#440 High School in NC and #27 in Guilford County

Ben L. Smith High School

2407 South Holden Road, Greensboro, NC 27407

How Good is Ben L. Smith High School?

Report Card

D Academic Results
B- Learning Enviroment
C- School Safety
C- Overall Grade

Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, Ben L. Smith High School, is a Guilford County school. Serving grades 9-12, the school has 1283 students and a student–teacher ratio of 14 students per teacher.

This school received an overall grade of C-. Compared to other state schools Ben L. Smith High School scores are slightly below average. Of high schools, Ben L. Smith High School ranks 440 in the state and 27 for its county.

To calculate school grades, The School Review uses data collected by the U.S. Department of Education. We take this information and compare dozens of data points to assign every school a grade for academics, safety and learning environment. An overall grade is then calculated based on a weighted combination of those scores. Our methodology page has details on our grading system.

Academics

Standardized test scores and SAT participation, among other factors, are used to determine the academic grade for a high school. For academics, Ben L. Smith High School performs below average when compared to other high schools in North Carolina and received the grade of D for this measure.

Source: NC Standardized Tests
Academics Grade D
Test Performance Poor
AP/IB Participation Fair
SAT/ACT Participation Fair

Learning Enviroment

We use factors such as chronic absenteeism, teacher experience, teacher certifications and others to evaluate the learning environment of a school. Ben L. Smith High School performs average compared to other North Carolina high schools for learning environment. The school's grade for this metric is B-.

Students : Teacher
14
NC Avg. 17
Uncertified Teachers
2%
NC Avg. 2%
New Teachers
4%
NC Avg. 8%
Learning Enviroment Grade B-
Student–Teacher Ratio Very Good
Student Absenteeism Poor
Teacher Absenteeism Fair
Teacher Certifications Excellent
Teacher Experience Excellent

Safety

Factors such as suspension rate and number of physical altercations at a school are used to determine our safety grade. For safety, Ben L. Smith High School performs slightly below average when compared to other high schools in North Carolina and received the grade of C- for this measure.

Safety Grade C-
In-School Suspensions Good
Out-of-School Suspensions Poor
Physical Altercations Poor

Demographics

The demographics of the student body at Ben L. Smith High School are summarized below. A school’s demographics are not used when determining its score.

Students w/ Disablities
19%
NC Avg. 11%
Free Lunch
96%
NC Avg. 44%
Econ. Disadvantaged
96%
NC Avg. 49%
% Race/Ethnicity
% Male/Female
Total Enrollment 1,283
Minority Students 1,237
Diversity Index 45
Students with Disablities 242
Economically Disadvantaged 96%
Limited English Proficiency 11%
Gifted Students 7%

Compare Nearby Schools

In the table below, schools nearby to Ben L. Smith High School are listed. The table includes The School Review’s grade for these schools. All Greensboro schools can be viewed on the Greensboro, North Carolina schools listing page.

School Overall Grade Academic Results Learning Enviroment School Safety
1 Academy at Smith A A A- N/A
2 Triad Math and Science Academy B C+ B B-
3 Uncg Early/Middle College A A A+ A+
4 Gc Middle College High School N/A N/A B- A
5 Philip J Weaver Ed Center A+ A+ A A-

Ben L. Smith High School - Quick FAQ

At the time we collected data, these were the answers to common questions about the school.

  • How many students attend Ben L. Smith High School? 1283
  • How good of a school is Ben L. Smith High School? The school received an overall grade of C-, which means it is slightly below average when compared to similar schools within the state.
  • What school county is Ben L. Smith High School in? The school is located in Guilford County.
  • How can I contact Ben L. Smith High School? The school's number is (336) 294-7300. You can visit their website at http://smith.gcsnc.com/pages/Smith_High.
  • Where is Ben L. Smith High School? 2407 South Holden Road, Greensboro, North Carolina 27407

How we rate schools?

We rank high schools across three criteria: Academics, Learning Environment, and Safety. We assess Academics using statewide standardized test scores, by comparing each school’s test performance across subjects and years to the distribution of high schools on the same tests in the state. We also assess a school’s Academics using indicators of college readiness and likelihood of future college enrollment. These measures include the percent of students enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate course and the percent of students taking the SAT or ACT. Next, we evaluate a school’s Learning Environment by combining various classroom indicators, such as the ratio of teachers to students and the percent of teachers who are novice, uncertified, and chronically absent. Finally, we measure Safety from the percent of students receiving in-school and out-of-school suspensions and the reported incidents of physical altercations per 100 students. While we recognize any ranking metric is inherently subjective, we believe our grades can serve as a valuable resource to help students and parents compare neighborhood schools and find the best school to fit their desired educational needs.

Nearby Schools
Academy at Smith
2225 South Holden Road Greensboro, NC 27407
Triad Math and Science Academy
700 Creek Ridge Rd Greensboro, NC 27406
Uncg Early/Middle College
1408 Walker Avenue Greensboro, NC 27412
Gc Middle College High School
815 West Market Street Greensboro, NC 27401
Philip J Weaver Ed Center
300 South Spring Street Greensboro, NC 27401