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About This School

Cary High is a public high school in Cary. The principal of Cary High is Mr Jacob Bryant, who can be contacted at jnbryant@wcpss.net. 2,310 students attend Cary High and identify as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 33% of the 2,310 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Cary High is 15:1. Cary Christian School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 6% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 52% 49%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
Multiracial 5% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 20% 24%
Hispanic 18% 15%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0.3%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.6% 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 33% 35%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    Teachers are very good but administrative staff very unorganized and apathetic. Children who are disruptive and should be suspended after multiple incidents are not disciplined. Staff too lazy to bother.

  • (8 months ago)

    My son began this year and we have been impressed by the whole community spirit and multitude of option my son can explore .

  • (9 months ago)

    My son graduated from Cary HS in 2013 fourth in his class. He scored a 2230 on the SAT (770 770 690) with no tutoring. He also earned 30 hours of credit for college (through Cary's fantastic AP classes) at UNC - Chapel Hill again with no tutoring. If you want your child to be the best academically Cary High School can make that happen. Teachers are excellent with very high standards. He was in band and tennis also. His two sisters are currently attending Cary too. Moved here six years ago did research and only looked at houses zoned for Cary High School. Very glad I chose this outstanding school.

  • (9 months ago)

    We loved Cary High School the tradition the teachers and the students. At freshman orientation Principle Tillman really inspired the kids to take pride in their school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Cary High School has a lot of subjects and alot of languges that any body can choose from to learn and even sports to join like football basektball and more.... I love the way that everybody gets to get along and communicate with everybody there. GO IMPS! BLEED GREEN ALL THE WAY! CARY HIGH SCHOOL IMPS!

  • (1 year ago)

    Cary High School is a terrible school for special education students. Throughout my son's school years we have had him in many different settings and different states but Cary High School is without a doubt the worse school. My son's teacher had no control of the classroom and did not encourage parent involvement because then she would have to actually teach the students instead of letting them sleep - which is what we saw many times when we stopped in for other reasons. Parents do whatever you can to get your son or daughter with Special Needs out of Cary High School. Cary might be a good school for students going to college or talented in sports but for students who have significant cognitve limitations it is not much more than a warehouse - SAD !!!!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    my daughter and son-in-law both attended chs and thrived!! my son-in-law graduated in 2005 and my daughter in 2007! thanks to chs my daughter is now a teacher herself!!! you probably know who they are!! because my son-in-law played football for cary high! THANKS CHS!!

  • (1 year ago)

    I have a junior and a sophomore right now and we love the school. The teachers seem to care about the kids and they talk to them on their level. Both kids are in honors classes and one in marching band. Seems like everyone gets along well and the principal is amazing at relating to the students. Band program is bar-none! Imps really do bleed green )

  • (1 year ago)

    "One word...Tradition!" We have many good things to say about Cary High. It is a multicultural socially diverse environment and the kids seem to get along very well with one another. The teachers are responsive and willing to help and the AP classes are challenging. The community/student support for the extracurricular activities is very good the band program is amazing. Each year CHS just gets better and better. Two things that need work are 1) the buildings are old and need some TLC (the school is in process of working on that) and 2) more parents need to join and support THE PTA! Over all a very good place to send your children to high school.

  • (1 year ago)

    We have two daughters who are thriving at The Cary High School. Cary High is different from other Wake County schools in many key areas. Teaching staff is stable (low turn-over) and willing to assist students during lunch and after school. Principal Thilman is highly visible through the school day and at after-school activities - he "participated" in band camp. The students generally come from households that do not entitle them (ie they are not driving fancy cars or dressing in designer duds). The music sports and ROTC programs are distinguished in big ways every year. We cannot imagine our family at any other school. Yes we bleed green too!

  • (1 year ago)

    My last of 3 kids has graduated from Cary High and is off to start her college adventures. Cary High has done a great job of preparing all three of my kids with the tools they have needed to succeed in life. Each child had different areas of interest and this school provided them all the opportunity to explore and grow in their specialized areas. The principal is youthful and involved with the students...they love him. Teachers and staff are supportive and caring. Music and sports programs are top notch. As a parent I encourage you and your child to get involved and make a difference. This school is rooted deep in tradition(s) and school spirit. Thanks to the many at Cary High who have helped us to raise happy educated and well-rounded children. Imps do bleed green )

  • (1 year ago)

    Cary High is certainly not the best.. Cary high has some get teachers don't get me wrong but that school is so unorganized to me I'm glad I'm no longer going to Cary High I'm now going to go to Panther Creek which is a Way better school . Good Luck fellow IMPS !

  • (2 years ago)

    This school has been great for me so far. It has been very open minded and accepts everyone's faults. Even though there are sometimes fights it is only the troublemakers. I have excellent teachers and very good friends. It is a much better school than what it is rated on here for.... so far. Plus the CET program here is AMAZING!

  • (2 years ago)

    My grandson just started 9th grade at the school. While he likes his teachers and friends he and his parents are cautiously waiting to see how the school is and what the kids outside of his group are like. Someone set fire to the bathrooms 3 days this week and the fire department was called. Bad behavior is one thing but this goes beyond.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter just finished her freshman year. It was fantastic! I really feel that the teachers and the school leadership care about the students success. I absolutely love the diversity at the school. I know that is a very important part of the schools success.

  • (4 years ago)

    I used to attend cary high and loved every second of it. The teachers were approachable and the classes were challenging. Teachers were available all the time for help or just to go and hangout with when you have spare team. The athletic department is top notch and are teams are always pretty good i loved being an athlete for the imps. The kids i met there are good people and i miss roaming the halls of cary high. Best high school in the triangle!

  • (5 years ago)

    I feel that CHS is a wonderful school. The teachers there really care about their students and try to help them succeed. As an Alumni i can attest that many of us come back not only to visit for home coming but to also give back to our school and community. CHS has great AP classes and EXCEPTIONAL extracurricular program (go gang green!!!). For the negative posters below by the time you get to high school you shouldn't have to be spoon feed and told how to talk and what to do. that is a choice that you consciously make. It is not the job of a HIGH SCHOOL teacher to hold your child's hand and tell them what to do. any 14-18 is more than capable of doing their work and following directions. Teachers can only teach if you are willing to open your mind and listen.

  • (6 years ago)

    CHS fosters a positive environment academically and socially. The variety of electives and availability of AP courses are unmatched. I took 9 AP classes and countless electives with incredibly dedicated teachers who showed a passion for their subject and a love for their students. Likewise extra-curricular activities abound ranging from athletic teams to service organizations to honor societies to special interest groups. Each student has an opportunity to get involved with extra-curriculars that correspond to his/her interests. This along with the rich traditions cultivates an environment and school spirit that is unique to CHS. Alumni return not only for the typical homecoming festivities but just to visit their esteemed teachers. Hearing about other people s high school experiences has shown me how fortunate I was to attend Cary. I love my school--the teachers the students the traditions and plan to return as a teacher upon graduating from college.

  • (6 years ago)

    CHS is a disorganized school where students 'slip through the cracks' because the administration just does not care. Students and parents are treated rudely by office personnel. Teachers have no power to change the system. Bright students basically teach themselves.

  • (6 years ago)

    The classes and electives are excellent however sometimes the time spent on homework per day exceeds the time spent in school per day. My child spends aprox 30 hours per week on homework.

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