NLHS has dramatically improved and is the highest performing urban high school in CT. My child is being challenged and I'm extremely pleased with the competent and caring staff! There are so many opportunities for my son to earn College credit. ECSU, Mitchell College, UCONN...to name a few, all offer courses at NLHS. My son will most likely earn 22 college credits by graduation! You can't beat that combined with the Whalers superior athletic program! Very pleased with this school.
The science and technology magnet school which is good. The teachers are nice and care about your future and education. The regular high school is not so great. Teachers there don't know how to teach and there "honors program" is not a challenge. Only come here if you like science and technology, that magnet school has a lot of class that you can take. You only go to the regular high school for your language class, history, english, and lunch. The other classes are in the magnet school.
This 'school' is very poorly run. It is the victim of some very bad administrative appointments and suffers from very low morale. The teachers do try, but lack of resources, politics and nepotism interfere with everything.
The administrative staff is very helpful; teachers I didn't have the opportunity to met them, but my son is very pleased with the classes. the only thing I really don't feel comfortable with, is the students behavior, they're very rude and fights are on daily basis.
I never felt challenged at the school. Every year there are some new rules that do not benefit anyone but just cause confusion and wasted time. Most of the focus is on the athletes. The athletic program gets new things and more money, more than needed. More money should be spent to making the programs at the school better for the students. There is not enough art appreciation, there used to be about 5 years ago but that fell apart. No one listens to the opinions of the students, which I find sad. Nothing is done efficiently. Files are lost, homework goes missing... and the only one to blame is apparently the student when in fact it's usually the adult in charge. I did enjoy the diversity and bringing in the magnet school kids has brought in even more.
No communication. My sons physical form was misplaced.Th en his entire medical record was misplaced.Eventually found on the desk in a pile.I guess they never heard of the hepa law.If you are not a sport star you may get a uniform.The stars get better treatment. The youth officer has children in the school which i think is a conflict of interest. I feel he's less apt to arrest someone in fear that they may retaliate on his children. Because a subsitute misplaced a doctor's note excusing my child from school, we was told to not give important paperwork/homework to them.Are they not capable of handling it? I personally think my son was getting a better education while attending the waterford system.Alot of teachers at nl talk down to the kids.But yet expect respect back.You must give to receive.
Honors program: not challenging and not enough honors classes. Also average and a below average students aren't focused on. They are not the priority. Extracurricular activities are okay. Parent involvement: very low. It seems as though parents don't care about what there students are doing or not doing in class.