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2950 Chaneyville Rd
Owings, MD 20736

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December 06, 2014
Our fourth child is currently attending Northern High, a sophomore, graduating in 2017. Our first child graduated in 2008, our second in 2010, our third in 2014. I cannot say enough good things about the math program!! They have a fabulous AP Calc teacher, our child's junior year class, AP Calc AB all received 4's and 5's on the AP exam. Our second child goofed off in 8 and 9 grades and so the school made him take 2 periods of math to remediate, lost 1 elective, which was the best thing that could have happened!! He did great in Honors Trig by his Senior year. All those years my kids loved their math teachers. AP offerings are Lit, Lang, Calc AB, Calc BC Physics, Bio, World Lit, US Hist, Gov, Music and more. Orchestra is awesome! English hit and miss, but generally good, wish they emphasized more classics to help prepare for college. History is fabulous, Science good but not as strong as Math and History. Facility is older, getting a new one. Great offerings for journalism, broadcasting, chamber choir. Many good families at this school, our student feels safe. LOTS of homework, not busywork projects. Prepared our children well for college!!

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January 03, 2014
My daughter went to NHS all four years. She took AP history and AP English. She hardly ever had homework. She did great on her SAT scores. We thought she was ready for college. However when she got there she was never taught how to write a paper. How to do the research or to site and how to format a paper. For a student who got good grades and was going to her counselor to make she was on the write path, the teachers did not do their job, luckily my husband was able to teach her and help her with her first paper be cause she had no clue on how to do a paper. It was a long weekend but he taught her cause teachers did not!!! Unacceptable!

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November 14, 2013
The academics at the school are excellent. The way some of the sports programs are coached on the other hand leaves a lot to be desired. In many instances, it is a good old boy-network where if you and your family aren't juiced in your child probably won't have a fair shake at participation. My child's coach fostered inappropriate treatment of my child and others and has actively participated in gossip about other parents and children on the team that they have had issues with. Recommend the school for academics, SGA, Class Council, FBLA and some sports. I would suggest that you do your research on the particular sport's program your child is interested in before they tryout or it could be detrimental to their well-being.

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October 24, 2013
It looks like a lot has changed. I went to NHS 15 years ago and it was a joke. I was completely unprepared for college. I don't even remember doing any work there. It was overcrowded with unqualified teachers teaching core subjects. Hopefully things have indeed changed. I had a great time in my high school years but definitely did not get a quality education from NHS.

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August 20, 2013
The school is great but old. It is supposed to be replaced on site in 2014. Sports are o.k. Our son was well prepared for the SATs. Science and math were notable high points.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2010
This school has its ups and downs just like any other normal school, but this school has taught me so much! In every subject and the teachers can be a bit mean at times but if you are on their good sides then they will help so much! The school as a whole has great students & staff. But the school building needs to be rebuilt because the hallways and everything is so small!

- submitted by a student
August 12, 2010
I can't say enough good things about Northern High School. Of course it has some issues to work out, but the good far outweighs the bad. After attending a private school from K-8th grade, I reluctantly enrolled my daughter at Northern High School. Thankfully, it turned out to be the best choice I could have made. For anyone that seeks it, the curriculum can be challenging, but definitely prepares the student for college life. The majority of teachers are assets to the school and well qualified to teach the AP classes my daughter was enrolled in. Finally, her guidance counselor was always accessible and helped my daughter to create and execute a college prep plan that enabled her to obtain a very large scholarship from the college of her choice. I can honestly say that Northern High School far exceeded my expectations.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2010
So far I have been pleased at the education my son is getting at NHS. Most of his teachers are great, but not all. The FBLA program has really helped him stay on track. He's even going to take an AP class next year (10th). He doesn't fit in the AP box, go teachers for seeing outside the box. Art classes so so. FL only good if you good at it, don't really teach. The management staff is quick to judge and don't lesson to the kids. The principal is one of the worst. Lunch hours are horable and the herd the kids like cattle.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2010
alum of this school and I believe that I could not have received a better education.

- submitted by a community member
November 05, 2009
Strong programming and great experiences with the guidance counselors & most teachers. The leadership leaves much to be desired, though. Still, my daughter has progressed and experienced a wide bearth of educational opportunities which the school has provided. Facility upgrades are a need. Not the best but far from the worst school.

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November 03, 2009
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October 20, 2009
I'm forced to go here for the time being, I'm a junior and I'm new. The kids are not inviting and the hour lunch is miserable. I wish I never even knew this place existed.

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August 23, 2009
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July 26, 2009
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May 30, 2009
I attended Northern for all 4 years of high school, and through most of my schooling I felt pushed through, like the teachers did not really care about whether or not I understood, as long as I passed. The administration is very strict about their rules IF you are not popular. For example- I got in trouble for wearing capris under a short skirt. Other girls did not get in trouble for wearing opaque tights under short skirts. However, there are some genuinely good teachers at NHS, who really do care about their students. The theatre, dance, and foreign language programs are all very good. Twilight school is offered to student who are failing Biology and Algebra 1, which gives them a chance to actually learn the material, and replace their 1st and 2nd quarter grades. Many scholarship opportunities were made available to me. Overall- good for parents, average for students.

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May 29, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 02, 2009
All my children attended NHS and all got scholarships in college! Great school!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2009
i give northern this low average becuase the atitudes of some teachers are awful

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March 24, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 18, 2009
i love it as a freshman you get the whole 'oh we are seniors get out of our way' kinda thing but thats only in the begining of the year then they are kind a just like what ever. The classes are great. Some classes u might even have with upperclassman. You make friends easily. its an all around great enviroment.

- submitted by a student
December 11, 2008
This school is amazing no matter what people say i really enjoy waking up going to school and its really fun any body would enjoy going there no matter who you are or where you are from and there are things to do after school for whatever you want to do or love to do and it gives you an option to experience things you never thought you would enjoy doing

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May 28, 2008
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May 18, 2008
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May 18, 2008
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May 08, 2008
I love Northern. The kids are great, the clubs are extremely fun and well organized. I love going to this school. Getting up early is a burden but once I get in school, it's a blast. My teachers are great and the support staff is friendly. I couldn't image going to another school.

- submitted by a student
April 16, 2008
I am a student at NHS and I find that this school leaves much to b desired. If you are considering sending your kid here, I advise against it. You child will be judged, put in a social and academic box, and kept there. If you want your kid to be properly educated and enjoy his/her high school career, do not send him/her here.

- submitted by a student
no rating February 13, 2008
Has been a very good school thus far.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2007
I have found that my child loves this school. She has become more envolved acedemically, socialy, and athletically.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2007
We have been extremely pleased with the academic program here at NHS. Our kids are always involved in a sport, club or cultural event sponsored by the school. The Staff pays close attention to the needs of the kids and are very open to parent questions and recommendations. Being a military family, we move often and rate this school as one of the best we've been involved with.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2006
One of our children graduated from Northern and is excelling in college. Her success is college is built on the quality of her preparation for college level classes while at Northern. The AP classes truly prepare students for college level work and expectations. In particular, the AP English courses force practice in critical reading and writing skills which are essential in college studies. Our younger child, who is a junior at Northern, is following a similar path and already understands the value of Northern's academic rigor. Northern does a better job of preparing kids for college than most private schools.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2006
I am a parent of children that attended Northern High School. My children had been in a private school prior. It took me by surprise that they initially struggled academically;which reflects the actual state of some private schools. The teachers at Northern are much more qualified with a higher percentage having advanced degrees on top of their certification. Northern has an equally high percentage of parents being involved and it is reflected in the student body.

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November 10, 2005
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March 22, 2005
I am a student at Northern High and it is a great environment to live and learn in. The teachers are great, there are lots of sports and activities to be active with. The music department is great, and the marching band is one of the best around. The curriculums really challange me as a person, which is good, and I feel that if I wasn't able to keep up, my teachers would be there and support me. That's why Northern High is a great school.

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March 08, 2005
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Northern High School
2950 Chaneyville Rd, Owings, MD  20736
(410) 257-1519
Last modified Northern High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Northern High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top