Hickory High School
Hickory High School offers a wide-range of Academic, Art and Athletic opportunities. These programs offer multiple opportunities for the diverse population that attends Hickory High School. These opportunities constitute the AAA Recognition of Excellence program.
Hickory High School houses 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. These grades equal approximately 875 students. The approximately 80 professional staff members are dedicated, diverse, accommodating and willing to help in the academic as well as social arenas. The entire professional staff is considered Highly Qualified according to NCLB and PDE regulations. The professional staff has earned bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in secondary education, administration, specialty areas and guidance.
Academics & Curriculum
85 % of seniors attend four-year colleges. 8 % of seniors choose two-year colleges.
The Class of 2013 has left a positive legacy with over 2 million dollars in scholarship money being awarded to them. This feat demonstrates their dedication and commitment to Academics, the Arts, and Athletics at HHS.
Act Composite Score: 22.0 SAT: 508 Critical Reading 525 Math 478 Writing
The HHS Program of Studies booklet (available online) is used to guide students through their high school careers. It is designed to prepare students for their next step. The core classes of English, science, math and social studies offer different levels of academic rigor. General, academic, advanced and Advanced Placement (AP) classes are available for all students to explore and challenge their academic limits.
The Jones Library at HHS has recently updated our Jones Cyber Distance Learning room. Distance learning options are available within your various classroom settings.
Four years of Spanish and French world language, with accelerated options, available.
A variety of electives in technology, industrial arts and science are offered each year and we are constantly striving to add more opportunities for all students.
The HSD is proud to host our annual Career Week each February. At HHS this week highlights a variety of post-secondary options, military careers and interview procedures. An alumni panel constitutes a very important question and answer session with all sophomores.
HHS has also begun a new tradition with our affiliation with Business Week and the ACES Program. The Americans for Competitive Enterprise System has entered into a venture providing high quality, business education experiences through a week-long Business Week Program each fall.
The Hermitage School District and Hickory High School offers a QUEST program designed to meet the needs of the gifted and talented.
Specifically designed instruction for students with learning difficulties, emotional and behavioral difficulties, vision, language and speech concerns are available as well.
Programs designed to aide students in the preparation for PSSA exams are also available. These involve specific interventions that cover eligible content in either, reading, math or both.
HHS AP scores have risen steadily and now exceed state and global averages! We are proud to report that 72.3 % of all AP students scored a 3, 4, or 5 on their exam. In addition, HHS now offers 10 AP courses in a variety of core academic areas.
Dual Enrollment opportunities, through local colleges and universities exist for qualifying seniors.
Hickory High School offers the full complement of Mercer County Career Center options. HHS students may attend the career center to acquire specific vocational, work-related and college preparatory skills.
A full explanation of credits, available classes, dual enrollment procedures, AP courses, freshman – senior requirements and Mercer County Career Center programs are available in the course of study booklet found on the Hermitage School District website.
In addition, the school counselors offer a wide-range of services from career prep, college scholarships, social counseling and peer support. Please visit the guidance section of the HSD website.
HHS has four computer labs, a Chromebook cart, an iPad cart, Interactive Whiteboards, ceiling-mounted projectors and a full-time teachnology integration coach. The Jones Library also contains a distance learning center and 35 computers that students, teachers and staff-members can access for a variety of research based activities, presentations and conferences.
All parents/guardians can access their son/daughter’s grades through eSchoolbook. This is an online program that uses secure passwords to access all academic information for each student in every class.
Basic computer classes as well as programming and advanced programming classes are available for every student.
In 2013-2014 HHS also recognizes the growing nature of technology. Please visit the HSD website or any school to receive a copy of the new Mobile Device Policy.
At Hickory High School …
Students are provided the opportunity to express themselves appropriately and interact with the faculty and administration. A strong peer-mediation program that assists students to resolve their conflicts peacefully is active and well. An ambassador program that shows student leaders how to positively influence their peers is in development. This program is also part of a larger SPOT (Speaking Passionately on Topic) in which students are randomly selected to meet and discuss issues, concerns and improvements at HHS through their perspective. Many students have been positively served by the SPOT Program.
A Student Assistance Program (SAP) works in conjunction with the Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission to identify, provide support and assist students in need. Teachers volunteer their time to meet twice a month and discuss referrals of students experiencing a variety of concerns identified by caring and trusted staff members.
A Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meets with the administration three times a year to hear changes to HHS, address concerns and communicate the rationale behind educational decisions.
At Hickory, EXCELLENCE is the expectation. We are very proud of our students’ academic accomplishments, artistic endeavors and athletic achievements. We are proud of our facilities and community support for our school. We strive for constant improvement, a dedication to high-achievement and the building of positive relationships between our students and staff. We stress the need for all students to become well-rounded individuals and stress the importance of how you represent yourself, your family, your school and your community. Hickory High School is proud of its traditions, its past and we are excited about the future…the HIVE is alive with activity and promise!
Mr. W. Chris Gill
Mrs. Diane Brest