School Details

Smithfield-Selma High

700 East Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield, NC 27577
(919) 934-5191

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1191 students 14 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
  • Johnston County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Smithfield-Selma High is a public high school in Smithfield. The principal of Smithfield-Selma High is Mr Michael Taylor, who can be contacted at 1,191 children attend Smithfield-Selma High and are mostly Multiracial; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 63% of the 1,191 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Smithfield-Selma High is 14:1. Johnston Co Middle College is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 4% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 33% 16%
Hispanic 32% 20%
White, non-Hispanic 30% 60%
Asian 0.9% 0.7%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.4% 0.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.6%
Pacific Islander 0.08% 0.07%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.07% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63% 45%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Smithfiled-Selma Highschool is very encouraging when it comes to my education. They provide all of my classmates and I the very best opportunites such as Honors AP and now the IB program courses. The IB program is a global diploma that is seen highly impressive to colleges. Although this school has much put down in the past this school is now at its turning point to fulfill its greatest potential.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter attends SSS and I am very pleased with her education. She takes honors classes is active in clubs and sports. Academically she is very challenged. Her teachers are all excellent and promptly reply to my emails when I have questions. I see Mr. Taylor the principal at most events. He is always available for questions. Folks in the office are always courteous and helpful. Our PTO keeps us informed about what's going on. She hasn't had any problems with other students and I think that our diverse student population is helpful in learning to navigate the world after graduation. Beginning in fall '14 SSS will have an IB programme. I highly recommend this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    SSS has a diverse population in many respects....economic the student's personal drive to succeed intellectual agility ethnic group and whether they have support (or not) at home....all of these things set the stage for the student experience. If your child wants to take challenging classes and apply themselves and if you support that effort there is ample opportunity for them to get a solid education. SSS students qualify for more scholarship money than any of the other county high schools. This is one of many good schools in Johnston County. I have two children attending SSS and I do not work for the school system.

  • (5 years ago)

    Our school is made up of a very diverse population which gives our student body faculty and staff members an opportunity to continually learn from one another. Our administration works extremely well together and truly has the best interest of our students as well as the faculty and staff members in mind as they carry our their daily duties. Our faculty members maintain a very high level of professionalism and work diligently to provide each student the opportunity to receive a top rated education in preparation for each student's success as a contributing member of the global society they will enter post high school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I attended this school and graduated which seems to happen rarely here. Some of the teachers actually did their jobs other couldn't care less. Discipline was a very big issue because the students themselves had none. The school has gotten better since I graduated which is very reassuring.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is horrible. I once attended this school with the gangs and lack of strive from staff and others left me in awe . Triple SSS is an evil to the community.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a Senior at Smithfield-Selma and have attended all four years. I love this school. The reputation we have acquired is completely false. Safety is certainly not a concern. I have walked through those halls a thousand times and can say with confidence that I haven't ever felt threatened or as if I was in immanent danger. The clubs and services provided are designed to meet the needs of the students and they achieve that goal yearly. I alone am in nearly 6 clubs.. all are different. The sports selection maybe be limited but has been a priority for quite a while and they are trying to strengthen that program. I love this school and wouldn't think twice before recommending it to ANY parent student or teacher. Facts are facts this school has been meeting requirements for years and the principal is fantastic. Give it a chance its not bad!

  • (7 years ago)

    Im a student at Triple S and I love it. We've got a bit of a reputation among the other local schools but I think it just boils down to High School rivalries.

  • (7 years ago)

    I was skeptical at first about my daughter attending SSS but I have been pleased with the school thus far. They have plenty of extracurrilar activities for the students and plenty of educational courses is provided.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have two children who are students at SSS. I have been very pleased with the quality of teachers and the principal. However the curriculum is limited when compared to other schools in the western part of Johnston County. The emphasis on placing resources in more affluent areas to the west appears to be politically motivated by the County Commissioners.

  • (8 years ago)

    My concern with this school is the teachers (or lack of). You try to stay on top of what's going on with your child and you reach out and ask for help (like the teacher e-mailing you back or returning your calls) and they don't. Oh but let the child breaths wrong and they are on the phone calling telling you they are in trouble. Seems to me they have their priorities out of line.

  • (8 years ago)

    Safety is my main concern. The teachers let the kids 'run wild'. Children that want to learn CAN NOT because of the interruptions that occur.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is completely inadequate I really do not where to begin. There is no continuity from year-to-year. Safety is a concern to all of us with kids here.

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter did her Drivers Education course at SSS. The things She experianced in those hours were scary. Classmates using a lighter on the back of the chair in front of him Talking over the teacher coming and going as they pleased. The environment was not conducive to learning. The boy with the lighter was back in class every day despite my daughters quietly letting the teacher know after class what he was doing... it was a scary unsafe classroom setting with little or no discipline.

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