School Details

Pender High School

5380 North Carolina 53, Burgaw, NC 28425
(910) 259-0162

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK, 9-12 592 students 14 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade


End of Class Tests (EOC)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English I, 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 2013
  • Pender County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Pender High School is a public high school. The principal of Pender High School is Mr Craig Baker, who can be contacted at 592 students attend Pender High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 77% of the 592 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Pender High School is 14:1. Pender Early College High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 50% 68%
Black, non-Hispanic 36% 17%
Multiracial 2% 3%
Hispanic 11% 11%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1.0% 0.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.3%
Asian 0.3% 0.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.4%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77% 61%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I went to Pender High For most of my freshman year it was a good school And the best assistant principal is Mr.Lafon this was a good school just some of the staff and students were not so good sometimes

  • (3 years ago)

    Pender High School is a joke. The principal is a weak coward who stays in his office all day long and allow the Ghetto Bully's and Project Pimps run the school and the buses. This was a really great school back in the day. Now it is a shameful monument for Pender County.

  • (3 years ago)

    We recently moved to this rural community. I'm afraid I am highly disappointed with the academia at Pender High. Just a quick review of their website will reveal numerous grammatical and spelling errors which is highly concerning. I am especially concerned with spelling errors on an English teachers' page. I am entrusting the personnel is qualified to teach my child; however it would seem they do not possess the basic skills to do so. Additionally my child complained of noisy classroom environments in which the children are allowed to move about freely visiting one another. Upon addressing this concern to the teacher they admitted their classroom was very noisy and suggested my child bring their iPod to school to block out the noise in the classroom. I felt this was a clear inability to effectively manage a classroom. The staff members have consistently showed up late to teacher/parent conferences without a phone call or apology. Changes are made to school and bus schedules without parent notification which is another example of the lack of organization. I fault the prinicial as their is not a quality control system in place nor is there appropriate teacher oversight.

  • (3 years ago)

    Pender is a wonderful school. My child came from another state where there were gang fightings drugs and the police coming in pepper spraying the students. The school stayed on lockdown and tried to cover up the riots. The only way the parents found out was though students recorded them. Pender is a good school.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is a bad influence but not the teachers the students the students get away with cussing manipulatimg fighting and on top of that they put chewing tobacco in their mouths...during school.

  • (3 years ago)

    I came from a charter school and Pender High is the first public school I've ever been to. I have found Pender to be a wonderful school with great teachers and faculty. I'm pleased with my experience at Pender High and I am thoroughly glad I decided to attend.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a former student of Pender High. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. It is truly a good school. My only criticism is the lack of clubs their are here compared to my new school.

  • (7 years ago)

    Although we are an older school I find that our faculty officials do attempt to incorporate facilities that simply their students learning capabilies and for that I'm grateful.

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