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Northridge High School

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Posted December 12, 2013

This school is grossly overcrowded and safety is a concern. This school needs a strong administration who will ensure safety and enforce zoning rules.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2011

Northridge High School is a great school! My son is a 2011 graduate and my daughter was a 2009 graduate. The kids have attended several schools in many states / areas during their educational endeavors. They actually transferred from a private high school and found Northridge to be preferred. The administration is WONDERFUL! Sure, every school system has their "problems" but Northridge handles the situations effectively. The teachers make learning FUN & most become lifelong friends with their students. This alone says something! The 2011 graduating class was awarded over $10 million dollars in scholarships AND Northridge has a total 5 NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARS.....compare THAT to many other schools!!!!! Thank you, Northridge administration, faculty & staff for providing these kids an EXCELLENT beginning to their future and the rest of their lives! Dr. Espy takes great pride in his school and that pride & dedication shows! The counselors, Ms. Hudgins, Ms. Drane, Ms. Tiley, & Ms. Colvin are the BEST! They are SUPERIOR in their jobs!! The athletic staff are INCREDIABLE - Ms. Reed, Ms. Shuttlesworth, Mr. McBride, Ms Shaw, Coach Bowling, Coach Brantley..etc. GREAT! GOJAGS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2011

iLove This School.! It Is Soo Awesome..It Gives Kids Freedom And A Great Education..It Is Mixed Racial So Some People Can Learn About Other Cultures...
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 29, 2010

This was supposed to be the great new school -- to divide from central and create the rich kid perfect school away from "undesirables." Major F.A.I.L. If you have relocated to Tuscaloosa, consider living in Hoover, Vestavia HIlls or other Bham areas where education matters. A 5 of out 10 in a great college town -- the rich, white area! A disgrace!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2008

This is the greatest school ever...class of 2011!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 14, 2007

It's hard to come up with anything that stands out too much about Northridge, other than the fact that there are a few teachers there who really know their stuff, and are very gifted at what they do, and after some restructuring the administration became more helpful. However, where Northridge does have a few shining points in its academia, it lacks in its breadth. Essentially, there is one route you can take in your classes to ensure that you're really getting a good deal in your education. Soon, however, it will lose a few really good teachers to retirement in its foreign language and science departments, and unless Alabama's public education system and the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education can step teacher recruitment up a notch, Northridge could hit a large slump.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 12, 2006

Great teachers. Great parent involvement. Difficult administration.
—Submitted by a parent


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

The state average for Math was 79% in 2012.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

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Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT 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 score at or above the state standard.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Povertyn/a
Non-povertyn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
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General populationn/a
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Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
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Non-povertyn/a
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT 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 score at or above the state standard.

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

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 95% in 2012.

297 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
Language

The state average for Language was 75% in 2012.

297 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

297 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2012.

297 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2009.

222 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
72%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 71% in 2012.

297 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
73%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 98% in 2012.

253 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
88%
Language

The state average for Language was 90% in 2012.

253 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 95% in 2012.

253 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2012.

253 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 94% in 2009.

254 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
96%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 90% in 2012.

252 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
91%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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

Biology I

All Students94%
Female95%
Male94%
Black91%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligible87%
Special education60%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Poverty90%
Non-poverty98%

Language

All Students62%
Female70%
Male54%
Black43%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible39%
Reduced lunch eligible40%
Special education3%
General population68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English62%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%
Poverty40%
Non-poverty79%

Math

All Students76%
Female77%
Male74%
Black62%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible55%
Reduced lunch eligible47%
Special education27%
General population81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Poverty54%
Non-poverty92%

Reading

All Students72%
Female77%
Male68%
Black59%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible54%
Reduced lunch eligible53%
Special education10%
General population79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Poverty53%
Non-poverty87%

Social Studies

All Students62%
Female57%
Male65%
Black43%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Free lunch eligible38%
Reduced lunch eligible47%
Special education23%
General population66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%
Poverty39%
Non-poverty79%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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

Biology I

All Students98%
Female98%
Male99%
Black98%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible97%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education100%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Poverty97%
Non-poverty99%

Language

All Students86%
Female86%
Male87%
Black77%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible75%
Reduced lunch eligible85%
Special education46%
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Poverty76%
Non-poverty93%

Math

All Students95%
Female95%
Male95%
Black91%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education69%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Poverty91%
Non-poverty97%

Reading

All Students94%
Female92%
Male96%
Black90%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligible92%
Special education69%
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Poverty90%
Non-poverty97%

Social Studies

All Students90%
Female90%
Male91%
Black82%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible77%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education62%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Poverty80%
Non-poverty97%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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
Black 60% 34%
White 36% 58%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Hispanic 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 47%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Dr Isaac P Espy Jr
Fax number
  • (205) 759-3605

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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2901 Northridge Rd
Tuscaloosa, AL 35406
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