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New Century Technology High School

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Posted January 17, 2012

I have 2 children at this school. The academics are phenomenal. The only reason I don't give this 4 stars is I think there needs to be more physical fitness opportunities for the students outside of gym class freshman year. Physical fitness is every bit as important as academics. Afterschool sports clubs would make this school perfect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2011

This is my senior year at New Century, and though you might think I would be more than excited about graduating and leaving high school strictly to my memories, it's quite a bittersweet event. Before NCTHS, I had never attended, nor heard of, a school where the teachers treat you like actual human beings. The teachers truly care about their students and actually help them, not just view them as a ticket to a paycheck. NC is the first school I have gone to consecutively since elementary school, and with good reason. Since (almost) every student strives for a good education and life of happiness, we get along and work together as more of a family than just a class. Being a small school, we know each other's names, we help each other, and we all want to be able to hug each other after walking across the stage in May. To any parent of a future student reading this, I highly recommend you enroll your child. Take it from a student getting ready to leave, the experience is great, the teachers are wonderful and clearly know what they are doing, and, all around, it is truly a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 15, 2010

This school has such a great concept, students get to learn technology now instead of when it costs me money in college or tech school. They don't have sports but the kids can compete at their home schools and they have other after school programs that fit their students like Cyber Security team, Programming Team, plus the traditional school clubs like Science, Language clubs, year book etc. I am happy I sent my son to NCTHS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2010

I've been to quite a few schools, and as a student, I must say... this is without a doubt the best. Sure, it has its ups and downs, but anyone could easily distinguish a New Century student from any other (Say... Columbia?). The students are mostly people who want to actually learn, so you don't see the same kind of ignorant behavioral problems you do with other schools (or at a lesser degree, at least. It's getting worse as new lines of freshmen come in and corrupt the student population, but New Century is still better than any other place I've ever been). I've never really considered 'nerd' an insult, but here, we take pride in our intelligence! Long live the underdog! We are here!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 17, 2010

I'm a student at New Century and I love my school. It may get difficult at times but that's the point. School shouldn't be easy and you should be challenged. The teachers I have are very intelligent and know their subjects. I have seen people fail but usually because they don't care or don't want to be there in the first place. I really have no sympathy for those students since they shouldn't be there. All in all, New Century is a great school if you want to step up and take control of your willingness to learn.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 29, 2009

NCTHS is the one of the best schools i ever been to it great for students that care about how educated they wont to be. im a student and i may have some hard times with passing but i care about what i want to be so im willing to work hard at it. if you are thinking about going to this school you better have the will power to do it if you dont than this is not the school for you. i am prould to be apart of NCTHS.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 16, 2008

New Century is a good school. We switched to the AB schedule this year. I DON'T like it. Also, we are connected to Columbia HS.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 13, 2008

this school is really beneficial to my personal learning needs and it is in a really great environment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 29, 2008

I totally agree with the parent posting dated October 5. I have written, called and emailed a couple of teachers who obviously felt it was not in their job duties to communicate with me. Unfortunately, the administration of this school did not take my complaints seriously. My child failed the classes with these teachers and I feel this is a direct result from educators who simply did not care. Don't get me wrong - there are other educators at this school who will give above and beyond what I think a teacher should be willing to do. One class had a teacher leave mid-semester and there ended up being over seven substitutes for the remainder of the school year. It isn't unusual for a student to be uprooted from a class and switched to another teacher in mid-semester, further disrupting the learning process.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2007

It is not so much that I disagree with the other reviews, but their experiences most certainly have been different. Some of the things I have seen are just unbelievable. Everything from teachers who make the (high school) students stand in a corner when they misbehave to, tutors who do not know the subject matter and some who do not understand the school policy. I thought it was a great idea that New Century was attached to Columbia High School, well this is far from true. New Century Students are not allowed to use the gym and cannot join in any of Columbia sports. This is sad and a detriment to our students educational experience. I have asked for a listing of my daughters teachers qualifications / education and have never received this information to date. There is much more!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2004

New Century Technology High School offers an excpetional education in the areas of aerospace technology, computer information and technology, life and health science and technology. Students coming to New Century are able to take elective strand courses offered nowhere else in Huntsville City Schools. Dedicated teachers who have extra training to teach both a regular course and their chosen strand offer a variety of classroom experiences that assist the student be employable in the high tech community. The school is located in the shadow of the US Space & Rocket Center's Saturn V Rocket at 102 Wynn Drive in the lower level of Calhoun Community College.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2004

I have been especially impressed with several of the teachers I have been involved with at New Century. The former principal, Ms. Humphreys, is an educator that I have a tremendous amount of respect for. Everyone at the school is helpful and concerned for all the kids that attend. I hope getting a new school will help it grow; however, I don't believe that the new school is going to meet the New Century expectations since it will 'share' its' space with a traditional school. I wanted my child to go to this school because it was not 'traditional'. My child loves the school even though he left behind his friends he has known since kindergarten. I think this speaks for itself.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

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The state average for Biology I was 98% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

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Reading

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Poverty97%
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Social Studies

All Students0%
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Proficient in English0%
Not migrant0%
Poverty91%
Not poverty0%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 44% 58%
Black 42% 34%
Hispanic 7% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 40%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:10 pm
School Leader's name
  • Mr Stewart Thorson
Fax number
  • (256) 428-7801

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • STEM
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  • Technology

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
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2500 Meridian Street
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