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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
Great school all around. I am happy to have my child go to North. There is many activities and great teachers.
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.
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