Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology

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Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology
Pob cardinal.gif
1430 Alleghany Street

United States
MottoNext Step Ready
School districtCharlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
NCES School ID370297002641[1]
PrincipalTerra Kennedy
Enrollment2,000 (2017-2018)[2]
Campus310,000 square feet (29,000 m2)
Campus typeLarge City
Colour(s)Black, Red, Gold
AthleticsTrack & Field, Soccer, Basketball, Softball, Volleyball, Baseball, Tennis, Golf, Wrestling, Football, Swimming, Cross Country, Cheerleading
NicknameBerry or POB
RivalHarding University High School
National ranking2,331

Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology (also known as Berry or POB) is a magnet high school located in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System (CMS) and was opened in 2003. The mascot is a cardinal and the school colors are appropriately black and red (rarely, white and gold are thrown into the mix when more colors are necessary). The school is named after educational activist Phillip O. Berry (1940–1984). The overall mission statement is that education will be centered on a rigorous and relevant curriculum with focused human relations between students, parents, staff, and the community. Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology has a student body of 1800-2000 students, housed in a 310,000-square-foot (29,000 m2) building.

Berry Academy is the only school in Mecklenburg County to offer AP Earth/Environmental course to freshman students. Berry Academy is also recognized as one of the few full magnet high schools in CMS. The theme for the 2017–2018 school year is "Next Step Ready". Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology and Harding University High School are both located on Alleghany Street. As rivals, whenever Berry Academy and Harding U face each other in a football game it is known as the "Battle of Alleghany".

The school offers a rigorous and relevant technical curriculum that is divided into three career academies, where students place themselves based upon their interests: the Academy of Engineering, the Academy of Information Technology, and the Academy of Medical Sciences and Biotechnology. Programs not available at most other CMS high schools include: biotechnology, advanced biotechnology, oracle database programming, automotive, construction, civil and electrical engineering technology, and computer engineering technology.

In the year 2010, Phillip O. Berry was named one of only six schools in the United States to win the National School Change Award[3] due to significant improvement.


  1. ^ "Search for Public Schools - Phillip O Berry Academy of Tec (370297002641)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  2. ^ "Phillip O Berry Academy of Technology". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
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Coordinates: 35°14′20″N 80°53′31″W / 35.2387527°N 80.8920165°W / 35.2387527; -80.8920165