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About This School

Terry Sanford High is a public high school in Fayetteville. The principal of Terry Sanford High is Mr David Haggerty, whose e-mail is davidhaggerty@ccs.k12.nc.us. 1,268 children attend Terry Sanford High and identify as Hispanic, Multiracial, and Asian/Pacific Islander. 40% of the 1,268 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Terry Sanford High is 17:1. Cornerstone Christian Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Spanish
  • Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 11%
Multiracial 6% 7%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 2%
Asian 5% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 43% 33%
Black, non-Hispanic 36% 45%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 2%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 40% 60%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    Terry Sanford is one of the better High Schools in Cumberland County. Lots of academic competition and the colleges know it has a solid curriculum. Current principle has pulled school together nicely.

  • (1 year ago)

    I attended FTS my sophomore year and at the beginning of my junior year. I definitely agree with previous posts that state that kids should watch what they bring to school and behave. The principal who was at FTS during my time had no clue what she was doing. Things got so out of hand. Students constantly engaged in altercations with other students/teachers. At the beginning of my junior year the school got so bad that she quit. Great programs but the school is a MESS and I am glad to be at one of the better county schools.

  • (1 year ago)

    Both of my children are new students this year...one in 11th grade and one in 9th grade. There were some transition issues with moving between schools from another state with different requirements. The grading system at FTS is different (requires higher numberical score for letter grades). Both students are in global studies which seems to be an excellent program. The leadership at the school appears to be good. Time will tell about the overall quality of the education that they are receiving

  • (2 years ago)

    I have made the worst decision by going to this highschool it is the worst the teacher dont care(some of them)the students do whatever they want they curse back at teacher.This school is out off control i would never recomend this school o anyone

  • (2 years ago)

    good school . there organization is a little off but other then that . good high school (

  • (3 years ago)

    This is a great school. It is under new administration and things are looking up. The college prep is great. It meets the needs of all students. Great Ex. Curr. activities also. This is an A+ school. Very diverse school with excellent teachers.

  • (4 years ago)

    I would recommend this school for anyone and its a plus for students interested in the global studies program its amazing. It really prepared me for college. The teachers were great! I could always count on them for support! I miss this school already!

  • (4 years ago)

    My son has started his 1st school year here at Terry Sanford High School. So far the teachers have been great with helping him with his struggles. He loves the extra curricular activitys and I love that he is being active in the things he injoys with the many choices. I'm overal happy with my desition in sending him here!

  • (4 years ago)

    Excellent school the global studies program does a great job preparing students for college

  • (4 years ago)

    My entire family went there and now our daughter goes there. It is an excelent school

  • (4 years ago)

    The principal is rude and i dont like the faculty

  • (5 years ago)

    A great school in history but not now. SAT dropped 86 since 2006.

  • (5 years ago)

    Terry Sanford overall is a great school with a wonderful selection of academic options but has a growing problem with the staff and adminstration which has made it unsatisfactory. The principal at the current time has no idea what she is doing.

  • (6 years ago)

    terry sanford is a great school in education by means dont get me wrong but somebody needs to do something about what students bring to school.

  • (7 years ago)

    I'm an alumnus of FTS. Overall I think the school is great for academics and extracurricular activities there are some social issues that need to be addressed.

  • (8 years ago)

    I'm a 10th grader here at Terry Sanford I like the school and all but the rules are to strict.... they don't take the time to listen to you. If they took the time to listen to student and get their view they would know.

  • (8 years ago)

    I'm a junior at Terry Sanford High School and although it has its high point such as the aggressive class loads made available and the involvement of some teachers in the students lives there are also many low points. While I do not agree that the school is segregated I will say that there are many racial divisions. All in all the school is okay but its a shame that there are students who may be passed over for punishment because they have favor in the eyes of administrators whether it be for the fact that they are friends or family of the administration or their economic status in the community.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think that Terry Sandford is an excellent school that excells in both academics and athletics. Terry Sandford has some of the highest test scores in the state. Many parents wish that their child could attend the school. The school does have 'Global Studies' which is an excellent program. I would highly recomend that any student go to Terry Sandford. Note To say that the principle of Terry Sandford is segragative is a ridiculous comment and I am amazed that someone would say something like that about a principle who has really turned Terry Sandford into a better school.

  • (9 years ago)

    I'm a rising sophomore at Terry Sanford and I love it! My brother granduated from FTS in 2001 and I couldn't wait to follow the tradition. There are so many fantastic people here it takes no time at all to find friends and people to hang around with. The teachers here are the best. Last year was the first year in three years where I didn't have to have a math tutor. My final grade for geometry was a 98. All of my other teachers also really cared about me and how I was doing it was great. The sports at FTS are great. The only complaint I had was that they didn't pay enough attention to swimming. The lcubs at FTs are also great. There are so many to choose from. I can't wait to go back to school!

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is absolutely without a doubt the best school in Cumberland County. They have excellent teachers such as Johnathen Lambert that make the education process enjoyable for my daughter. The principle is a sincire caring and intelligent man. I also believe that the sports programs are supported greatly by the parents and staff. Yet the important thing that most schools seem to take for granted is academics over athletics. At Terry Sanford that is still a prority and enforced.

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