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History and Demographics

Hillside New Tech High School is a new, small, STEM high school located in Durham, North Carolina (STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and was established before the 2007-2008 school year.  Hillside New Tech is designed to offer a break from the traditional high school experience.  New Tech offers a one-to-one computer-to-student ratio, Project-Based Learning, and a small school environment designed to build strong working relationships with teachers and fellow students. We are dedicated to having our students understand how educational content relates to real-world experiences, making sure that students have access to technologies they will experience in college and work, and teaching them the 21st century skills as laid out by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.


Fact Sheet:

267 Students:

83 Juniors (Class of 2011)

89 Sophomores (Class of 2012)

95 Freshmen (Class of 2013)


166 Male

101 Female


91% African-American

3% Hispanic

2% Caucasian

2% Multi-racial

1% Asian/Pacific Islander



Hillside New Tech is affiliated with the New Tech Network of Napa, California and the North Carolina New Schools Project.  In 2009 HNTHS was named a Demonstration Site for the New Tech Network and beginning in 2010 we will serve as a Learning Lab Initiative (LLI) School with the New Schools Project.  Small high schools from around North Carolina will visit HNTHS to observe and then quality education. Our partnership with NC State University on a grant from the National Science Foundation will began in the spring of 2009 when students began working with teachers and college students to create video games that disseminate science and college research.

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