Graduation Rate and Scholarships
  • 2018 Cohort Graduation Rate: 90.6%
  • Over $5.6 million scholarships awarded to seniors at Hickory High and Hickory Career & Arts Magnet
HPS Mission

The mission of the Hickory Public Schools is to develop within each learner the skills to be a responsible citizen and have a lifelong love of learning.

By connecting with and engaging each member of the learning community, Hickory Public Schools will ensure a high quality education for all students preparing them to become responsible, productive citizens

  • Superior ratings in Foard Band Classic, Southeastern Classic and Foothills Invitational
  • First place music & percussion in Foard Band Classic, Southeastern Classic and Foothills Invitational
  • Band of the Day in Southeastern Classic & Foothills Invitational
  • Extensive Advanced Placement & Honor Level Course Offerings
  • 5-Star Licensed Preschool Programs
  • Digital Learning (1-1 digital conversion in grades 6-12)
  • Dual-Language Immersion Program at Southwest Primary and Viewmont Elementary
  • Award winning Career & Technical Education Program
  • Army JROTC at Hickory High
  • HCAM A+ Art School
  • Northview Middle designated as a National Schools To Watch by National Forum for Middle Grades Reform
  • Longview Elementary identified as a Beta School of Merit
  • Jenkins Elementary identified as a North Carolina School To Watch in partnership with NCSBA and ReContext Data Solutions
School Options and Student Diversity
School Options

1 primary school, 4 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 1 high school and 1 magnet school

Student Diversity

41.49% White; 24.68% Hispanic; 20.95% Black; 8.52% Two or More Races; 4.21% Asian; 0.12% American Indian or Alaska Native; 0.02% Pacific Islander

  • 2015 Hickory High Women’s Basketball 3A State Champions
  • 2017 Men’s Soccer Conference Champions
  • Hickory High awarded Conference Wachovia Cup for three straight years signifying the top sports program in the conference
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