School Details

Cedar Ridge High

1125 New Grady Brown School Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278
(919) 245-4000

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1059 students 15 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Orange County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Cedar Ridge High is a public high school in Hillsborough. The principal of Cedar Ridge High is Mr John Wheeler and can be contacted at 1,059 students go to Cedar Ridge High and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 28% of the 1,059 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Cedar Ridge High is 15:1. Orange High is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • 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
White, non-Hispanic 69% 64%
Multiracial 4% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1.0%
Black, non-Hispanic 13% 16%
Hispanic 13% 16%
Asian 1% 0.7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Pacific Islander 0.09% 0.04%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28% 42%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Cedar Ridge is a fantastic school. The education opportunities for the students include many honors courses AP courses IB program and Middle College. Great extra-curricular activities through many clubs and sports. The school has slightly more than 1000 students now but the facilities were designed to handle that. There are plans to construct another building in the next few years because the feeder area for the school continues to grow.

  • (2 years ago)

    My school is one that will help me thorough my life and career in this school(Cedar Ridge). I have come to learn that this place WILL take you places you want to reach.

  • (5 years ago)

    Having been a parent of 2 children that have attended this school I am pleased with the teaching and overall quality of their education. The administration is mediocre and they definitely ride the coat tails of the overall excellent quality of the staff who work there. The sports program is very good and now that the system has cleaned out some bad coaching apples the program is an excellent addition to the curriculum and high school experience.

  • (5 years ago)

    I believe the teachers are very caring and committed to the overall well being of the students. However we were quite disappointed in the first two years with the guidance department (subsequent years were greatly improved) the overall dismissive attitude of issues in regards to children with needs (i.e. 504 plans) resulting in students 'falling through the cracks' and the perhaps that has something to do with the higher rate of drop outs than the national average. Also disappointed with the lack of communication and lapses within the IB program. If an parent is not vigilant than this can happen more frequently ('droppiing through the cracks' and other issues). If a child is a strong learner/high achiever with no learning disabilities this school is great. The teachers really are exceptional.

  • (5 years ago)

    Dedication of teachers & staff especially the Media Coordinator Di Anna C. Kruse.

  • (5 years ago)

    I was fortunate to be a charter member of Cedar Ridge High School in 2002 and now in our eighth year I am proud of the gains we have made as a Professional Learning Community. Di Anna C. Kruse Media Specialist Cedar Ridge High School Hillsborough NC 27278

  • (8 years ago)

    As a parent of a CRHS junior I have always been very impressed by the level of commitment to the students' 'academic well being' from the faculty members at this school. Having a successful International Bacculareaute Program at CRHS has proved to be the best one of the two that are offered in the Durham & Orange County areas. There is a good variety of academic programs available for students of different socio-economic backgrounds to choose from. Along with that are varied sports programs which include (but is not limited to )lacrosse swimming tennis etc. The CRHS Band has won honors and awards with it's own band director honored in the NC Central District as band director of the year. The CRHS Choral Music Department is also multi-award winning. This success at CRHS is due to strong parental involvement highly qualified teachers and strong leadership from the administration. We are blessed!

  • (10 years ago)

    I have been very impressed with the level of concern and committment from the administrators office personel and the teachers. Although my child did experience one major issue with the guidance dept. making a very large mistake overall this school is caring creative and truly committed to young people's education and everyday that I ask my child what she did I feel lucky to have found this school. Thank you all at Cedar Ridge. It is quite obvious that you really care and this means everything to me and it should to all parents.

  • (10 years ago)

    Many of the teachers are exceptional; however unless your child is labeled an 'exceptional student' and is in the IBH program - they will not benefit. Thus the other teachers are often below average and do not stimulate the students to excel. The drop-out rate at Cedar Ridge High is higher than the national average.

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