David W. Butler High School is located on 74 acres in Matthews, a community east of Charlotte which is a
major metropolitan city located in central North Carolina.
David W. Butler is a community-based high school that is a part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. Operating since 1997, our school was named in honor of David Watkins Butler, an outstanding teacher
who perished in a house fire while saving the lives of his family. In 2010, David W. Butler High School
was recognized as an Honor School of Excellence, a distinction held by only 35 high schools in the
state which means that our composite End-of-Course Scores exceeded the requirement of 90%.
David W. Butler High School also met 20 out of 20 goals for 2011-12fulfilling federal guidelines for No Child
Left Behind. Our Graduation Rate in 2012 was at 89.74%.
Student Populations - Current student enrollment is 2066. The ethnic breakdown is 47.3% White,
30.4% African-American, 13.6% Hispanic, 4.2% Asian, 12.5% Multi-racial, 5.4% Native American and 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.
Grading System - A = 93-100 B = 85-92 C = 77-84 D = 70-76 F = Below 70
Graduation Requirements - Students must graduate with a total of 24 credits in a specific course of study. They must also earn a 3 or 4 on the following End-of-Course tests: English I, Algebra I, and Biology. Students must also complete the NC Graduation Project.
GPA - Grade Point Average is computed as follows on a 4.0 scale:
Weighted GPA is determined by dividing the total number of grade and quality points by the total number of courses.
- Quality points are assigned on a basis of A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1 and F=0.
- One quality point is added for Honors courses (HN).
- Two quality points are added for Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
- Un-weighted GPA is determined by dividing the total number of grade points assigned by the total number of courses.
Classes in grades 9-12 meet on a 4x4 block schedule with a hybrid A day/B day schedule. Twenty-six percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunch plans. Butler features Internet access (including wireless access) and various classroom technology, such as LCD projectors and interactive whiteboards along with laptops and iPads, to support teaching and learning concepts.
Butler offers 24 advanced placement courses, taught by teachers who have completed AP training and AP Syllabus Approval. A significant number of teachers have earned National Board Certification with 31 certified, while 38 percent of the Butler faculty holds masters or other advanced degrees. Ninety-seven percent of the faculty is fully licensed by the state and over 60 percent have taught for more than 10 years.
A strong Career and Technical Education program is in place, with advanced levels in those courses of study. The Medical Science and Parenting/Child Development classes provide field experience for students. Several classes are offering opportunities for international travel. The program for exceptional students is designed to offer a core curriculum using highly qualified teachers in a continuum of services from consulting to self-contained classes for those students who have been identified as having special social, behavioral, academic, or physical needs in accordance with state criteria. The Fine Arts department consistently receives superior ratings in state and regional band, chorus, and theatre festivals. Students in theatre classes are frequently recognized with acting awards while students in music are selected into auditioned state-level bands, orchestras and choral performing groups. Visual arts students achieve top-ranked placement in regional and national juried exhibitions. With regard to athletics, Butler students continually earn awards and recognitions, including a number of conference and state championships; and Butler is a past recipient of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4-A School-of-the-Year. Butler is dedicated to the principle “Scholar/Athlete.”
In the graduating class of 2011, approximately 83 percent of students entered a four-year university, 11 percent enrolled at a community college or technical school, 6 percent enlisted in the military and/or entered the workforce. Butler graduates are committed to continuing their education beyond high school. The 2012 graduating class earned $4,689,503 million dollars in combined athletic and academic scholarship awards. Butler students, competing for many prestigious scholarships, have earned scholarships including the Morehead-Cain, The Park, Robert C. Byrd, Teaching Fellows, Gates Millennium, National Merit Award and National Achievement Merit Award.
Butler offers a wide variety of honors courses in the following areas: English, math, science, social studies, foreign language, fine arts, and Career and Techical Education. Butler also offers 24 Advanced Placement courses and all of the teachers have completed AP training. Butler has a high number of teachers who have received their National Board Certification . In addition, 46% of the Butler teaching staff hold a master’s degree or above. A strong Career and Technical Education program is in place, with advanced levels in those courses of study.
Honors courses offered:
- English: English 9, 10 11, and 12.
- Math: Pre-Calculus, Algebra II, Geometry and Discrete Math.
- Science: Biology (Lab Science), Earth Environmental Science, Chemistry (Lab Science), Physics (Lab Science), Microbiology, Human Anatomy and Physiology.
- Social Studies: World History, Civics and Economics, US History.
- World Language: Spanish III and IV, French III and IV, German III and IV, and Latin III.
- Fine Arts: Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Theatre Crafts, Art, and Photography (all courses offer Intermediate/Advanced Levels).
- Career Tech: PLTW Biomedical Sciences, PLTW Intro Engineering, PLTW Engineering, Strategic Marketing, AccountingII, DraftingII Architectural, Computer Engineering Technology II, Apparel II, E-Commerce I & II, and Interior Design II.
Advanced Placement (AP) Courses (24 total):
- English: English 11 and 12.
- Math: Calculus AB and BC, AP Statistics.
- Science: Biology, Environmental Science and Physics B. (All courses are lab sciences)
- Social Studies: European Hisotry, US Government, US History, Human Geography, Psychology, World History, and Economics (Micro and Macro).
- World Language: Spanish V, German IV, French V, and Latin IV.
- Fine Arts: Art History, Studio Art 2D, Studio Art Drawing and Music Theory.
Class Rank - Class rank is computed at the sixth, seventh and final semesters. To be ranked with a given class, a student must have been a member of that class during the entire semester preceding the ranking. Class rank is determined by a student’s weighted GPA.
Test Scores - 2011 SAT Average Score for college bound seniors: 1527 (3 scores), 1035 (Math and CR) and 528 (Math) and 507(CR).
2012 AP results: The number of students who received AP Scholars 52, Scholars with Honor 30, and Scholars with Distinction 47 and National Scholars were 2. AP exams taken in 2011-12 school year: 388 students took a total of 785 AP exams.
Scholarships - The senior class of 2012 earned 3,590,786 million dollars in combined athletic and academic scholarship awards. Butler students compete for and have earned in the past many prestigious scholarships including the Morehead-Cain, The Park, Robert C. Byrd, Teaching Fellows, Gates Millennium, National Merit Award and National Achievement Merit Award.
EC Program - The program for exceptional students is designed to offer a core curriculum using a continuum of services from consulting to self-contained classes for those students who have been identified as having special social, behavioral, academic or physical needs in accordance with state criteria.
Meeting 21st century challenges as life-long learners
CMS District - Maximize academic achievement by every student in every school.
Butler - We the staff of David W. Butler High School, a comprehensive, community-based school, dedicate ourselves to the following principles:
Ensuring academic and social success for all students
Promoting academic excellence in a safe and orderly environment
Preparing students to be life-long learners
Providing a technological environment for 21st century challenges
Nurturing community collaboration among parents, students, and staff through shared decision-making
Beliefs - The Butler Bulldog Community is dedicated to:
- Ensuring academic and social success for all students
- Promoting academic excellence in a safe and orderly environment
- Preparing students to be life-long learners
- Providing a technological environment for the 21st century challenges
- Nurturing community collaboration among parents, students and staff through shared decision-making
CMS District: CMS provides all students the best education available anywhere, preparing every child to lead a rich and productive life.
Butler: We, the students, parents, staff and community of Butler High School are dedicated to creating and maintaining a comprehensive, community-based school that establishes life-long learners who are ready for the 21st century.
Butler offers the following athletic teams: Football (JV and Varsity), Men's and Women's Basketball (JV and Varsity), Cheerleading (JV and Varsity), Men's and Women's Soccer (JV and Varsity), Baseball (JV and Varsity), Softball (JV and Varsity), Swimming, Boys and Girls Track, Boys and Girls Varsity Golf, Wrestling, Volleyball, Indoor Track, Cross Country, Tennis and Lacrosse. State championships have been won in Varsity Football, Varsity Softball, Varsity Women's Basketball and Track.
School Colors: black, silver and red Mascot: bulldog