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9-12
Public district
Riverside, CA
Students enrolled: 2,340
 

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6585 Crest Avenue
Riverside, CA 92503

(951) 358-1740
(951) 358-1741
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April 23, 2015
I graduated in 2008 from this school honestly in angers me how much they DO NOT prepare you for the real world. Yes, it is true the have the IB and avid programs, so for the students that make it into these programs, good for them! They're the ones who will be watched over, who are expected to succeed, so they will get more attention than the rest of the student. For myself because I was jumping in and out of AP courses I never felt that I had individual attention, I felt that I was babysat rather than being taught. And when I entered the University system it was apparent that I was not at the same standers as everyone else. I currently graduated from one of the top UC's but I struggled compared to the rest of my peers. I was always behind! I do not think I made it this far because of Norte Vista, I was one of the forgotten students who made it far because my parents help and my own determination.

- submitted by a community member

November 08, 2011
It's concerning that NOVI doesn't develop or maintain critical thinkers. More often than not, students are pushed out of the educational system for a variety of reasons but by no means do they get to this point alone. Consider the analogy of "it takes a village to raise a child". Well the same should be applied to the experience of students marginalized at NOVI Why is it when a student is "high achieving" it's due to the support of teachers and counselors but the same does not apply to a student pushed out? In my experience, my frustration attending NOVI along with the lack of experience to articulate my feelings was not once met with a caring or concerned teacher, with exception of two. One was a Spanish teacher who thought I didn't go to class because he thought j was pregnant. Not once did he consider that I may be bored in class because I already know Spanish. Similarly in English I would not attend class for weeks only to show up for an exam and score the highest grade. Instead of considering that I should be in a different level the teacher's only concern was how I was able to miss so much and still pass. As an educator now I carry these experiences of what NOT to do.

- submitted by a community member

March 19, 2010
One of the best schools that I have ever seen, great IB program, great AP program, awesome and deicated teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 17, 2009
Norte Vista has awsome teachers who love their jobs. They also take intrest in bettering the quality of education the students recieve. I had a good experience while attending Novi.

- submitted by a parent

June 19, 2009
This school is great! obviously like all schools it has its flaws! other than that nvhs just has a misconception by the public

- submitted by a student

December 08, 2008
I have been around Norte Vista high school since 1996. My brother went there, I went there and my little sister went there. I have never seen or been a part of a program that wants to improve their students standards. I was not the best student when I was in high school there but I do remember all of my teachers from my freshman year to my senior year and I can not say there is nothing that they did not try to do to improve my education and help me for college. I also have seen many administrators at Norte Vista and I have to say that Ms. Roy, Mr. Campos and Mr. Herreras are some of the best I have seen anywhere. Norte Vista is been good and as a coach I also hope to help future generations in going to college. Also the AVID program is great

- submitted by a community member

October 10, 2008
Like any school it has its problems, the only difference is that novi doesn't kick students out of its school for doing below average work like many other high schools do to keep up with their reputation. Many of my friends who attended novi went straight to really good universities, they have the resources just some students don't care for them. Coming from a student who went to a California Distinguished High School rated in the top five in the state and also attended novi, i would say people don't give novi the credit it deserves. If your kid is a slacker don't except the teachers to babysit them, after all they are in high school! and if you expect them to go to college i recommend you tell them to get their head straight because there is no babysitting in college.

- submitted by a student
no rating
September 03, 2008
I am currently a student at novi and this is my 2nd year here. I am a juinor and i am shocked! My freshmen year was spent at Canyon Springs out in Moreno Valley and the difference is huge.... Well i will admit novi isn't the best school but it does have great programs for students who really actually care about their education.... On the other side, well it's not so peachy and shiny... we've only been in school for a week so there hasn't been too many fights, yet!!! But I know they are coming. As far as the teachers go, you have to find the ones who care and who actually want to be there and who will dedicate time to the student. The problem is trying to find a teacher who won't jugde you the second you walk in the class. -Kirsti

- submitted by a student

August 26, 2008
The teachers are the only ones pulling for the students. The administration could care less....as long as the problem stays outside their office, all is good.

- submitted by a parent

May 21, 2008
I've been a teacher at Novi for 10 years. My observation is there has ben a huge change in the demographics since I started here. We are always struggling to make improvements. As we do make some then a new group of students come along with even greater needs. I believe the majority of our students want to learn, I'm here for them. They make it bearable. The others should be put in a work program to earn a living, and kept off the streets.

- submitted by a teacher

May 20, 2008
norte vista is a great school. at first i was scared of that there was fights and violence but once i got there i met alote of commited students and teachers at this schoo... i wouldnt go to any other school... besides if the student achives or doesnt achive its all on the student ....its not the schools fault that students dont know how to handle their anger or to be rsponcible

- submitted by a student

June 12, 2007
I have worked at this school for many years. I also have seen administrators come and go. I also believe that if you challenge students, and they are excited about the program, they will rise to the occasion. However, in the last few years, I have seen apathy at this school, not only by the students, but the parents, the teachers and the administrators. This school will never get any better if the parents don't care if their kids go to school and the students don't care about their grades. Administrators need to care about the students, not if they are going to move to another higher-paying job somewhere else!

- submitted by a teacher

May 30, 2007
My daughter has attended Norte Vista for two years now and I am very displeased with the entire program. My daughter came from King Drew Magnet in Los Angeles were academic learning is very important. My daughter has not felt academically challenged since her arrival in 10th grade. I suggest that their staff become more professional and they refocus their energy to help their drowning students. I have recently put in a transfer for my child to attend another school outside of the Alvord District for her senior year and I might add that she is very pleased. Last; teachers should remember that they are the educators not the students peers.

- submitted by a parent

November 19, 2006
Norte vista is the best school. Mr.Campos is a tight principal!& all the teachers are really nice.So arr all the students!c/o 08'-07'-03'

- submitted by a student

May 06, 2006
I guess if you just want your child to go to school it isn't too bad at Novi. However if you want them to be prepared for life after high school in the subjects of ecomonics, goverment, math, and english, following the rules of the school and be accountable for their actions this is not the place to send them.

- submitted by a parent

April 08, 2006
It appears that there is a problem with the leadership in this school. The students overall are doing below standard. Maybe the Principal needs to re-evaluate his purpose. He should take to heart the issues of the students in need.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 26, 2005
This school's admins are great.

- submitted by a parent

January 29, 2005
Norte vista high school was a great one...Although many people believed la sierra high to be the better school, mainly because of the better socio economic standards, it wasn't necessarily so when i attended it...I remember that at the end of the year, when all ap english students in the alvord district took the alifornia ap test...Norte vista came out on top, with more students that the other h.S.'S to recieve a passing scores...Myself being one of those high scores...So in reality, its not how wealthy students are that make a school a 'good' school, its really how competent and committed the teachers are...Of course the interest has to come from the student, to learn...But if you have an excellent teacher, he/she can truly inspire..And prove to a student that the sky's the limit.

- submitted by a student
no rating
December 15, 2004
The facilities are much improved, but students are little motiviated and teachers are often apathetic.

- submitted by a student

November 30, 2004
Very good school. Counselors and teachers alike stay on top of the kids. Admin staff have 'zero tolerance' policy regarding gang activity, drugs, etc.

- submitted by a parent

May 29, 2004
As a recent graduate of Norte Vista I am shocked to see what has been written about the place that I, as well as many others considered to be a good school. I was highly involved in extra curricular activites while in high school and I will admit that the school does make a big deal out of those activities. The one thing that a lot of people don't understand though is that those activities are what get kids to school everyday. It makes it exciting. As for the teaching, there are a great deal of awesome teachers at NOVI. Many of my teachers went above and beyond what was expected from them. Norte Vista is just stuck in a rut with a reputation they obtained a long time ago and they are slowly pulling out of it. -Brianne Meier (class of '03)

- submitted by a student

May 25, 2004
As you may already be able to tell the kids that have reveiwed this school and are in defense of it have horrable grammar and they do not know how to complete a sentence. I attened Norte Vista High my freshman and sophmore year about 5 years ago. I am now a student at SDSU. Even though like the other gentlemen said I played football, baseball, wrestling at Norte Vista. If my parents had not pulled me out as well I know I wouldnt be where I am today.

- submitted by a parent

May 14, 2004
Actually, I am also a student at Norte Vista High and though I have a generaly negative outlook on my peers and the way the school is run I have recently come to realize that for all the things Novi's not, there are a few special things that make attending worth while. Sure, the bathroom's have the scent of pot fumigated into them, and sure we have low test scores, and our students will rumble in the quad during school, but the AP program. The AP program is filled with Highly qualified staff who know how to teach their subject. The European History, U.S. History, Language, Government, and literature classes were all on my schedule over the last four years. In each subject there is a pass rate above that of the national average.

- submitted by a student

May 02, 2004
Overall the school could be better, but it could be worse too. I've seen it change for the better over the years. Safety vs. discipline, hard to say. Sometimes there is too much security but not enough discipline with regard to dress code. The responsibility in my mind falls on the lack of parenting though. My daughter is well known in the school for her artwork. She has an outstanding counselor who honestly cares. The teachers are only as good as they want to be. The principals have changed and I don't know the current one like I did the last one. Riverside continues to change as do our schools. The trend is upward, although slow.

- submitted by a parent

February 03, 2004
As most schools it is up to the individual student to learn. Here not only do you learn academic subjects but how to get along with all kinds of different people. If you can succed in this multi-cultural enviroment you will be succesfull in the real world. When students leave here they are not only educated but culturally educated.

- submitted by a parent

January 13, 2004
I am a current student here and although it may seem cruddy from the outside, it really is the students who make the school what it is. A lot of people here take everything for granted and it really shows. If you find the right kind of people and put yourself in a good friendly environment, your high school experience here at NOVI should be just as good as anywhere else.

- submitted by a student

January 03, 2004
Being a former football captian and a honor student at Norte Vista I left because of the lack of security. Thank goodness my parents pulled me out.

- submitted by a student

November 06, 2003
I am the father of a drama student here, he is a senior. I am pleased with the extracurricular activities offered here, and I feel that it is important that parents keep tabs on the school to deter any unwanted student problems, i.e. profanity, and gang-esque involvement. I would recomend this school even though we moved here only last year from Georgia.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 30, 2003
I am a grandmother of three grandchildren whom I have undertaken to raise and nurture. Our family moved from the corona/norco school district last october 2002. We live in a decent house which is horse property. This is fine but the schools here are terrible. I am appalled at the gangs and the language which seem to be the only way a majority of students at both the high school and junior high level communicate with one another. It has been a culture shock for my grandchildren as well as myself trying to adjust to this new way of life and its hasards. There should be zero tolerance for behavior such as bullying, harassment, foul language, and gang activity. A child should be able to attend school and be safe during the day. The only thing a student should have to contend with is getting their homework done and listening to the teacher lessons in the classroom. And what happen to dress codes here in riverside. Whos running these schools, the students or the teachers? yes I am unhappy with the schools and I know I am one out of hunderds who also feel the worry and pressure regarding the riverside schools and whether or not our childern are safe day by day attending these schools.

- submitted by a parent

September 09, 2003
Our school would be alot better if parents didnt send there children to out of area schools such as Norco..We need to keep kids in our area to have a better school

- submitted by a parent

June 19, 2003
This might just be the saddest, most pathetic high school in all of Riverside county. I should have given more consideration to how sub standard the school district in this area was before buying a house years ago.

- submitted by a community member

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Norte Vista High School
6585 Crest Avenue, Riverside, CA  92503
(951) 358-1740
Last modified Norte Vista High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Norte Vista High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top