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North High School

Public | 9-12 | 2667 students


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Posted April 17, 2013

North High is one of the highschools i been attending so far , since my fresh mean im a student of 2014 . North High has such as fun activites and gropus , many teachers that are helpful for there students . (:
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 30, 2008

As a substitute teacher 20006-07, I found North High to be a favorite school. The teachers are dedicated, hold high expectations, and enjoy their students, which reflects in student work and behavior
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted May 13, 2008

the IB program is great and the extra curricular activities are great. The teachers really want to teach
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 12, 2007

The IB program at North is great for sudents who are overachievers, hard workers, and like a challenge. The overall school is also, very nice.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 12, 2007

I went to North High and I can honestly say that I learned very much! I not only learned the curriculum but I learned how to be the most productive, working adult that I can be. Thanks to the wonderful teachers at North High!
—Submitted by a former student

Posted September 19, 2006

I think North has very good teachers, my sons teachers cared about my son and encouraged and pushed my son to succeed. I think North has a great security dept and the officers on site are very involved with the kids on campus. My son was in football, and I was very involved in the booster club and I really believe that the parent involvement is below standard, and I don't think there is enough parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 19, 2006

IB program has good intentions but is dragged down by lenient admission standards.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted September 30, 2005

Great school! The staff is patient and experienced and a large variety of extracurricular activities exist.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 18, 2005

North High School's International Baccalaureate Program is a prestigious program in which it helps prepare students for obtaining a higher education. The staff is outstanding and dedicated to the success of their students.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted July 10, 2005

Really good school- nice ibm program.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted May 26, 2005

My son graduated from North in 2004. Given the many friendships he developed at the school, I think I can speak on behalf of many students and parents. The North IB program is very good, but as in all things, not perfect. That being said, its curriculum and the teachers prepared the students to compete at the national level for admissions to the best Universities in this Country. Admissions were granted to students to Yale, Stanford, Cal, Georgetown, Air Force Academey, West Point, USC, UCLA, Berkely and many other prestigious liberal arts schools. With respect to Arizona Universities, nearly all of the IB students received scholorships. I believe there were 7 national merits scholars, and several more who recieved honorable mention. In addition to the academics, the civil service requirement turned students into better citizens. With respect to athletics, everyone was welcome with an emphasis on sportsmanship and fun.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 6, 2004

My son completed his freshman year at North High in the Honors program. I am extremely impressed with his Honors teachers and school administration. The school guidance counselors helped my son to make good choices. He was on both the football and track teams. Team emphasis was on individual development, not winning at all costs.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 15, 2003

While the traffic flow for drop off and pick up is absolutely atrocious North offers some great programs. IB is a well-managed, quality program and the drama department is superior. The back to school news letter was the best that I have seen in the past 4 years.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 10, 2003

The administration does not provide support for the teachers or students. The principal, and by example some teachers follow suit, belittle student achievements and goals. there are some very dedicated teachers and the occassional administrator. Additionally, very few parents seem to be involved (or care) about their child's welfare or education. I'm hoping for changes.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 12, 2003

My daughter attends North High and is in the IB program in the 11th grade. I am very disappointed in the principal. She downgrades the students and talks to them as if they were small children. She has very little skills as far as dealing with people. North High is a great school but this administration is absolutely terrible. Only two administrators have any business on this campus and they are Mr.Munoz and Dr. Hart. They sincerely care about kids and their futures. The rest need to go. I am seriously thinking about sending my daughter back to the Deer Valley School District if things don't change.

Posted May 16, 2003

I have a daughter at North just completing her senior year as a student in the IB program. Through her four years in the program she has developed her organizational skills, critical thinking, as well as worked with many other talented students and teachers. The school is diverse but somehow North's family works together well. As with any inner-city school, there is a small percentage of the population that doesn't necessarily go to school to learn- don't let that fool you. Do not be blinded by the negative but focus on the wonderful extra-curriculars, supportive staff, and outstanding education in the IB program.

Posted April 28, 2003

Very good teachers. A lot have been there for many years. They need a strong support, haven't had it from this principal. Great IB program. Needs a strong change in principal, teacher and staff have been strongly undermined these past two years. Sad. Great students. Serious gang/type prob. brewing unless under control fast! Feel as if my 2 children have been safe, but need a stronger administration than has been these last few years.

Posted March 15, 2003

I am a graduate of North High School's class of 1999. Attending North was by far the best decision that I have made. The IB program at North, along with the support of the incredible and involved teachers and administrators, prepared me to compete academically with students from even the most prestegious boarding schools in the nation. I now will be graduating from Georgetown University in May 2003, but I could not have gotten to where I am now without the education and support I received at North.

Posted October 15, 2002

These teachers are helping my son reach for himself. He came from a middle school where he didn't have much responsibility. His awakening at North has been effective and quick. It has been an eye-opener and took less time than I thought it would. His teachers in the Honors Core really care about him, as does his counselor, Ms. Ong. I am proud to be a North High Mom, and even prouder of the staff. The principal has a LOT of energy and insight for the kids and their future. Keep up the good work!

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The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

650 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

657 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

650 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing".

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Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 78% 43%
Black 8% 5%
White 7% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 75%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

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Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:50 am
School end time
  • 3:40 am
School Leader's name
  • Laura Telles
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (866) 271-2765


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  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish


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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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1101 East Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85014
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Phone: (602) 764-6500


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