Reynolds High

301 Hawthorne Road North, Winston-Salem, NC 27104
(336) 727-2061

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1679 students 17 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
  • Forsyth County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Reynolds High is a public high school in Winston-Salem. The principal of Reynolds High is Mr Patrick Olsen, whose e-mail is 1,679 children attend Reynolds High and identify as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 47% of the 1,679 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Reynolds High is 17:1. Kingswood School 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

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 5% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 41% 43%
Asian 4% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 34% 29%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Hispanic 16% 22%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3% 0.2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2%
Pacific Islander 0.06% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 47% 57%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I see that my previous detailed review was removed from GreatSchools unfortunately. In short if you have a handicapped student do not send them here! The campus is not accessible nor safe! Most of the honors classes are poorly controlled and very disruptive. I pulled both my kids out of school early in the 2013-14 school year for these reasons.

  • (1 year ago)

    Reynolds HS is a HS of excellence... I have two students there and I work for the EC Division. I have seen my girls grown beyond measure at Reynolds. The school is amazing and the teachers truly care about your child. The arts program at Reynolds is also quite amazing. There are problems at all schools and there will always be something that one or another does not like but tour the school and see for yourself all the amazing opportunities that it has to offer your child. There will always be critics and naysayers but the truth speaks for its self when you see the caliber of students who come out of the school and the many famous people that have went to the school.

  • (1 year ago)

    My children both went to RJR and their experiences were stellar. That has been quite a few years and now that my grandson is a rising 9th grader we looked at options and decided that RJR is still the best option. Great teachers diverse student body and professional staff/administration.

  • (2 years ago)

    I love reynolds! The arts program is amazing and you can learn so much and be yourself!

  • (2 years ago)

    REYNOLDS IS THE AWESOME! Everyone is so nice there and the arts program is spectacular. I have opportunities at Reynolds that you don't have anywhere else! I love piano music and drama and I can get honors credit for doing those things at Reynolds!

  • (4 years ago)

    I went to RJR from freshman year to Junior year and I was so sure I was going to go for my Senior year but things happen . I would give everything to finish highschool there . It is one of the best schools in NC . It's very diverse and offers so many different classes and clubs and extracurricular activities. The teachers here are great. The learning experience is wonderful as long as you apply yourself. however that's in any situation . This school has had a positive impact on my life. Reynolds Pride .

  • (4 years ago)

    I went there and was told by the department chairmen at Duke that it was one off the best schools in the country.

  • (4 years ago)

    The leadership of the principal and his staff is excellent. The diversity of the school reflects the community. The support of the PTSA is superior.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love that Reynolds is able to meet the needs of the diverse student body. It has great mojo and works to have something for everyone to get involved in school.

  • (5 years ago)

    As a former staff member at Reynolds High School I can say it's one of the best high schools I've ever seen. It isn't perfect but the positives far outweigh the negatives. The faculty is excellent academically and all teachers go the extra mile to help students who want help. The administrators are involved with the students and faculty to a great degree. The students are generally polite friendly and involved in the school and community. The growth I saw in students from 9th to 12 grades was phenomenal. The best part of Reynolds is the diversity of activities that provide students with multiple opportunities to excel in their own way -- artistically athletically academically and socially. Many former students return to let faculty members know that the rigor of academics at Reynolds has made college easy. That is the best testamonial anyone can give to his/her high school

  • (6 years ago)

    Reynolds High School is the best! I graduated in 2008 and currently attend UNC-CH. It was the best experience one could ask for in High School. Most all of the teachers genuinely care about their students and their well being. Reynolds is diverse and offers a place for any kind of student. Great athletics arts and academics... Reynolds really is on top. I have attended a private elementary school a private boarding school in 9th grade and Reynolds from 10-12th and Reynolds was by far my favorite. There are so many chances to get involved with different groups. I don't know any other high school where the principal knows you by name and speaks to you during class changes. I created strong relationships with my peers teachers administrators and my guidance counselor while at RJR and I wouldn't trade my experience for anything.

  • (6 years ago)

    Most of the teachers are good people and there are many many different types of people. The hallways and stairways get very crowded and sometimes clogged and we need a creative writing class but the campus is aesthtically pleasing and sometimes kids play accoustic guitar during lunch ^_^ That's a lot of fun.

  • (6 years ago)

    RJR is an amazing school. Everyone can find their place within the school and due to the fact that RJR is very diverse no one gets left out. With the new arts program students who are serious about their art can have an intense focus directly on their art while students less interested in the arts can continue with the 'normal' classes. The classes at RJR are small compared to most WS/FCS schools. There are tons of sports and clubs that welcome all students and the school has a general close knit feeling to it. No major cliches. RJR has an outstanding theater arts program and students have a chance to work in the amazing theater every day. Teachers are close to their students and make every effort to keep in contact with the parents. They are also very involved with student activities and keep the parents involved also.

  • (7 years ago)

    What makes RJR and other schools in Forsyth exceptional is the opportunity for kids to go to the Career Center during 11th-12th grades. They can get away from the more distracting or unruly elements in the student body and get to a place where you can learn with other bright people. Teachers at the Career Center are fantastic and less worn-down because they can focus on being a teacher not a disciplinarian. Being in class you can learn and posit intellectual ideas without feeling like a show-off. Teachers don't have to hassle you about chewing gum wearing a hat or leaning back in your chair. Take absolutely as many APs as you can. I took 6 my senior year and I learned more than a year at a great college. I hope this is helpful

  • (9 years ago)

    I graduated reynolds in 04 and i cannot say that at any time in those four years did i feel that i wasnt receiving the best education in Winston Salem. there are heaps of extracurricular activities to choose from. our music department was thriving when i left and is doing better and better each year since. the teachers are all top-notch and though there are some i didnt like; i can only recall a few that i felt weren't decent teachers. Reynolds is a great school for any student. if your son or daughter attends reynolds and cant meet people and enjoy the school within days; then the school is not the problem... reynolds is the finest oldest and most prestigious school in winston salem. there is no reason anyone couldnt have a wonderful HS experience at R.J. Reynolds High School.

  • (10 years ago)

    Excellent beautiful old school; the tradition continues with the new principal. (Previous poster is accurate re geometry teacher and former principal's lack of response!) The only school in town that has the combination of student diversity - economic and racial - and stellar academics.

  • (10 years ago)

    Our child spent one year at RJR. We have mixed emotions about the school as there were a few bright stars. The two bright stars were the honors biology teacher and the seminar english teacher - wonderful! The downers --An honors geometry teacher that played games on her computer during class-- a principle that wouldn't listen and said that he had never heard about this problem! Keep looking!

  • (12 years ago)

    Great school....every kid has a niche they can discover at this school. So many opportunities to tailor learning to the interest and skill of the child

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