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Posted February 11, 2014

North Springs is an okay school .Some teachers may give off bad vibes or have heavy accents but you cant expect every teachers to treat you nicely or with respect.They are rude some of the administrators and janitorial team are also rude and incompetent .The education and experience are great if you apply yourself .There isn't really bullying .Sex and drugs would be the same at any other high school.Dr.Ruiz is really cool and interacts with the student to find problems and try to help them.He even taught a class because of a long term absence of a teacher.Very diverse no major racism (you can find racism anywhere).Ive had one problem and thats being singled out for a cheating scandal that i didn't partake in.NS just needs to work on discipline while keeping the actual interests of the students in mind.


Posted January 14, 2014

Very unprofessional, unwelcoming and standoffish Front office staff and counseling staff. If you so happen to have this school as your child home school, expect the worse and hope for better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2013

I heard awful stuff about this place, but honestly, it is not that bad. I heard from many of my teachers, that the new principal, Dr. Ruiz, is turning the school around. They seriously care about how the students do. I am hearing impaired, and in my math class, I could not understand my teacher, with a heavy accent. Therefore, they took the time to move me to another class, so I could understand and succeed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 6, 2013

I can't wait for senior year for my student to come and go next year! This has been the most unorganized school I have ever been involved with and I have 2 older students that went to different high schools so I have experience there. Maybe if you are in honors or AP classes it is better, but if you are in on level or have an IEP you are on your own. No one follows up in a timely manner and it is obvious no one in administration will do anything about incompetent teachers. Make copies of all your work because it is likely to be lost repeatedly. I regret not having transferred my student somewhere else in mid 10th grade. There are a few good teachers there that care, but I honestly don't know how they stay there and deal with all the disfunction and disorganization at the school. My child would say the same as me and also can't wait to be out of a school where many ,but not all, of her teachers have been incompetent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2013

It's funny how most of the parents are saying bad things about North Springs, but they're not a student so they know absolutely nothing about it. Just because you're child or you (if you were a student) had a horrible experience, doesn't make it a horrible school and it doesn't make it the same experience for everyone else. I absolutely LOVE North Springs! This is my junior year and I've enjoyed every moment of North Springs. The faculty, staff and students are so diverse. We LITERALLY have students from everywhere. I'm Nigerian and there are Nigerian kids that I can communicate with, along with students who are from Hawaii, Taiwan, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Brazil, Cuba, and other foreign countries. I'm blessed to say that I went to North Springs. I'm not going to say that North Springs is perfect because we most definitely do have major problems, but no school is perfect, and all schools have major problems, some more severe than ours. The Magnet Program and the Academic Program push the students harder to get the diploma that the want like the Academic, Advanced, or Magnet Diploma if they work really hard. All I'm saying is don't knock it 'til you try it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 16, 2013

This school is an absolutely the worst place for a student to attend! The teacher's & staff NEVER return phone calls & e-mails.My honor's & gifted student who skipped two graded attended for one semester & became very depressed and ill from being there. I had to take her out so that her stellar academic record will not suffer even more. Her grades started to drop because of the lack of organization & disrespect from a teacher. Not to mention when her teacher's ever decided to show up. Dr. Stueve is the most ineffective & hands off principal that I have ever met. Some teacher will find the need NOT to put grades in for several weeks & blame your kid,to cover up their inability to keep a grade sheet, grades mysteriously changed. It took me months & several calls to the Fulton superintendent to get any type resolution & a call back from staff. It took me 2 months to get a report card and 4 months for transcripts. My child's current school had to fix their mistakes although she was ahead 1 year prior to attending NSHS. We hated this place so much we moved back to our home state & my child is SAFE & is excelling. The Latin teacher is the best ! Poor leadership,poor teacher's ='s NSHS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2013

The school has a horrible administration and all the great teachers have either left or are leaving. What is wrong with the Fulton County School Board and Leadership at the county level that would allow the administration to run off the best and brightest of teachers? It is really a horrible place for students and teachers. Do not send your child currently to North Springs Charter High School.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 23, 2013

I enjoy going to North Springs, it's just not as amazing as I thought it would be. They widely promote the magnet program, but when you get to school no one even knows about it. None of the teachers have a clue about next year's academies, which I have been very confused about. I am in two on-level classes, math and spanish, and the kids are HORRIBLE. The teachers are not even trying to make these kids learn. A lot of my friends agree that the on-level classes are awful and you can't learn anything. The honors classes, on the other hand, are wonderful! The teachers are great and they engage the students so everyone doesn't just learn, but actually has fun in the class. Even if you aren't an honors student normally, take an honors class because the teachers will really help you learn the stuff. All in all, North Springs averages out to be an okay school, it could be better!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 12, 2012

THIS SCHOOL IS JUST . . HMMM NOT AS GREAT AS THEY SAY IT IS . The school is dirty and filled with roaches crawling all up the walls , locker rooms, and bathrooms . There is never tissue in the bathrooms and the toilets are GROOOSSS ! Janitorial staff is slacking on the cleaniness. The teachers aren't as bad, except how they don't communicate very clearly and dont follow up with you. I feel as a student uncomfortable going here, It's unclean and just a bunch of lies that were in the magnet contract . I feel as if this school is a waste , the counselors won't change your schedule so you can have the classes that you need to graduate and complete for your college pathway. This needs alot improvement and I clearly see there is no Charter . You lost that along time away , because you wouldn't be suffereing for funding things at the school .
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 6, 2012

DO NOT AND I REPEAT DO NOT ...enroll your student at this school, UNLESS.....you want to pay (HIGH) fees to a school that is portraying itself as a "CHARTER" school!! Do the research, they lost this a long time ago due their LOW scores! Also if you want your children influenced by ALL the other "BAD" students there! Oh lets not leave out the caring Administration, that will NEVER solve any issue that may arise with your student, The wonderful Principal that NEVER returns phones calls, until SHE feels ready, the other staff that once your child have an issue (they label them as the problem) instead of getting to the root of the issue! This school is a "JOKE" academically and sports wise.....this school could possibly recover if: they clean house by replacing administration and allowing ONLY district children to attend the school......."if" you are considering this school...RECONSIDER...READ THE OTHER REVIEWS AND IF YOU NOTICE MOST OF THE PARENTS ALL HAVE THE SAME ISSUES
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2012

My child had great potential and was selected to attend the Magnet program. Unfortunately the Magnet program is a ruse, where achieving students are used to improve the grade level of a school with very low performing general students. This program is there only so that the school can get better government funding. Unfortunately for my child, he was pulled down by the general population at the school and did not end up performing very well. The teachers and staff don't have much interest in the students, and we found it very hard to get ANY information from anyone. We found the school very apathetic.. Don't send your child here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2011

Leadership is a problem here. I feel like teachers and parents should work together to make a successful student...and while they SAY that's what they are all about, they're not. I know from personal experience. I've tried to contact at least two different teachers and actually had one write a very insulting email about me intended for the principle, but she accidentally sent it to me instead. I know EXACTLY what they think of parents who are trying to be involved...and Lisa Stueve did nothing. I didn't even get an apology. Needless to say, I pulled my daughter out of there. Her grades have improved and she said she is much happier at her new school as she complained about how the teachers/staff and students interact with each other. No respect. No leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2011

Average academic school. Some great teachers, but most are just fair. The school lacks leadership where it's principal is concerned. Dr Lisa Stueve is between fair and in competent at best. Several good teachers have left the school because of her inability to lead. Will not be sending our next child to this school next year unless there is a change in leadership at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

North Springs is a magnet school for both math/science and performing arts. I am proud to have had all four of my children attend there for at least some part of their high school careers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2009

North Springs High Shool is Excellent!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2009

I have had one child graduate from NSCHS and another still there. I can say from personal experience that this is a top notch school in every respect. North Springs teaches individuals how to get along in the real world. We had our choice to go to another North Fulton School without diversity, but this school is much more appealing. Academically, both children have gotten excellent educations. My oldest scored close to perfect on the SAT's because of the strong education received at this school. The teachers motivated as they educate. This school allows students the freedom of being true to themselves. Acceptance is a top attraction of this school. Because of the diversity of interests, everyone fits in somewhere. I couldn't be happier that my children chose to attend this magnet school. An added bonus is the new, amazing principal that came this past year. She listens to parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2009

I have two children that attend this school. I am very pleased with the school. I moved here a year ago and I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to find a quality school for my children. North Springs is great. I am happy that we chose this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2009

I have 2 daughters at NSHS. This is a very good school! The magnet program is top notch!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2008

northsprings high is a great school,but there jv football team coaches are really bad,and it seems that the head coach parks does not care about the jv team theres no support at all for these children,this is very sad,my son could not wait to play his 1st high school football,this has been a nightmare,and his spirit has been crushed
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2008

Sorry for making two posts, but one thing I forgot to mention was one reviewer said the regular classes are 'complete chaos' and 'no learning takes place'. That's complete bogus. Speaking from person experience in both honors and regular classes (as a matter of fact, I've had at least one of each for every subject), I can say that the regular classes are NOT chaos, they simply lack the same atmosphere and motivation as the honors classes. The kids just seem to be more apathetic towards school and whatever we're learning but the actual teaching is not all that different and all the teachers are still great people who care about the students. Again, if you're in honors classes, North Springs is as good as any public or private school in Atlanta. If you're in regular classes, it is still above average but would be very boring for very bright kids.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

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95%

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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.

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90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%
Algebra I

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

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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.

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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.

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n/a

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n/a

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60%

2010

 
 
62%
Integrated Math II

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

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44%

2010

 
 
58%
Physical Science

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

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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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Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Health & athletics

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  • 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
Phone: (770) 551-2490

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