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About KIPP Pride High School

Founded in 2005, KIPP Gaston Pride High is a free, non-profit, high-performing, college-preparatory public charter school providing an academically rigorous and joyous school experience to 9-12 Grade students in Gaston.

Our high school students are prepared not only to succeed at the colleges of their choice, but, more importantly, are supported to use their knowledge, skills, and character to strengthen their communities and fight against injustices. While our students enter our building to learn, they exit prepared to serve and lead.

We choose our high school motto, “Non scholae sed vitae discimus” (which translates to “We learn not for school, but for life”) because we expect all of our graduates to achieve a level of social and behavioral maturity in addition to excellent academic performance.

Developing independence and critical thinking skills, exploring talents and interests, deciding on a career path, and pursuing additional schooling are just some of the challenges that we help students to face. We guide and nurture students by promoting excellence in all aspects of school life, valuing and respecting the diversity of our school community, and addressing the needs and goals of all students.

Learn more: How opening a high school on a rural peanut field altered the arc of a NC town

About Us

Located in Gaston, KIPP NC’s high school serves the students and families of eastern North Carolina. For the past decade and a half, Pride High has launched hundreds of students’ trajectories to college and career. Unique among all high schools in the area, Pride High prepares ALL our students for college and career, not just some. There are no special applications to fill out for entry, there are no special GPAs you have to have to apply.

At Pride High, we believe in each and every student and the life potential each of them holds that we must help ignite. Every aspect of Pride High is designed to cultivate the skills, mindsets, and knowledge students need to successfully navigate the demands of college and career.

Latest census data show that, because of Pride High, the percentage of area residents holding bachelor’s degrees has doubled over the past decade. (You can read more about us here.)

Pride High is accredited by AdvancED and offers a comprehensive college preparatory course of study, including AP coursework across all content areas and opportunities to enroll in dual enrollment at Halifax Community College.

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Additional Information


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School Menus

See what’s cooking in our kitchen each month here!

Nurse’s Station

Families frequently use these two forms in conversations with our school nurse:

Health History in English and Spanish

Medication Authorization in English and Spanish

School Calendar

Our 2024-25 school calendar for families is available in English and Spanish.


Our 2023-24 Student & Family Handbook (which includes our Family Engagement Policy) is available in English and Spanish.


To learn more about this school’s state accountability progress, please click here.