schedule with four credits per semester, with every student having the opportunity to earn 8 credits annually.  AP courses offered: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, Calculus AB and BC, Pre-Calculus, Statistics, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Human Geography, Psychology, United States Government &  Politics, United States History, World History, Microeconomics, Music Theory, Spanish Language & Culture, Studio Art – 2D & 3D Design & Drawing. Over 80 Honors classes are offered in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts, AFJROTC, Career and Technical education, and World Languages. Scholarship totals for the class of 2023 entailed over $1,191,074.00 including the Air Force JROTC J-100 scholarship for $250,000 and the NCSU Goodnight Scholar valued at $96,000 plus enrichment, leadership, and traveling opportunities.

    GRADING SYSTEM

    Quality points for students entering 9th grade in 2015-16 and beyond are as follows:  

    Grading Scale

    Standard

    Honors

    AP

    A

    90-100

    4

    4.5

    5

    B

    80-89

    3

    3.5

    4

    C

    70-79

    2

    2.5

    3

    D

    60-69

    1

    1.5

    2

    F

    <60

    0

    0

    0

    ***Honors courses carry one-half (0.5 extra quality point) and Advanced Placement, Community College courses included on the most recent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Transfer List, and courses taught at a four-year university and college carry one (1.0) extra quality point. 

    CLASS RANK AND HONORS

    Transcripts include both weighted and unweighted cumulative grade-point averages. Rank is determined by cumulative weighted GPA and is calculated at the end of each semester. Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, WCPSS began designating the following senior honors in lieu of naming a Valedictorian or Salutatorian:

    • Students with a 3.75 - 3.99 weighted grade point average shall receive the distinction of Cum Laude.  

    • Students with a 4.0 - 4.249 weighted grade point average shall receive the distinction of Magna Cum Laude.  

    • Students with a 4.25 or higher weighted grade point average shall receive the distinction of Summa Cum Laude.

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS 26 credits 

    English

    ELA 1, 2, 3, & 4

    Math

    Math 1, 2, 3, and a 4th math aligned with post-secondary goals

    Science

    Earth/Environmental Science, Biology, and a Physical Science (physical science, chemistry, or physics)

    Social Studies

    World History, Civic Literacy, American History, Economics and Personal Finance

    Health/PE

    1 Healthful Living

    Second Language 

    2 levels of the same foreign language (i.e. Spanish I and II) for college/university bound students

    Electives

    6 required with 4 courses from one of the following concentrations highly recommended: Career and Technical, Arts Education, or other core subject area

     

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Mission

  • Sanderson High School will provide a relevant and engaging education and will graduate students who are collaborative, creative, effective communicators, and critical thinkers.

Vision

  • Sanderson High School students will be prepared to reach their full potential and lead productive lives in a complex and changing world.

Values

  • Sanderson High School values our dedicated faculty and staff, and believes that every student is capable and deserves to learn, grow, and succeed regardless of race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.

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