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About This School

Kestrel Heights School is a charter high school in Durham. The principal of Kestrel Heights School is Mr. Richie Mitchell, whose e-mail is Mitchell@kestrelheights.org. 1,065 students go to Kestrel Heights School and identify as Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Black, non-Hispanic. The student to teacher ratio at Kestrel Heights School is 15:1. Camelot Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 9%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% %
Black, non-Hispanic 44% 44%
Asian 4% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 39% 39%
Multiracial 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.6% 0.6%
Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    This is our first year at Kestrel Elementary. We could not be happier with the education that our daughter has received so far. She has blossomed so much in the last 6 months or so and we contribute most of that to her teachers. What I love about the school are the "4 R's that they live by Respect your environment Respect Yourself Responsibility and Respect others! If our children live by these they will grow into caring individuals who care for their enviroments and others. We also adore their teachers. They are so loving and caring and not just my child's teachers all of the teachers in the elementary school treat her like their own student. When she is upset they comfort her. They are truly all like family! We could not be happier! Not to mention...she is learning so much! )

  • (6 months ago)

    I am a student at Kestrel Heights School. I have been going there since the sixth grade and I am now in tenth grade . Although the middle school has had some staff changes I think it is excellent. The high school is another story. There are only a few good teachers and even the good teachers don't teach advance material. The high school lacks AP and Honors courses because of the lack of staff. The principal doesn't do much to improve the school. The school lacks a cafeteria and an auditorium because of budget problems. The school lacks advanced technology and most of the computers are old or broken. The outdoor environment looks bad. The landscape isn't good and needs work. They also have a bug problem that they never fix. I plan to leave the school after this school year if I can find a better school. Personally I would put my child at the middle school and take them out after eighth grade otherwise your child might be bored and they won't receive the help they need to get into a good college.

  • (7 months ago)

    I have two children at Kestrel Elementary and we love it there. The teachers are excellent the special education teachers are outstanding and my children are thriving. We considered many other schools (private traditional public magnet and charter) before choosing Kestrel and we definitely made the right choice. The school is small and the staff all know my children and family.

  • (7 months ago)

    The middle and high school are excellent! I highly recommend them but the elementary school still needs some work. We transferred our child after a year and a half at the school. Not happy with the teachers there. We had a child there for middle school and is currently in her 2nd year at the high school.

  • (7 months ago)

    Great School! We have two girls here elementary and high school. We've been part of the Kestrel family for 4 years. We love the warm nurturing peaceful environment caring teachers and staff ease of communication regular updates diversity among student population and staff. We wouldn't want my girls anywhere else!

  • (8 months ago)

    We have been in the new elementary school for over a year now. Last year our son was in the 2nd grade. We were not impressed with the second grade teacher at all; however the principal was very responsive and worked with us as parents and the teacher so we could find some common ground. This year in 3rd grade we are much happier. The primary teacher is excellent and the special teachers are very good. Kestrel is a small school. Everyone knows our names. The elementary school is brand new and is still figuring some things out. I think the school will be excellent with a few more years under its belt.

  • (8 months ago)

    Our son started at Kestrel Elementary last year in the 5th grade and has now moved in to Kestrel Middle school. Last year being the first year of the Elementary school was a bit shaky at times as the teachers worked the kinks out but it was clear the teachers were doing their best and truly cared about the kids. This year in the Middle School we have absolutely fallen in love with Kestrel. The teachers are some of the best I've ever seen and the way they have divided up the core classes alternating two each day for two hours verses all 4 each day for one hour has made a HUGE difference in how my ADHD child is performing. So impressed with all of the teachers their methods and the absolute dedication to helping each student succeed. I can't say enough good things at the Middle School.

  • (9 months ago)

    Kestrel is a great school. We love the small class sizes and the smaller school feel. Teachers and staff are awesome. My daughter is doing very well so far and is always happy to go to school.

  • (9 months ago)

    Small class size great teachers/staff great diversity and parent involvement all make this school top notch!! The teachers are very responsive and work with each student to help them reach their highest potential. The emphasis is on developing critical thinking skills and good citizenship. Kestrel really does feel like a private school education minus the tuition bill. We feel very fortunate to be part of this school.

  • (9 months ago)

    So far we have had an entirely positive experience at Kestrel Elementary School. We have found the teacher superb the quality of instruction and curriculum very high and both of our kids are thriving. We are into our second year and could not be more pleased!

  • (9 months ago)

    I like the small intimate nature of this school. The teachers truly care about the students' success and the academic standards are high. The elementary school is new last year and there have been a few kinks with working out the logistics but so far this year is much smoother than last year. Overall very few complaints and a very dedicated staff and teaching faculty.

  • (9 months ago)

    I have a first grader and my child loves this school. This school has great diversity. The teachers are great and really care about the kids. The Elementary school is in the 2nd year now it has had its ups and downs but thanks to the hard work and dedication of the fabulous teachers and great parent involvement my child has thrived. I expect that Kestrel will continue to get better and better and am so glad that my child has this opportunity to grow up in such a great learning environment.

  • (9 months ago)

    It is a school where students can excell at their own pace and in their own individual way!!

  • (10 months ago)

    We have enjoyed Kestrel thus far. The school is quite diverse and offers many options for our 5th grader to grow academically!

  • (10 months ago)

    This is a terrific school! To be honest the only difference between KHS and a private school is that they do not collect tuition. We are starting our second year and have had an amazing experience.

  • (10 months ago)

    kestrel heights middle school really good school. Very nice teachers and classes Also the parent to teacher communication is amazing. Keep it up kestrel

  • (1 year ago)

    Three of three children have attended middle school here and we could not be more pleased. Highly recommend. If the elementary school had been around when they were younger they would have attended there as well. When they completed Kestrel Middle School they were more than ready for high school.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is great I have a sixth and eighth grader and one that graduated last year the middle school and the High school both are great and you won't find any better in durham.

  • (2 years ago)

    We love this school. The academics teachers and family feel makes this school top notched. We have never experienced a school where everyone has every child's best interest at heart. This school is by far the best thing to happen to the Triangle area. Totally recommend this school to those who are looking for a school that will put your child first.

  • (3 years ago)

    Great School! Best middle school in Durham! They do more for kids with less money then the traditional schools.

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