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North Junior High School

Public | 7-9 | 896 students

 

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Posted May 31, 2014

I go to North currently, and for the most part I love it. Currently in 8th grade, the etchers are great. Go Blue Wave! The school is okay when it comes to bullying, and the clubs are not so good. For me, bullying has been a big issue. There are only a few people at this school who aren't stuck-up rich kids with a love of hurting people. There is a problem with cliques, and like I said before, in FCA (fellowship of christian athletes) all the populars come and steal the free pizza. I am a strong christian and i don't go anymore because there is no longer a safe spot in that club. I have only a few friends, but the teachers are amazing. I have to say that inappropriate behavior and drugs are a large number in this school, and that it is hard to avoid people involved in them.


Posted May 19, 2014

I love this school. I went here all 3 years and it was the best junior high in the valley, no doubt. You don't want your kids going to east. That area is either very wealthy or extremely poor. This creates a lot of chaos and separation. North is welcoming and there's a group for everyone. I highly recommend it.


Posted May 10, 2014

This school is really good when it comes academically you could be below or above and still have really good grades. However some teachers are not like this and tend not to help out at all and then you fail there class or quizzes that everyone else did fail. As well this school is the most dysfunctional school the dress code and cell phone law are outrages. The principle and assistant principle don't do anything about people breaking dress code or cell phone laws . The drug problem got really extremely bad this year and I'm thinking about moving schools probably to east a better functional school.


Posted January 26, 2014

My youth enjoyed the crowd of kids at North. The only complaint we have is the amount of negative talk between teachers about students. This school is set up in teams. In my experience the teachers got together sharing information about a student . The gossip about students by the teachers are about equal to the gossip by students about students. About half of the teachers are great teachers. Two im particular who are fantastic teachers are Mrs.Williams and Mr. Rowe. Fun people, who clearly enjoy their jobs! The P.E. Teachers are fantastic as well. If you can afford to enroll your child in a private or art school, I highly recommend that you do so. My child's least favorite subjects were due to the "teacher's tone and sarcasm". Specifically Mrs. Goddard. Be careful if you are trusting your youth to get to school on their own. Although it is a school zone, many drivers are in such a hurry to get downtown or to Boise High School, I have seen MANY scarey situations. Little attention for traffic control, including chaos of dropping off kids on three sides of the school. There is no enforcement or organization for drop off.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2013

BTD at BHS but now I am ALOL. Dr. T thinks she is the HBIC. The reality is the students are in charge. Last year I found a memo with names of teachers being replaced, I copied it and put it in the teachers mail boxes. WTFGDA! The ADMIN was accusing teachers for the next week, and WAFM! So then my BFF and I wrote a letter urging teachers to get out of the BIZ. Another storm where the ADMIN thought the teachers were F**king themselves. WAFM! No, I am pretty sure the students run NJHS, or should we call it SNAFU!


Posted November 20, 2013

North JHS used to be a great school before the era of Dr. Thaemert and Steve Novotny. The school went from a 4 star rating to a 3 star this past year and will probably drop again. The students now run the school not the admin or teachers. Custodians have found alcohol containers in the bathrooms after break, students are trapping teachers with cell phone recordings, Novotny flirts with the reading and French teachers rather than do his job, discipline is at an all time low, there have been multiple teacher scandals. The one positive thing is that if you ask the administration to move your kid if they don't like a teacher they will do it for you no problem. This is key because some of the teachers will give out EOC study guides that resemble the test or are the exact test. This is an advantage when it comes to your child's over all grade point average. After all they are all competing for scholarships. If you can get a permission to attend, go to East! North is falling apart!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2013

I used to go to NJHS back in the day. I have been away for a couple years and I have moved back to the area. It is a shame that North has gone down hill. It used to be a great school. Thanks for the previous comment, I will look into East for my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2012

My child transferred to North from a small school and easily adapted. Each grade is divided into two teams with one set of teachers assigned to that team. It's like having six small schools. For kids who wish to accelerate, they can still take full advantage of TVMSc and upper grade classes. I completely agree with the other parents re: children with learning disabilities. They are decades behind the research and the law in dealing with special needs kids. Boise School District in general prefers to deny services rather than comply.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2012

My 7th Grade Student is having a lot of fun at North Jr. High. He has some challenging classes, and some that are giving him social benefits. I really love the school's orchestra! (I also enrolled him at TVMSC, which is much more challenging)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2011

My daughter attended catholic school 1st through 5th grade followed by one year at a public charter (with plans to become IB) prior to enrolling at North for 7th grade. We are very impressed with the staff, counselors and faculty. The transition from small, private to big public has been far less stressful than anticipated. North really cares. They listen. They're rewriting the book for "public education". Don't waste your money or worse, your childs education on private/charter schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2011

I agree with the individual who stated that if your child does not struggle in school, North will be a good school for them. However, if your child has special needs, it is a constant struggle to get them the services they are supposed to have. My step-child has Asperger's and was an A-B student until he attended North. His grades then plummeted to D and F's. We were told he was "defiant". While this can be true some of the time, as a special educator myself, I know that most of his issues were that of his educational team not being aware of how to handle his issues and (it appears) not wanting to learn. Trying to get the school to provide accommodations (not excuses, accommodations) was like pulling teeth. Needless to say, we have moved him to another school that we feel will fit his needs far better for this school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2009

Great school all around. I am happy to have my child go to North. There is many activities and great teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2008

I think this is a great school if you have a child who is good in school. I think it offers very little for kids who have behavioral issues. There seems to be very little education or help for kids who are struggling.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

The state average for Language Usage was 75% in 2013.

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

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86%

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82%

2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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67%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
61%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 75% in 2013.

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

292 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2013.

292 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 62% in 2013.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2013.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students86%
Female85%
Male87%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Special education53%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)33%
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students86%
Female80%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Special education42%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)20%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students95%
Female95%
Male95%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Special education83%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)60%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students67%
Female62%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asian80%
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Special education26%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)7%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students85%
Female89%
Male81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Special education20%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)33%
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students83%
Female80%
Male85%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Special education33%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)33%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students96%
Female97%
Male95%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Special education67%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)67%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students78%
Female83%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asian72%
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Special education10%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)11%
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students83%
Female82%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asian78%
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Special education10%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)28%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students92%
Female93%
Male91%
African Americann/a
Asian78%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Special education70%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)28%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 78%
Hispanic 8% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
Black 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production
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needs to be verified by school leaders.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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Phone: (208) 854-5740

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