Students are encouraged to take easy classes taught by "fun" teachers. Almost no black students take AP classes. Very few black students even take advanced or honors classes. And everyone pretends that is fine and expected. Walk around the halls and you will see work that looks done by 6th graders. No wonder few graduates of this high school finish college.
Students are allowed to say whatever they want to and about other students and teachers. Students can stay seated and rap curse words during the pledge of allegiance and moment of silence. If there is a fight in the gym at a pep rally, nothing is addressed to change the lack of respect.
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
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!