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North Springs High School

Charter | 9-12

 

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Posted May 1, 2008

My two daughters are honors level/AP students. One graduated last year, and the other is a Junior this year. North Springs has provided a richly diverse learning experience for both. Academics is definitely a strong component, but I would say the opportunities for leadership have been a stronger component for them. They have been able to lead in totally different areas of the school, found friends who share their interests and values, and teachers who inspire. The ethnically diverse atmosphere, in our opinion enhances, and does not detract from their school experience. If your student is willing to get involved (and now that North Springs is a charter school, each student is required to have 2 extracurriculars each year) there is something for everyone at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2008

Everday it seems like there is a fight at lunch or someone has brought weapons to school. It is not a very good place to be learning. It seems like everyone is divided into groups of their race. Thankfully I am a senior leaving the school and attending Boston University, and I'm not going to come back to see teachers because they don't even know my name.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 23, 2007

North Springs has the most superior academics of any high school in our region. The principal, Dr. Ferguson, has been a master at assembling a high-profile, highly educated and recognized staff of teaching professionals from all over the world. The classes are small and diverse. When my student goes off to university, it will be with excellent preparation in education, as well as with an understanding of the wide world of people and cultures into which he will be stepping. North Springs Charter High School is a public high school and it is top notch!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2007

October, 2007 If your child will be taking all Honors classes then the academics are OK, otherwise the classroom is pure chaos and very little learning takes place. No school spirit, very little involvement by the kids except to go to school. Go somewhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2007

Three of my children have attended North Springs. One daughter and my stepson have just graduated, and my other daughter will be a junior in August. All three love their high school. On the whole, the teaching has been excellent, and in every grade they have had one or two inspiring teachers each. The performing arts and science magnets combine to attract students with a wide diversity of academic interests, and we have enjoyed meeting some highly talented young people through our children's friendships. This year the school will send students to Dartmouth, NYU, MIT, and many to UGA and GSU. If you are looking for a school where your children will have the opportunity to reach their fullest academic potential, explore their creative talents, and join an intellectually, socioeconomically and racially diverse and dynamic community, North Springs fits the bill.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2007

Academics at North Springs is top notch, but don't expect much from administration if there is an issue with one of your children. They seem to be a bit dismissive and disconnected. There seems to be better schools in North Fulton, if you have a choice move up to Alpharetta.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2006

I would definetly say that North Springs High School has been a great benefit for the learning of my daughter. She is taking many honors classes and is being taught side by side with the teachers. All of the students are very nice, and the campus is a safe and clean enviorment!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2006

The environment at NSHS is good and safe. The curriculum is diverse, though block scheduling is ending. The instruction is sometimes excellent, sometimes disinterested and CYA inspired. It is unclear why GHSGT rates for Math and Science are high, but low on EOCT. My child struggled to meet the classroom requirements in those two areas, but his EOCT scores were excellent. If you have a child with special needs (my older child is bipolar), don't go there. Both my kids are gifted visual artists, but not in Art Magnet. The PTSA collects dues, politically insular, does not reach out to parents; the leadership homogenous. The principal is somewhat new to school, great personality, sharp leader, progressive minded, tough exterior, but magnanimous spirit. The school is nice, though located in a cultureless, incorporated city.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2005

As someone who transferred from a small high school, North Springs was quite an adjustment. But after many months of attendance, I rather enjoy it. The curriculum taught is top-notch (even if there are a few poor teachers, but this is to be expected) and the teachers are friendly and care about the students. However, there are a few problems. For one, discipline seems to be selectivley enforced. Some teachers set up strict guidelines, but many times the faculty has dropped the ball with kids roaming the halls during class time and disrespecting peers and teachers. Also, the administration seemingly does not care about extracurricular activity outside of a few major programs and athletics. Lack of funding causes a few clubs to dissolve. Often times events will go by unannounced. Aside from these issues, if you are looking for a school with an array of quality classes, North Springs is your school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 1, 2004

November 1,2004 : My daughter is a senior. From the first day of school I've been impressed with North Springs. The school is clean, the Teachers are Great!!! If you need help with your classes they will come in early and tutor you and also stay afterschool. Dr.Vergueson is a Great Leader if you have a problem she will try her best to get to the source .She's fair and she handles problems in a confidential manner. I Salute You North Springs for being A Great School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2004

North Springs is an academically excellent school. I have two students who are currently attending. The teachers work with the students not only in the class but also outside of the class sponsoring numerous clubs and helping students find meaningful internships and mentor. The performing arts magnet performs exceptional shows. Numerous art students have thier artwork exhibited in places of prominance outside the school. The Math/Science Students have won numerous awards at national levels. The breadth of sports, clubs and afterschool activities is truly impressive. The students are very involved in all aspects of the school. The students have a great community services record. Many of the students were recipients of the President's Volunteer Service Awards. A really great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2004

As a parent of a 9th grade student who had attended private school from 1st grade we are very impressed with North Springs High School. The curriculum is academically challenging, the opportunities both academically, sports and school clubs are immense. The student body is diverse representing many countries and the students are intelligent, well-mannered and welcoming. A great place for students to continue a life-long enjoyment of higher education.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

287 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

289 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

288 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
89%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 80% in 2011.

288 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
90%
Scale: % at or above passing

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) in English language arts, math, science and social studies to students in grade 11. The GHSGT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass all parts of the GHSGT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 95% in 2013.

363 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) to students in grade 11. The GHSWT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass the GHSWT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

9th Grade Literature

The state average for 9th Grade Literature was 86% in 2013.

437 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 30% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
63%
American Literature

The state average for American Literature was 91% in 2013.

364 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

222 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%
Coordinate Algebra

The state average for Coordinate Algebra was 37% in 2013.

381 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

420 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
64%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
62%
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
58%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 83% in 2013.

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
70%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

371 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) in 9th grade math levels 1 and 2, biology, United States history, physical science, American literature and economics. The EOCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 53% 37%
White 29% 44%
Hispanic 13% 12%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 46%N/A51%
Female 54%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Lisa Stueve
Fax number
  • (770) 551-2498

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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7447 Roswell Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30328
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