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David W. Butler
High School
1810 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Matthews, NC 28105
Courier #: 361
P: 980-343-6300  |  F: 980-343-6315 
Principal: John LeGrand
LC: East Learning Community
Bell Schedule: 7:15 AM - 2:15 PM
Grades: 9-12
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All information on this page is up-to-date and accurate for the 2014-15 school year. Page updated 9/19/14.

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. During the 2011-12 school year, we were designated as a "School of Distinction with High Growth" and one of only 72 schools in CMS to meet all AMO targets. The school also met 20 out of 20 goals for 2011-12 fulfilling federal guidlines for No Child Left Behind. In 2014, David W. Butler High School was recognized by US News and World Report as the #1 high school in CMS and the 5th highest rating in North Carolina. The graduation rate in 2014 was at 91.8%.

Student Populations - Current student enrollment is 2078. Ethnic breakdown as follows: Non-Hispanic-82.4%, Hispanic-17.6%; Race: African American-31.6%, American Indian-8.1%, Asian-4.2%, Multi-racial-12.4%, Pacific Islander-.3%, and White 44.6%. 

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.   Students must also complete the NC Graduation Project.

GPA Grade Point Average is computed as follows on a 4.0 scale:

  • 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. 
  • Weighted GPA is determined by dividing the total number of grade and quality points by the total number of courses.

Post High School - In the graduating class of 2014 (according to Graduation Data Verification Review COS), approximately 89.5% of the students are academically eligible to attend a 4 year college, .7% Community College/ Trade School, and 16% military/workforce.

Classes in grades 9-12 meet on a 4x4 block schedule with a hybrid A day/B day schedule.  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 23 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, while a large percentage of the Butler faculty holds masters or other advanced degrees.

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.”

Coursework
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 23 Advanced Placement courses and all of the teachers have completed AP training. 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), Human Anatomy and Physiology.
  • Social Studies:  World History, Civics and Economics, US History, American History I
  • 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 Civil Engineering, PLTW Body Systems, Drafting II-Architectural, Computer Engineering Technology II, E-Commerce I

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses (23 total):

  • English: English 11 and 12
  • Math: Calculus AB and BC
  • Science: Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science (All science courses have a lab component)
  • Social Studies:   European Hisotry, US Government, US History, Human Geography, Psychology, World History, and Economics (Micro)
  • World Language: Spanish V, German V, French V, and Latin IV
  • Fine Arts:  Art History, Studio Art 2D, Studio Art 3D, Studio Art Drawing and Music Theory

Academy of Health Sciences

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 - 2014 SAT Average Score for college bound seniors: 1560.3 (3 scores), 1031 (Math and CR) and 503.3 (Math) and 528.6 (CR).
2014 AP Results: The number of students who received AP Scholar Award Recognitions is as follows: National AP Scholar (6), AP Scholar with Distinction (44), AP Scholars with Honors (23) and AP Scholar (51). AP Exams taken in 2013-2014 school year; students took a total of 910 AP exams.

Scholarships - The senior class of 2014 earned over 5.3 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, Levine Scholar, EC Scholar, Gates Millennium, National Merit Award and National Achievement Merit Award and Military Academy Appointments and College ROTC Programs.

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.


Vision
Meeting 21st century challenges as life-long learners

Mission Statement
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

Vision - 
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.

Athletics
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




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