School Details

Apex High

1501 Laura Duncan Road, Apex, NC 27502
(919) 387-2208

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2556 students 17 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


End of Class Tests (EOC)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English I, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Wake County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Apex High is a public high school in Apex. The principal of Apex High is Mr Matthew Wight, whose e-mail is 2,556 students go to Apex High and identify primarily as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 9% of the 2,556 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Apex High is 17:1. Cary Christian School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 15%
White, non-Hispanic 75% 49%
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 24%
Asian 6% 6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.3%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9% 35%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    I'm surprised by the negative comments from a lot of folks. We are new to the school sophomore year and come from Silicon Valley schools in California. The curriculum here is twice as fast (semester classes vs whole year) and my daughter has had all the help she has needed to acclimate. All of her teachers have taken time for her! Math tutoring is available EVERY day by 5 different teachers and peers. PTSA is strong and approachable. Communication with teachers and counselors has been easy and met with quick responses. Yes the buildings are a bit old looking and yes the school is crowded (we came from a school of 1400) but every school in Wake is dealing with this issue. Apex offers so much more for my student then what she could have received in the heart of Silicon Valley! More friends more club opportunities and many more class options to choose from. If you don't feel the same then maybe Apex is not a good fit for your child there are lots of other options out there and may be worth looking into. For us Apex is A+

  • (1 year ago)

    I have had 2 kids at this school and I have tutored many other kids that go here. It has to be one of the worst high schools in Wake County. The teachers are terrible and do not know how to teach well they do not give appropriate homework that promotes learning they test things they have not taught and generally don't care if students succeed. Their math curriculum is 10 times harder than other schools in the area and the teachers just read off power points and don't provide students with what they need to study for tests. So many kids fail that teachers look the other way when they cheat or gives D's to a student who hasn't learned anything just to get them through. I would not recommend this school at all.

  • (1 year ago)

    Apex High School has many opportunities for students to try different area's of life like medical music technology and so on. Funding has been tough and it is in need of a revamp (I believe it is on the list) but most of the teachers and students are supportive and seem to care. I think administration is doing an excellent job with what they have and very happy to see they are supportive of the Strings Program.

  • (1 year ago)

    Be careful with this school. If you think that you might need more than a roof and a teacher you will want to avoid Apex High. The rating of 8/10 is extremely misleading. They do not focus on academics the school is dirty and they are equipped with teachers who do not take the time nor the effort to care about their students. The classrooms are quite small the school is in slight disrepair and the faculty are unfriendly and unhelpful. The teachers have 30+ students per class and don't have time for students after class. The grading scale is 8-point which is either good or bad depending on what you are used to. Be wary of Apex High. It is the bare bones of a school and it does not exist to make its students successful.

  • (1 year ago)

    In my experience I feel they have more students than they can handle which leave the children that may need any focused attention left ignored. My child spent his 9th grade year here and as the beginning of common core math teaching went underway he struggled desperately to get it. I brought this to the teachers attention it was essentially ignored and the response was "it's a new teaching method he will catch on" weeks went by and I had to literally email 5 various principals until someone finally responded as his grades reflected a failing average. They scrambled to arrange a teacher meeting she had no solutions to his concerns except to "stay after for tutoring" which he had been doing for weeks. My son had a B average in honors science honors English and honors history and failed first term math. There was never an intervention he was dropped to a lower intro math and I did try to communicate with staff but found them highly unresponsive and the only way to reach them is with email that often failed to send. My son does have ADD which was a fact treated as irrelevant to their teaching methods. My son is atypical they can't handle the atypical.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our son just graduated this year (2013) with a 3.93gpa is attending ECU in the fall and was accepted to 5 other universities. He participated in the AOIT (Academy of Information Technology) program which really was beneficial in his educational progress. Couldn't be happier!

  • (1 year ago)

    I currently have a child at Apex and one that has already graduated. We have loved Apex in the years we have been here. I agree that the building is old and overcrowding does exist but that is a county wide problem not inclusive to Apex. You cannot judge a book by it's cover although the campus is older there is a wonderful sense of community with the PTSA sports programs drama music band and other clubs. Parent involvement is evident and the staff is always friendly and helpful. The principal is excellent and he is also a parent at the school. Staff is always present at all functions we have attended. For the most part we have been pleased with teachers only a few we didnt care for over the last 6+ years we have been there. I have never seen nor have my children ever seen smoking on campus so previous comments by students may be exaggerated. When we moved to the area we looked at all the schools in Wake County and Apex was our top choice! They have excellent test scores and a wonderful sense of community. Overall Apex has been a great experience for us.

  • (2 years ago)

    Many students that graduate here go to top colleges nationwide. Some examples are Notre Dame West Point Duke UNC- Chapel's true that the top teachers teach AP/Honors classes but doesn't that make sense?

  • (2 years ago)

    Teachers are awful students are somewhat nice. overcrowded discouraging depressing environment. i am transferring next year to a different school because i am unimpressed with what i have dealt with at apex high school. people smoke everywhere on campus and it is absolutely disgusting! most of them are underage and that is probably the only thing that is seemed to be encouraged at apex. staff does not mind if students are smoking and they don't tell them to stop if they do mind it. it has just been really disappointing here at apex and i just have to say i cannot wait to be in a better environment with people involved in sports and a better education. it may seem harsh but apex really and truly sucks. everyone there seems to put a depressing vibe on the school. everyone seems to be in little cliques and i think that sports and better grades need to be highly encouraged at apex.

  • (2 years ago)

    As parents of a junior student we are pleased with our child's performance starting both at Apex Middle School and now at Apex High School. Yes 2 300 students can be challenging and buildings show their age as with any school similar in size - especially during these economic times. Recent SAT scores placed AHS near the top among all area high schools. We also try and stay abreast of EOG scores and regularly check grades on-line. We're fortunate see a distinct desire to learn a solid command of subject matter access to teachers particpation in sports and a solid circle of friends who we know by name. We monitor grade performance but also talk about the "school intangibles" (drugs drinking etc) and their consequences. We're especially proud of his/her involvement with the two academic organizations. Challenges will always exist but staying engaged and part of the education process ensures success. We reinforce that it's his/her responsibility to take control of her education. We provide advice when asked and direction when needed. In the end Apex High School provides the skills and helps create a desire for our student to continue his/her education beyond high school.

  • (2 years ago)

    I was very surprized by the negative comments on Apex. I am a parent of 2 current high school kids who go there and think it is the best public high school around here. My only complaint would be the building because it is old but it doesn't alter their education or experiences. We moved across county and wanted a diverse community and we got it! The students at Apex represent diversity in all areas socially economically academically ethnically; and it is WONDERFUL. The school represents a slice of real life.Sports are big everywhere around here not just here. The arts department is supurb! We purposely did not select other high schools when moving here as they did not seem nearly as diverse. Our kids are high achievers and get a variety of teachers plus great opportunity for honors and AP courses.. There is no truth in what the other review mentioned with only the high achieving students getting the best teachers. I believe most teachers try to work at Apex since it is such a high regarded school. Just like any other high school if you stay involved with your kids in school they will do well and the teachers will work with you. As my kids say it is a chill school!

  • (3 years ago)

    As a whole this school is overcrowded. They just pass the lemons.. bad teachers traded for other bad teachers. Yes there a few gems... but not enough.... the whole county is loaded with teachers that shouldn't be there. And with the recession brought a hiring freeze. IT is really a sad situation. Overcrowded building is in need of repairs/refurbishing... The teachers... I have not met one that I liked yet... it is an us against them culture... let's see how we can trip this kid he doesn't get an A. Kids smoking all over/on campus... There is definitely tracks at this school.... the smart kids get the good teachers... the middle of the road/kids that are not overacheivers get stuck with the lemons... big time. We are in AOIT... for the sole reason of the teacher selection I figured they all can't be lemons... well... they have their fare share as well...and most of those teachers in the information technology academy don't know anything about IT.... Hello... anyone else see the irony in that? and Board Certified means nothing in the classroom. Just because a teacher is Board Certified does not define their teaching any stretch of the imagination.

  • (3 years ago)

    I've already posted but I just wanted to add that Apex high has a great special education program. I am a high school senior and the inclusion of handicapped kids is amazing. The two student-led clubs Living In Friendship Everyday (LIFE club) and Club Unify encourage friendship between disabled and non-disabled students and as a member of one I can say I have made great friendships and I still say "hi" to kids I've met there in the halls everyday. I want to be a special education teacher (and I am mildly learning disabled myself) so I've met the teachers from various levels and they are all amazing people especially the autism support teacher and the severe/profound teacher.

  • (3 years ago)

    not a good school. lots of problems with students teachers are sub par. everyone is really into sports.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a military child I have attended three very different high schools and Apex was by far the worst. My teachers didn't appreciate the effort level I put into my work and didn't try to connect with students. I felt like a number. Students already had their cliques and weren't welcoming. I'm glad my time there was short!

  • (4 years ago)

    Excellent school! The administration and the counselors really care about the students. I have two children going there and they both had a very positive experience.

  • (6 years ago)

    My nephew recently graduated from apex. He was a special needs person. We did not think he was going to graduate but suprised us all. He has attended other schools in cary and apex and Apex High was great for him. The teachers really worked well with my Nephew. Thanks Apex High for giving my nephew a chance to succeed.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a senior at Apex High I have been here for all 4 years. Teachers are great there are a few you dont want to cross but thats always how it is in high school. Sports are a big thing at Apex football soccer and basketball mostly. We just recently started having a Homecoming Dance. I have taken 4 Art classes wonderful. The supplies and teachers are top of the line. The Computer classes are wonderful too the teachers really care about you. There are a lot of Honors and AP Classes. We also have a shop classes and a wonderful culinary classes. A few things on the campus could be updated. (auditiorium locker rooms bathrooms) We recently got a new prinicpal this year hes definately taken this high school to the next level. Hes involoved with the students you always see him walking about campus greeting students.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am a Sophmore at Apex and compared to most schools it is great some teachers aren't very good but thats ok. Sports are huge basketball and football are at the top we've won state championships in soccer lacrosse cheerleading and basball. We win the tri-7 conference in the majority of sports. But overall i love my school and would want my child to attend it in the future.

  • (9 years ago)

    *good number of AP courses *some academic teachers/office support are outstanding *football program is well supported; bleachers will get a good cleaning this year *The auditorium badly needs to be expanded and remodeled. *school was overcapacity by 110% two years ago and the school is still growing significantly. *The marching band has grown from less than 100 students to over 160 students in a four year period. The band has outgrown their facilities. Very active Band boosters. *tennis courts have grass growing

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