All information on this page is up-to-date and accurate for the 2016-17 school year. Page updated 9/13/16.
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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 which is a part of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). Operating since 1997, the 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, the school was 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 guidelines 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 2015 was at 92.7%.
Student Populations - Current student enrollment is 2,169.
Ethnic breakdown as follows: Hispanic - 21.1%, African-American - 31.4%, American Indian - 0.5%, Asian - 4.9%, Two or more races - 3.8%, and White - 38.4%.
Grading Scale - Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, the grading scale changed to:
A = 90-100 B = 80-89 C = 70-79 D = 60-69 F = 0-59
Graduation Requirements - Students must graduate with a total of 24 credits in a specific course of study. Students must also complete the North Carolina Graduation Project and fulfill the CPR requirement.
Grade Point Average (GPA) is computed as follows on a 4.0 scale:
Students who entered in 2014 or earlier:
Standard Courses: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1 and F=0.
*Honors Courses: A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2 and F=0
*AP Courses: A=6, B=5, C=4, D=3 and F=0
Students who entered 2015 or later:
Standard Courses: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1 and F=0.
*Honors Courses: A=4.5, B=3.5, C=2.5, D=1.5 and F=0
*AP Courses: A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2 and F=0
*Additional quality points are considered in Weighted GPA
GPA Calculation - Weighted GPA is calculated by totaling the number of weighted quality points for each class and dividing this number by the total number of credits. Unweighted GPA is calculated by totaling the number of quality points (excluding honors or AP quality points) and dividing the total number of credits.
Example of a 2015-16 freshman first semester GPA calculation:
Course: Quality Points:
English I B 3
World History Honors A 4.5 (one half quality point is added to Honors courses)
Foundations of Math C 2
Principles of Business A 4
Each course is worth one credit. Add the total number of credits: 4, and the total number of quality points: 13.5, and divide: 13.5/4= 3.375. This is the students WEIGHTED GPA since the student included her additional Honors quality points. To compute an unweighted GPA the student must exclude additional honors and AP quality points.
Post High School - In the graduating class of 2015 (according to Graduation Data Verification Review), approximately 89.5% of the students are academically eligible to attend a four year college.
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 technologies, such as LCD projectors and interactive whiteboards along with laptops and iPads, to support teaching and learning concepts.
Butler offers 24 advanced placement (AP) 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 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 4A 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 Technical Education. Butler also offers 24 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: Total-38
- English: English 9, 10 11, and 12.
- Math: Common Core Math II-III, Pre-Calculus, 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, American History I, American History II
- World Language: Spanish III and IV, French III and IV, and Latin III.
- Fine Arts: Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Theatre Crafts, Art, and Photography (all courses offer Proficient/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 (24 Total):
- English: English 11 and 12
- Math: Calculus AB and BC, Statistics
- Science: Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science (All science courses have a lab component)
- Social Studies: European History, US Government, US History, Human Geography, Psychology, World History, and Macro Economics
- 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
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 - Out of our total student enrollment (2,169) 18.8% of students are enrolled in one or more AP course for the 2015-16 school year.
2016 SAT Average Score for college bound seniors: 1498 (3 scores), 1018 (Math and CR) and 511 (Math) and 507 (CR).
2016 AP Results - The number of students who received AP Scholar Award Recognitions is as follows: National AP Scholar (6), AP Scholar with Distinction (51), AP Scholars with Honors (27) and AP Scholar (47). AP Exams taken in the 2015-2016 school year totaled 814.
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).
2014 SAT Average Score for college bound seniors: 1560.3 (3 scores), 1031 (Math and CR) and 503.3 (Math) and 528.6 (CR).
Scholarships - The senior class of 2016 earned over 5 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.
Exceptional Children's (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.
Mission Statement - CMS District - Maximize academic achievement by every student in every school.
Mission Statement - Butler High School - 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 - Meeting 21st Century Challenges as life-long learners
CMS District Vision - 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 21stcentury.
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