East Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, NC - Niche

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East Chapel Hill High School is a public school in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It has 1,479 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 71% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 126 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

500 Weaver Dairy Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 969-2482

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3.8 from 126 reviews
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    • Parent
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Teachers are in general very good and caring; facilities are very good; support from counselors is very good, including access to Naviance, job and college searches, community service opportunities, etc.
    • High School Junior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: East is honestly a very good school, especially academically. Most students are very driven and want to be successful, and East encourages this. However, this leads to the biggest problem with the school, which is the extremely stressful and competitive environment. It's great that East offers so many advanced classes, yet kids overload themselves trying to take as many as possible. The only warning against this is a signature agreeing that you understand the course load on the registration sheet if you sign up for a certain amount of honors and AP's. The school doesn't very much discourage students taking on so many hard classes, and the teachers are fine sometimes giving hours of homework. The kids here become so immersed in school work, and think it's fine to do so, completing ignoring the need to "get out"- have a life outside of school, be social, etc. This focus on academics also causes disregard for many of the extracurricular clubs, and consequently many clubs don't actually "do" anything. Overall, there's so much stress on intelligence and academics, and pressure to do well, that it's toxic rather than encouraging.

    Though it is important to know that East besides that is really a good school -there are great teachers, the administration generally tries to help and accommodate students, and there are tons of classes offered.
    • Niche User
    • 5
    Overall Experience: This was by far the best school that I have ever attended and would most definitely recommend that if people are planning on moving to NC that they move within East's node. The arts arts are great to be a part of and most people care about a lot of different things going on at school
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Administration & Policies: East takes things such as bullying and misbehaviour very seriously and punishments are dealt out accordingly. One think that I thought was important was that the teachers attempted to deal with the students instead of automatically sending them to the office. The administration is very helpful and while the dress code exists, teachers are very relaxed about it.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Sports & Fitness: People are really into sports at East and even if the teams don't win students still care. The dedication runs so deep that there is a club dedicated to showing school/sport spirit.

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
4.00 Chapel Hill High School 3 mi. 1,360
3.00 Jordan High School 4 mi. 1,718
4.00 Carrboro High School 6 mi. 926
1.66 Hillside High School 7 mi. 1,316
4.00 Durham School of the Arts 7 mi. 1,554

Around East Chapel Hill High School

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Male 52%
Female 47%

Student Diversity

East Chapel Hill High School United States Carrboro High School Chapel Hill High School Durham School of the Arts Hillside High School Jordan High School
White 49.0% 51.0% 55.0% 53.0% 33.0% 2.0% 34.0%
Asian 19.0% 4.8% 9.0% 11.0% 4.0% 0% 5.0%
Hispanic 11.0% 25.0% 14.0% 13.0% 18.0% 11.0% 18.0%
African American 11.0% 15.0% 10.0% 10.0% 39.0% 83.0% 37.0%
Multiracial 7.0% 2.8% 9.0% 10.0% 4.0% 2.0% 3.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 27.2%
Grade 10 25.3%
Grade 11 25.4%
Grade 12 22.0%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 13 responses

  • 69% Yes
  • 15% Not sure.
  • 15% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 10 responses

  • 50% A diverse crowd
  • 28% Academically intense classes
  • 11% Involved teachers
  • 6% Given a lot of freedom
  • 6% A diverse, healthy lunch

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 11 responses

  • 38% Extremely stressful environment
  • 19% The Bathrooms
  • 12% Over-competitive environment
  • 12% The prevalent drug scene
  • 6% Strict teachers.
  • 6% Bureaucratic administration
  • 6% Excessive work

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 12 responses

  • 42% Very academically advanced and competitive
  • 25% Many teachers refer to East as a campus
  • 17% Everyone is very stressed out
  • 17% You are given a lot of freedom

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 11 responses

  • 64% Academically focused
  • 36% Enormous, diverse, and accepting

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 12 responses

  • 42% Try not to get too stressed out
  • 25% The culturally diverse crowd will accept you
  • 17% Immerse yourself in clubs that you love
  • 8% Don't fall behind your freshman year

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 11 responses

  • 0% I love everything about this school.
  • 73% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 27% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.