East Mecklenburg High

6800 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28212
(980) 343-6430

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1756 students 14 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


End of Class Tests (EOC)

In 2013-2014 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Mathematics, English II, 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.
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About this school

East Mecklenburg High is a public high school in Charlotte. The principal of East Mecklenburg High is Mr Richard B Parker, whose e-mail is p377@cms.k12.nc.us. 1,756 students attend East Mecklenburg High and identify mostly as Asian; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Black, non-Hispanic. 64% of the 1,756 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at East Mecklenburg High is 14:1. Evelyn Mack Academy 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
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 8% 5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 46% 42%
Multiracial 4% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 23% 32%
Hispanic 19% 18%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.6% 0.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.5%
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 64% 57%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    East Meck has always been considered a vibrant and strong part of the cms system but can sometimes be referred to the quote "bad" school from incidents years and years ago when the lines were redrawn. Going in I though maybe it was based on all of the things I was told by friends going to Providence or Myers Park but I quickly learned what made a great school. The East Mecklenburg family is a very diverse group of strong and intelectual individuals that strive to better the community and challenge themselves in everyday actions. Coming from being a part of it's well known IB program I made many life long friends and learned more about how to be open to more ideas and how to be a better well rounded person. East Meck not only embraces the idea of equality and world culture but rather the idea that experiences go a lot longer that the books you read or the papers you write. My 4 years at East Mecklenburg helped evolve me into a college student open to the many ideas life will begin to throw towards me. The East Meck education embodies critical thinking and analyzation as well as encompacing global aspects to give a more well rounded education.

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school! I was fortunate to attend high school here after having been stuck in the Christian school system for elementary and middle school. What a relief! How glad I am that I got exposed to real education and diverse people before I went to college! East Mecklenburg has a great variety of AP and IB classes with some wonderful teachers at the helm. I entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with 25 credit hours thanks to my wonderful AP classes that really prepared me for the tests. Students here are open and friendly with groups mixing relatively easily. I may not have been a "popular" kid but I never felt unpopular or unwanted. For the first time in my life East Meck exposed me to diversity both in culture and in education. Both were MILES better than my Christian school experiences and I strongly discourage Charlotte parents from sending their kids to Christian schools. Maybe you'll worry about East Meck's location or the fact that it's not the richest public school in Charlotte but that's a baseless worry. If your child is motivated there are as many opportunities for them here as Myers Park or Independence or any other public school.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have one son that attended and graduated from East Meck in 2013. He was not in the IB program but excelled academically. East Meck offered sufficient honors classes and AP classes to satisfy our needs. He was accepted into every college he applied to including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and NC State. He just finished his freshman year at NC State in mechanical engineering. He was on the Dean's List both semesters! My son was well prepared for college based on the education he received from East Meck. It is not necessary to be in the IB program unless that is something your child really wants to do. I have seen so many kids struggle in IB and not enjoy their high school years at all. It is not necessary if they take Honors classes and AP classes. No school is perfect -- not private or public. All schools have some issue that you will have to deal with as a parent. My son transferred from Vance High School to East Meck during his freshman year. That was the best move we could have made. The student body is very diverse and they stress respect for all. Not much fighting but it does happen. The administrators respond appropriately. Good School!

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is pretty good. I am a current freshman in the IB program at East Meck and I like it so far. It is definitely better than most schools and most of the teachers are extremely dedicated to making sure that we not only get promoted but we graduate.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am disappointed so far with the education my daughter has received at East Meck. She is completing her sophomore year and I am shocked at the lack of homework my child has brought home in the past two years. Her grades are slightly above average with minimal effort because I don't believe they expect enough from their students. There are other issues I have as well with the school like she only takes 4 classes per semester but I believe those are CMS issues and not the school's. If you can send your child to another school- or even to a private school- I highly recommend it.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have a daughter who graduated last year from East and received a good education and got into all of her choice colleges. I also have a rising junior in the IB program at East. As with any public school you may be dissatisfied with one or two teachers. But overall you won't find a more caring staff. The students are very accepting. I think East is a special place where there is no "in group" of students. The new Principal Mr. Parker is very energetic. East has a IB program and will soon be an Academy of Engineering school. It has a lot to offer.

  • (5 years ago)

    We are on our 6th year of a kid at East Meck - and we remain happy with every aspect of the school. Teachers and administrators are great - people who work here want to be here. Student population is a great diverse group - an important aspect that we were looking for in a school. Our two children have had chosen completely different paths at school - and both have been successful.

  • (5 years ago)

    dedicated teachers great academics positive attitudes always

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter graduated from East in 2007. She was neither an AP student or a trouble maker. She was an average student and disappeared among the staff and administration. No on knew her name because she did not cause trouble or make the school 'great' with her academic achievements. She was constantly bullied and called names to which administration's reply was 'we can't stop it!' Would I ever recommend this school - no way! Am I glad my daughter is out of this school - absolutely! My daughter volunteered numerous hours in the community and at her church. She made the school better because of her attendance there. Yet she was invisible to those in charge!

  • (6 years ago)

    As a parent I wish I had trusted a research-based evaluation of this school. It is easy to fall victim to a small group of virulent PR experts working hard to 'put lipstick on a pig'. My earlier review of the school was not posted but it is a great school system but without choices in high schools. I should have looked at the numbers before sending my children to East. A very small PTA; over 30% of kids dropouts; very small number of kids taking AP TESTS; very small number of parents involved- all homogenous and alot of whom are related. Look at the number of kids from nearby who go to private schools... there are alot; communication with parents is not encouraged- they think the kids should just sink or swim. Fine if your never sinks.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have been an East Meck parent for eight years now and my kids have not only had great educational experiences but have truly loved being here. The principal Mark Nixon and his wonderful staff and teachers truly care about the kids and their education. The school is so safe and secure unlike what outsiders hear on the news - my kids have never been afraid to be on campus. If you happen to be there during the day and walk the campus during classes there are no kids roaming the halls and you could hear a pin drop. The staff does a wonderful job in making sure that the kids are where they need to be. The diverse population works at East...we are the reigning 4A NC State Basketball champs our football team is headed for another successful year the IB program is one of the best...EM is great!

  • (7 years ago)

    Unfortunately I was only able to attend East Meck for one year. However East has given me the best year of my life. Thanks to my amazing teachers and my even more amazing principle my sophmore year is one I will never forget.

  • (7 years ago)

    The Music Program rocks. My son is on the Marching bands. 'Go Eagles'. His being on the band has made a big difference in his life. He is a rising Senior and East is his school.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a rising senior at East Meck and I have attended this school all 3 years since I entered highschool. I love East Meck. This school is very diverse and I would suggest to any parent or student to send their child to East Meck. Also our 2007-2008 basketball team did win state championships as well. They are great. East Meck has its downfall as all schools do but with the principal and administration everything turns out to be fine in the end. I love East Meck and I am really going to miss it next year.

  • (7 years ago)

    East Mecklenburg is a wonderful school. I love going here and the administration/students are the best. Its like one big family. The sports arts and overall educational programs are amazing.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school has a strong visual arts department with dedicated and talented teachers!

  • (7 years ago)

    We just moved here from Florida and I was a little worried about the school but after a couple of months I am very pleased with the faculty in the IB program I think they are challenging my daughter everyday to work hard with excellence. There is also lots of involvement in sports and clubs. I mostly like the diversity on the student body allowing them to learn about different cultures around the world.

  • (7 years ago)

    i think that this is a awesome school for students to be protected from harms way and they have an excellent ROTC program

  • (7 years ago)

    My family and I just moved here from another state and I was a little leary about sending my child here because I knew the atmosphere would be different considering we came from a predominantly white school. So far I am impressed with East Meck. I think she is being challenged more academically. She is meeting a lot of positive people and even being challenged playing basketball(which she enjoys playing). I think this is a wonderful school to consider if you are planning on moving here or changing to a different school.

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughters are 2005 and 2007 graduates of East Meck. They had great educational experiences and the school offered opportunities to particpate in a wide range of activities. Mr. Nixon is totally committed to making the school and all students successful and the staff is outstanding.

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