Greeting Champion Bulldogs,
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! It would be an understatement to declare this upcoming school year as unorthodox. However, at Butler we are prepared to overcome all challenges, because we are Champions in everything we do. This year at Butler we have embraced the Champion mindset. We will conquer any issues that will stand in the way of our Champion Scholars receiving top notch instruction, intentional social and emotional supports, exciting extracurricular opportunities and hopefully victory over of all athletic rivals. We will achieve this by preparing a robust learning experience for all students inclusive of high yielding strategies, collaboration, differentiation, data-driven instruction and intentional interventions to meet the needs of all Champion Scholars. Additionally, our student services department and teachers will provide daily social emotional learning and personal opportunities for students to reach out for any assistance that is needed.
Butler High School has a rich tradition of excellence dating back to its opening in 1997. Butler serves 2,100 scholars and is located on 74 acres in Matthews, a suburban community just east of Charlotte. Butler is a community-based high school named in honor of David W. Butler, an outstanding teacher who perished in a house fire while saving the lives of his family. Today, Butler High School upholds the principles set forth by David W. Butler—dedication, perseverance, and commitment.
The student body at Butler is very diverse (33.5% White, 27.6% African-American, 27.8% Hispanic, 6.9% Asian, 3.8% Multi-Ethnic, 0.3% American Indian and 0.1% Pacific Islander) and our Butler staff is a loyal group of educators who are life-long learners, with student success being their number one priority. Our beautiful campus is well maintained and includes a performing arts auditorium, gymnasium, football stadium, baseball field, softball field, practice fields, tennis courts, and a greenhouse. Our scholars experience academic growth on state assessments that is among the highest in CMS. Butler High School offers multiple Honors Level and Advanced Placement (AP) courses that challenge and prepare our scholars for college and careers in the 21st century. Additionally, our Butler Academy of Health Sciences provides opportunities and internships for any scholar wishing to pursue a career in the growing field of health care.
Our main priority at Butler is to foster a safe, nurturing environment that celebrates diversity and promotes unity. We provide an advanced and rigorous educational experience that offers a wide range of academic, athletic, artistic, and social opportunities, and careers. We will consistently engage with our stakeholders to ensure that we are living out our core values every day. Butler High School is determined to provide our graduates with the credentials for admission into competitive colleges and universities. Above all, we strive to ensure that each scholar who receives a Butler diploma is college, career, or military ready.
Before coming to Butler, I was a middle and elementary school principal and that experience helps me to understand each scholar's journey to high school. I am committed to seeing every Butler scholar succeed. I believe that when the school, home, and community unite as one, making education a top priority, all Butler scholars will succeed and achieve at high levels.
We have a place for every scholar, and we work to make Butler a safe and comfortable environment for everyone. My role as principal of Butler is to ensure that all decisions made, every day, align with these beliefs. I look forward to working with you and your scholar. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time: firstname.lastname@example.org, 980-343-6300.
Thank you for choosing Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and David W. Butler High School.
Vincent G. Golden, Principal