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Norcross High School

Public | 9-12 | 3272 students

 

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Posted August 2, 2014

I have attended Norcross High for the past two years and honestly this school is nothing how it used to be. All of the adminstrators are rude and dont even listen to the students .Futhermore the teachers are trash and dont care about the students . i have recently moved schools and now i will be attending Duluth High where things are a lot different and honestly im happy i left.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 24, 2014

First, I would like to state that I am a student who attends Norcross. I am graduating this year with a 3.5 GPA and I'm also accepted to UGA. Almost all of these ratings refer to the IB and AP programs at Norcross, however they do not speak of the other academics. It is a terrible school from my point of view. The majority of students are very uneducated to be honest. There are constantly fights in the hall ways, gym or any other area of the school. My freshman class was nearly double my graduating class (little of 40% dropout). It's impossible to be in elective you would actually like. The counseling office is a joke, it is nearly impossible to get any schedule changes. Out of my 4 years here I can also say I have only had 3 or 4 good teachers out of roughly 28 that I have had. If you have the opportunity to send your kid anywhere else in the Alpharetta/Johns Creek area I would strongly recommend it. They may not have the "high AP and IB" scores but your child will receive a better education.


Posted April 20, 2013

Caters to the children! Awesome school! Students walk in the school with a smile! My son attends this school and he loves it! The teachers are so caring and I believe the students are spoiled. The academics are also great (World School) and my son is an honor student. If you are a good parent and you stay connected with the teachers/school - this school may work for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

Great experiences with all three of my children. All were not on the AP/IB track, but have received all of the devoted attention from their teachers and administrators that we could ask for. Facilities are terrific and improving even more, thanks to the Foundation. Don't think that being a Title 1 school is a bad thing, when the money is invested as wisely as these administrators have used their resources. Crowding and class size could use some help, but then everyone wants to be a Blue Devil!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2012

Another great Gwinnett County School! This school has the best teachers and administrators ever! It has everything a student needs to succeed. Diversity, clubs, sports, band and much, much more!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2011

Norcross is one of the greatest HS in Georgia. Great administration, great teachers and a great student body not to mention its supported by a great community!!! Go Blue Devils!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2010

I have 4 children that have all gone thru the system, from Simpson Elementary, Pickneyville Middle, and Norcross High. I can say the quality of education they received has been fantastic. Each in their own were challenged by the classes, teachers, and the work. All received help from the teachers when needed, and I might add when requested. The staff at these schools are there, working hard for the students to make sure they are successful not only in the classroom but in the world. Administration takes Education very seriously and it shows in the feel you get when you enter the Schools. The programs offered are state of the art along with current technology. Let us not forget, we as parents must also, help educate our children in order for them to be successful in life. We as parents, must support the schools and volunteer when they need assistance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2010

I have been going to this school for almost a year. They are always boosting about how good of a school they are when in fact it's only the Honors and other higher classes. The CP Classes are trash, There Nothing compared to my old high school where there CP classes are at the same level or higher than the Honor Classes here. I'm passing all my classes with A's without putting any effort . I hope the Honors classes will be better as all my CP class teachers think am some genius and recommended me to Honors. Also I didn't like that the consoler didn't let me take the classes I wanted they force me in electives that I wasn't interested in. Also 6 class schedule is ridiculous they should switch to a block schedule of 4 classes so you get to take more classes in a year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

The teaching staff is simply awesome to work with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2009

Amazing to read such a negative review. My son graduated in 2005 and my niece is currently in the tenth grade at NHS and loves it. Last year at a basketball game I ran into my son's senior year math teacher who told me that seven NEW kids had just been placed in his class...all from the $15K a year private school across the street, a result of the bad economy. He shared that none of these transferring kids were up to speed in math and really had to play catch up. We did not expect teachers or counselors to do parenting of our kids...we did that ourselves. When we were involved with NHS, the counseling was great, and I never had a problem getting an appointment. My brother and sister in law don't have any complaints, and they could afford private school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2009

My child just graduated from Norcross High, class of 2009. This school has done nothing but turn for the worst within the past four years. The schools administration is all talk no action. They constantly threaten students with disciplinary action and turn around and don't do a thing. Kids are constantly roaming the hallways and these are upperclassmen! They talk to teachers and administrators any way they want as if they're friends. This school went from a descent well know school to a ghetto cry for help. Its not even about the school being mostly black, they just simply do not care. I wouldn't recommend this school to a soul until they turn themselves back around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2009

The average rating only has to do with the administration and counselors at the school. It takes two or three weeks to contact or get a call back about any issue. Our children were promoted to NHS from a feeder middle school; the set schedules were all messed up and it took several weeks to even get a response. One counseler even said he had 1,000 students and didn't have time to discuss the issue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2008

I cannot be more impressed with the quality of education at NHS. The IB program is very challenging and the variety of activities is very extensive. I have one student in the Band program and one who plays football. Friends have children in the drama program and in student leadership. The extension of the IB program into the feeder middle schools and, more recently, into Peachtree Elementary will only enhance the academic experience for students. Submitted by a parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2007

I cannot be more impressed with Norcross High. I have a total of 12 years' experience with NHS (3 daughters, 4 years each), and can testify to the dedicated teachers, the highly responsive administrators, the quality of the curriculum, and the preparation they received for acceptance to Ivy League colleges. The IB program is the gold standard of high school education, and Norcross pioneered it in the state. It is now a part of the middle school, which will make kids even better prepared to maximize their learning experience at Norcross. Another big plus is the sports programs, with teams often ranked #1 in Georgia. There is so much fun to be had at Norcross. It is a very focused, challenging, and satisfying school. Whenever an area of weakness is identified, it is promptly addressed. This school wants to be the best in the nation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2007

We have had a top-notch experience through all the Norcross schools - Simpson Elementary, Pinckneyville Middle and Norcross High. Our daughter graduated in 2006 at the top of her class with honors, and received a scholarship to college. She remains on the Dean's List due mostly to the top quality education and preparations she received through the years. The band program is the best in the state! There is something there for everyone, and all are encouraged to be involved. All through the Norcross schools, parents are the most involved I have ever experienced. Norcross keeps raising the bar, and the students and parents rise along with it. Our kids have received many compliments over the years for their academic successes, and their respect for themselves and others. We are so glad we were steered towards this area when we moved here from the Detroit area back in 1993!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2006

My son started attending Norcross High School in Fall of 2003. I was so pleased with the attention that he received from his teachers as well as the coaches.(They wanted him to succeed). I was able to rest when my daughter entered into the 9th Grade in 2005 because of the quality of service that was given to my son. Norcross High is an excellent school. I'm quite sure they have flaws but what school doesn't.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2006

School has excellent opportunities available for the top students including an effective IB Program and AP, Gifted and Honors courses. Extracuricular activities are on a par with other schools. Parental involvement is adequate and more heavily weighted towards the top students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2006

My 2 daughters both graduated from Norcross High, one from the old building class of '98 and one from the new class of '04. I can honestly say that they both recieved the best education as well as high school experiance. Please don't confuse 'big' with over crowded. The school offers something for every child there, it is up to the students and parents to take advantage of it. My daughters were both in the band program and I was an active band parent. Being at the school and interacting with the kids proved to me that an excellent public education is not only possible, but a realality at Norcross.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2005

If you want to see a crowded school go to Dacula. Norcross is still several hundred students under capacity. The administration is great. The principal and athletic director are equally supportive of every extracurricular that goes on at Norcross. It's no wonder our athletic director was the state's Athletic Director of the Year for 2004-2005. Norcross truly lives up to it's motto, 'Soaring to excellence on the wings of diversity.' I am currently a senior at Norcross and can honestly say I am so glad I spent my four years at such a diverse and successful school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2005

I'm not a parent yet but I am a Graduating senior tonight! 'Class Of 2005' I moved to Norcross when I was 5. I started kindergarden here in the Norcross cluster. Norcross has bought me in the city and taken care of me. Norcross has the best community ever. The family, students, teachers are wonderful. I will never forget my experices going to Norcross High. If you have never heard of Norcross, Georgia it is a very historical place. It was one of the major train stops and really big on baseball. There are many historic sites in historic Norcross. I am actually lucky to live in Historic Norcross. I got to learn a lot about this city. The mayor is amazing and has made this city a wonderful place to live. I wish Norcross the best!
—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.

577 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

546 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

575 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
90%
Social Studies

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

574 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
89%
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.

765 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

925 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
78%
Algebra I

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

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American Literature

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

903 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

944 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
69%
Coordinate Algebra

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

874 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

471 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
68%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

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

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2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
68%
Integrated Math II

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

411 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
65%
Physical Science

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

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U.S. History

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

812 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
64%
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
Hispanic 34% 12%
Black 32% 37%
White 23% 44%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 3%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Jonathan Patterson
Fax number
  • (770) 447-2664

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Flag football
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Lacrosse
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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5300 Spalding Dr
Norcross, GA 30092
Phone: (770) 448-3674

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