Knightdale High

100 Bryan Chalk Lane, Knightdale, NC 27545
(919) 217-5350

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1656 students 16 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

Knightdale High is a public high school in Knightdale. The principal of Knightdale High is Ms Carla F Jernigan-Baker, whose e-mail is 1,656 students go to Knightdale High and identify primarily as Multiracial; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 56% of the 1,656 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Knightdale High is 16:1. East Wake School Of Health Sci 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

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 6% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 45% 24%
White, non-Hispanic 25% 49%
Hispanic 22% 15%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Asian 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.5% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 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 56% 35%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My child has attended KHS for 4 years and graduates in June. The biggest problem KHS has is the lack of parental involvement. No school can be successful without a partnership between parents teachers and administrators. There are 354 students in my daughter's senior class yet every parent meeting I go to there's only the same 15 parents. Very few know what's going on or even care. Students are given numerous opportunities to hand in work late make test corrections and get extra academic help. It is up the student to take it - which is challenging. The majority of students are highly unmotivated to do well but they can if they work hard. Unfortunately it has been a constant battle to get teachers to report grades in an accurate and timely fashion. The principal and counselors always side with the teacher when any problems are brought to their attention. There are very few electives offered in the arts. KHS dominates in sports holding many conference and state titles. Many students are multi-sport athletes. Staff encourages them to take Honors/AP classes but doesn't push them to get A's. This was the principal's and the athletic director's last year at KHS so expect a shakeup.

  • (1 year ago)

    Let me start by saying that I went to a private school from K-7 at North Raleigh Christian Academy. When our family could no longer afford the ridiculously expensive tuition I started going to public school and ended up at KHS. The rumors at NRCA about KHS made me very afraid of the gang activity and overall different atmosphere. I soon learned that there is very little to no gang activity at KHS whatsoever. I quickly made friends by joining the marching band and staying involved. Some of the teachers here are top-notch. You will have classes with people who are less motivated however all of the AP classes I took felt like true college prep courses. The lunch food is horrid however. All of the problems KHS has are mainly budget related and cannot be helped without legislative change. I rate my high school experience slightly above average. I graduate in the spring of 2014.

  • (1 year ago)

    We were at Knightdale a couple years and the situation was mixed. There were great teachers but a lot of the problems seemed to come from the principal and many great teachers left because of the lack of support from administration. There is a severe gang problem. I spoke with another parent who complained about her daughter getting shoved around by a boy and Jernigan's response was to gush about the boy. While some parents were very involved others didn't even know where their kids were if teachers called about attendance issues. I met some of the Administration and some were great (not the principal) but clearly there need to be some changes made at this school before I would recommend it.

  • (1 year ago)

    Honestly this school is a joke. I couldn't stand this school the teachers are all negative and bitter I had alot of medical problems and I couldn't have not one day without this one teacher to remind me of it everyday I had that same teacher get up in my face and yell at me. 90% of those teachers don't care about us learning anything. All they care about is. The money in their pocket come on knightdale get it together

  • (2 years ago)

    I liked that the we got to choose certain things. What I didnt like is the counselors because they didnt help much and the one that did is gone now. The teachers we ok I think they could have tried a little harder with not being favoritive of students. They do offer great things like interior design (even tho is heard its boring) they had theatre which I was in they also have choir and band and lots of other things we loved. Also our sports were well supported.

  • (3 years ago)

    I've been going to Knightdale for four years. I graduate in June. This school is not bad it's just sad. Most of the positive reviews come from students who graduated in '09. After that class the school has gone down hill. This school doesn't know how to run itself anymore. Every semester some new plan is put out that fail within weeks or end up hurting students. There are kids in Honors courses who do nothing but make the honor's students lives hard. The teachers aren't bad but most aren't good either. Most of the good teachers have been quick to bolt the moment they could because of all of the nonsense that goes on in the building. Personally I've seen the few fights and be around a good few verbal disputes. The problem isn't just administrative it's student populous as well. Most of the students don't want to learn therefore they spent the eight hours in the building keeping the rest of us from trying too. There's bullying name calling and nasty rumors but what school doesn't have that. Knightdale isn't bad but it needs work. Better courses stable plans and stronger teachers would do this school some great justice.

  • (3 years ago)

    It is very irritating to read comments from parents who believe KHS is such a bad school. The entire student body is not carrying around balled up fists and weapons in between classes. There are merely a handful of students that decide to become involved in activities seen as non-conducive to the educational environment but that is at every school no matter public private or charter. As far as the faculty and staff at the school I have worked very close with many of them and they are well if not over qualified for their positions. There are just like students a handful that may be seen as too harsh or not caring but there are plenty of opportunities for students that feel their teacher is not contributing to their success to get help or to talk to their counselor about possibilities to address the problems as well as other programs offered to help students and even parents succeed. It is the students that are not involved in anything at the school and their parents that always have something negative to say. If you send your student to Knightdale High they will graduate with all of the skills needed to become a productive member of society if they get involved.

  • (4 years ago)

    I'm currently a senior in High school I had to transfer out of Knightdale High because of all the gang activity that was going on. I went to Knightdale for 3 years and at first it was a good school but then it went downhill.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a great High School to go to then any other High Schools in the Triangle in Raleigh NC this School is located in Knightdale NC 27545

  • (4 years ago)

    Knightdale High School is an excellent opportunity for any kid going to high school. I am currently a sophomore and plan to graduate in 2013 and I don't see the reasons that parents are pointing out because it's the student's job to ask for AP classes not the school's.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am currently a first year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I graduated from Knightdale High School with the class of 2009 and I would not have it any other way. People can talk about the leadership and lack of emphasis on honors programs. But what it all comes down to is the motivation of the student. The teachers and administration are there and its your choice as a student to take advantage. I went to this '4 out of 10' rated school and I am proud of it because it got me where I am today. I am a Tarheel but I will always be a Knight.

  • (6 years ago)

    I love Knightdale to death. I graduated from there with the class of 2009 and I can honestly say I wouldn't been happier to from any other school. If your child has problems with the school work its because they didn't give it the time of day or didn't take it seriously. The principal cares about the students and the school's image. Student Services work hard to make sure students are prepared for college and so are the teachers. The teachers are there before and after school even during their own lunch to answer any questions you have and will help you. Our test scores may not be best around but we have all the talent at our school. We have the best actors singers dancers athlethes who rank top 10-15 in the nation motivationalspeakers artists models & musicians. This school is full of spirit. I'm proud to call myself a Knight.

  • (6 years ago)

    Lack of a variety of AP/Honors classes and an administration who doesn't place as much emphasis on college prep as is needed.

  • (6 years ago)

    Knightdale high school gives students the chance to be themselves. Kids there are offered many opportunities to do there best at everything. My daughter has all AP classes and she loves the challenges

  • (7 years ago)

    Knightdale HS is a good school I wouldn't say a great school but a good school. Hopefully things will turn around and it will become a great school. My son is an AP studen and is very bored with the work.

  • (7 years ago)

    Knightdale high school is the best school ever. Khs will help you to prepare far college and the real word. Khs teachers work hard to make sure the students are helped and on track. They have great sports clubs etc. They are the best!

  • (7 years ago)

    KHS has adequately prepared my son for college. Based on his AP exam scores he will not have to take some classes in college. He was accepted into college with no problem. I believe parents think the H.S. is responsible for working miracles. Discipline and respect for education begin at home when the child is 2-3 years old. People need to stop blaming the schools for their childs misbehavior and lack of desire to succeed. Disciplining raising a child and formulating their value system begins at home. Therefore giving the teachers a solid foundation to build upon. Try building a house on a weak foundation and see if the house stands. Parents need to step up take responsibility and quit making excuses. Say what you want about Knightdale High but I say it's a good school.

  • (7 years ago)

    Knightdale is a beutiful school but the academic standards are well below that of many schools in the area. No Child Left Behind has played a major impact on the way education is approached. Majority of classes are oreinted simply to ensure all students pass. There is very limited opportunities for students who excel and want to take more advanced courses. The pass rate on AP exams is very low due to students being permitted to take the classes even though they do not have the skills or motivation to complete the work. If you look at the High School Webpage you will clearly see the emphasis of the school - athletics. There is very little emphasis placed on national honor society and ey clubs organizations that promote community service. I would recommend placing your child in a different school if all possible.

  • (8 years ago)

    Knightdale High School is a great school but of course like every high school today has it's problems. The teachers are 100% comitted to each students sucess but at times some students make it hard for the teachers to stay completly focused. There are many no-cut teams to try out for at knightdlale. There are also many chorus and art clubs avaliable. The campus is beautiful and the principal is amazing!

  • (8 years ago)

    Knightdale High School may have behavior problem with the kids but some kids here are really committed and talented and it has some really great teachers and the most beautiful campus I've ever seen on any high school or college campus. It overall is a much better school than people give it credit for. I Love Knightdale High School!

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