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Avery County High School



AdvancED SACS accredited

ABC’s of Public Education
School of Distinction 2009-2010

Top Ten Highest Graduation Rate

DPI Certificate of Achievement
98.2 % Graduation Rate 2013-2014

DPI Certificate of  Achievement
96.9% Graduation Rate 2014-2015

DPI 100% Graduation Club
ACHS STEM Academy 2014-2015

DPI Certificate of Achievement
97.3% Graduation Rate 2015-2016

DPI 100% Graduation Club
ACHS STEM Academy 2015-2016

Honor Unit with Distinction - Avery JROTC
Department of the Army 2016-2017

DPI Academic Growth Award
ACHS STEM Academy 2016-2017

DPI Academic Growth Award
Avery Viking Academy 2016-2017

DPI Academic Growth Award
Avery County High 2016-2017

DPI 100% Graduation Club
Avery High STEM Academy 2016-2017

DPI Certificate of Achievement
97.4% Graduation Rate 2016-2017

DPI Certificate of Achievement
95% Graduation Rate 2017-2018

2019 - Top 40% ranked school according to US News and World Report, and a top 20% ranked school according to GreatSchools.org.

About Us

Avery County High School, home of the Vikings, is located 10 minutes west of Grandfather Mountain, near Newland, North Carolina, the Avery County seat. Our school colors are black and red, and we are home to approximately 600 students in grades 9 through 12. We are 12 miles from Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, and 19 miles from Appalachian State University.

Avery County is the newest of North Carolina's 100 counties, and is known as the "High Country" for its mountainous terrain. As a result, Avery County is a popular tourist destination for folks who love being outdoors. In short, Avery County offers rural values and hospitality alongside majestic attractions including the Appalachian Mountains, Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forest, Linville Caverns, Linville Gorge, and Grandfather Mountain.

Avery County High School opened in 1968. We are a 1A high school. We have a 1 to 1 computer initiative (laptops for all students and staff since 2011), a school-wide wireless network, STEM and Freshman Academies, as well as extensive collaboration with Mayland Community College.

Principal: Phillip Little


Course Levels and Types:

* Standard
* Honors
* Dual Enrollment
* Advanced Placement (AP)
* Career and Technical Education
* Project Lead the Way

Dual Enrollment, 2007 - Present
* 31 course offerings

Project Lead the Way, 2013 - Present
* Principles of Engineering
* Introduction to Engineering Design
* Computer Integrated Manufacturing
* Principals of Biomedical Science
* Human Body Systems
* Medical Interventions
* Biomedical Innovations

Advanced Placement, 2013 - Present
* US History
* World History
* Environmental Science
* Computer Science
* Physics I
* other online AP courses are available

Extracurricular Activities:
* Athletics: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Softball, Soccer, Swimming, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

* Clubs and Organizations: Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), Future Farmers of America (FFA), Art Club, Student Government Association (SGA), Drama Club, Culinary Club, JROTC, Key Club, Link Crew, Sheriff Explorers, Spanish Club, Technology Student Association, Interact, Coding Club, Ski Club, Student Athletes for Sports Integrity (SASI), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), United in Christ, P7 Bible Study, BETA Club, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society