NORTHVIEW is the best kept secret in the San Gabriel Valley. The principal, teachers, staff & PTSA are all welcoming, friendly & dedicated. It has just as many programs to offer as schools twice its size. It's small enough so everyone knows everyone, like a family. The kids enjoy going to school instead of dreading it. The new campus is beautiful with a new cafeteria & new gym locker rooms, I don't know what else parents could ask for.
Northview has continued to raise the academic bar for students regarding test scores and homework accountability. The infraction system that has been implemented by the administration and teachers has worked to the advantage of the student by making the student accountable for their actions. With each infraction received by a student that doesn't follow the rules, they are less likely to partake in school activities which are granted towards students that strive to achieve academically, and with social consideration towards others. As a parent I've watched this system have a tremendous in-pack on not only students but parents as well. It is this accountability system that I believe has worked to Northview's advantage by way of higher test scores and API Test scores. I believe that with a little more time Northview will continue to grow becoming more academically competitive with the other intermediate schools around their area.
My five children have attended Northview and I must say that the school in the last 5 years has dramatically changed for the GOOD! The administration is fabulous, especially as they now have a principal devoted to ONE school. The teachers truly care that they provide the best foundation for the soon-to-come high school and college years. The infraction program (discipline) is designed to create responsible, productive, self-aware individuals. I can't say enough of the extra-curricular activities...debate team, sports program, mathletes, builders club, link crew- the list goes on. Thank you Northview, for providing an ethical, moral AND ethnically diverse beginning for our future adults.
Northview is a great school. The teachers work really hard to engage the students and are always willing to sit down with parents. Teachers participate in after school activities and many of the staff will respond to email or phone calls after hours. They have great programs for the students, all you have to do is ask. The parents who get involved (not nearly enough) are 100% behind the staff and do a lot to bring their kids and the rest of the student body a lot of great opportunities. Their test scores are so much better than this site would leave you to believe.
I think that this school is heading in a new dirrection a better one.The test scores arent so good but that could depend on the student.I was a student and noticed that many of the did not care about their class work but more about the social aspect.I personaly did really good at this school and many of my friends did too its all a matter of the student.I had friends who had parents who would let them get away with D's and F's if your student does go here make sure to be strict with their grades.
Rumors of Northview Middle school's academic failure have been ongoing for many years. I am disgusted everytime I see Northview's academic test scores. I am very concerned with what is not being done. The improvement is very slow and it is not consistent. After speaking with the principal I realize that the problem just may be the relaxed mode the staff has. As a matter of fact the entire Duarte community is very relaxed and don't show much get up about anything. I don't feel very confidant in any hope for vast improvement. The principal has not given me a resolution to Northview's academic problems.
Northview's academic programs, while mediocre at best, certainly have improved significantly in the last 6 years. The new leadership seems to be leading the school in a good direction. Unfortunately, the school's progress is somewhat limited by the school board, which, in the past, has not been great. Parent involvement is severely lacking, and contributes to the school's lack of progress. Great leadership is required to change this. The music program still shines. The sports program has grown significantly and seems to be very successful. I have attended this school, and have seen it's progress over the last 12 years. It has come along way since I attended, but it still has far to go to be a great school. However, I am hopeful that this new principle will improve this school for the better.
This school is poorly managed by its principal, who allows its students to run the school. The teachers are not supported by the administration and struggle teach in substandard conditions. It's a sad situation and unfortunate for those students who do go to the school and do want to learn.
If you can enroll your child into another school rather than this one, it would be wise to do so. This administration does nothing to support its staff when behavior problems become an issue. The administration believes the students at the school are 'children' and should be addressed and treated as such. It was an awful environment for the students and it's no wonder the state scores are the way they are. This school has much potential, but unfortunately, the students run the show.
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