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North Point High School

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Posted June 25, 2014

North Point is a great modernized school. The teachers, staff and administration are very helpful and responds to your concerns. My daughter will now be a junior and and enjoys her classes, teachers, friends and STI program. This will be our third year and have no complaints. Go Eagles!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2014

North Point High School in my opinion is one of the best schools in Charles County if you need help with anything they would take there time with you help you figure out what's wrong and won't stop until you feel right with what's wrong


Posted September 11, 2013

My son is a freshman at North Point High School in Waldorf, MD and, so far, we are impressed with the school, the administration, and the programs available to students. North Point is aesthetically pleasing and is located far away from retail establishments. This feature dramatically reduces the possibility for anyone not affiliated with the school to be near school grounds, thus reducing the risk of violence and crime. The administration is robust and engaged. When my family attended freshman orientation, it was obvious that the educators and staff liked what they do. This is important because this will enable the teachers and staff to administer lessons and procedures to the students in a positive way, enhancing their educational experience. North Point's STI programs offer something for all students' interests. From the beginning, I was impressed with the interview/selection process for admission into the programs. This is my family's first experience with public school and and this process convinced me that the STI students are held to a higher standard, similar to that of private school students. It is still early in the school year but, so far, so good!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

My school has hard working teachers who go far and beyond with their students. I am very happy to be a parent of a student attending this school..Horay for the Principal and Staff for a wonderful job theey are doing
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2013

North Point is alright. Of course it has it's ups and downs, but overall the school is a great experience. I am currently a junior at North Point and I am proud to say that North Point is a great school, with its many programs to choose from and the 1 hour lunch to expand our learning experience and to relieve some stress throughout the day. But now with many of the teachers that originally made up North Point gone and with a great principal gone, the school is starting to decline. I am afraid that the new students and teachers will take North Point for granted and will ultimately turn North Point into a bad school. If someone wants to go to a great school in Charles County, North Point is a great pick. Just remember that don't be so ignorant and careless just because North Point is one of the top schools in the county, because North Point's greatness is made up by the students and faculty. Although I'll leave North Point next year, I will always be proud that I was an Eagle.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 12, 2012

My son attended North Point in 2009 through 2012. He loved the school and had dozens of friends. The school gave him many opportunities to take AP classes and when he graduated he had completed 10 AP classes. He received 8 fives and 2 fours on his AP tests while at North Point. I my opinion it is the best school in Southern Maryland. He is now attending RPI in New York.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2012

The person who made the report on November 5, 2011 should check their facts. The FACT is that the annual HSA scores of Northpoint is higher than Westlake see http://mdreportcard.org/rschool.aspx?K=08AAAA&WDATA=school- know your facts before printing your opinion. You are correct that Westlake SAT scores were higher but you must also look at by how much and the population that actually took the SAT. Westlake in 2011 had 63 students with the Mean score being 1484 and North Point had 322 students with the Mean being 1445...really 39 points will not make a difference in college acceptance. 63 students vs 322 students taking the test makes a difference and I would rather have more graduating students taking the test than not taking the test for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2012

I am a parent and a teacher at North Point. I am new to the area but I am beyond impressed with North Point. I teach an STI program and my child is in the regular high school. I like the fact that there are many electives to choose from as well as a strong curriculum with high standards from the teachers and administration. To top it off the school has school spirit comparable to a college atmosphere. #NPNATION
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 5, 2011

I personally do not understand what is so great about the school. Everyone wants to go there just because it is new. They do offer a science and tech program which is definitely impressive but if you look at the regular high school program itself, it is by some means subpar. Compare North Point's SAT scores with neighboring Westlake High School, and Westlake's annual scores are significantly higher. By no means am I "knocking" this school, but am just submitting this review to address some of then common misconceptions about this place. New is not always better (especially when half or more of the "regular" courses reside in TRAILERS).
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 2, 2011

north point is the best! from the hour long lunch, to the awesome teachers, to the athletics. its all around awesome. the classes are hard, but the teachers make it manageable and are understanding. my science teacher understood i had some things going on that were really distracting in my social life, and gave me a small extension for a huge project.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 22, 2011

I love this school my daughter takes the Criminal Justice Program there and she loves it especially her insrtuctor. The teachers are wonderful.At North Point it's like being with your family you always feel welcome and the support from the students and the staff during their sports is trmendous the students are very proud of there school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2010

North Point High School is the best you can get in Charles County. The academic focus is on college and careers, which presents problems with scheduling if a student wishes to take certain electives. Even if the student is working to be a professional musician, counselors will push and push to put your STI classes before your music class. The best thing about NPHS is the supportive environment. As a community, our school is extremely respectful of differences. Bullying is not a huge problem here. In other Charles County high schools, bullying is a major problem. At NPHS, you are not punished by your peers for getting good grades, answering questions in class, etc. If you quickly learn which teachers will screw you over and which teachers will fight for your well being, NPHS will be home to some of the best years of your life.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 9, 2010

All I got when I graduated from high school was a piece of paper. My child came out of NPHS with a great career. BUT, if your kid goes to NPHS, watch thier grades. Too many times I had to battle with teachers over their subjective classroom rules, random grading policies and errors/omissions in my child's report cards. Classroom teachers were chronically unprepared for scheduled meetings, nonetheless the principal ALWAYS sided with them. I was always treated like a second-class citizen by those teachers and principal. The Guidance Counsleors lacked even a dollop of common sense. Kudos for the SkillsUSA programs and teachers, who somehow manage to plow ahead amidst the sea of arrogant classroom teachers and spineless administrators. Check the number of finalists in the regional, state, and national SkillsUSA competitions and you will see exactly what makes this school shine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2010

North Point HS have excellent programs and good ideas to keep the children active in this community. However, the school is overcrowded which frustrates some teachers and students. While the majority of the teachers are good some only want students who catch on quickly or can teach themselves. This is a problem because students are there to learn. This becomes it is a race for numbers to be the best rather than teach children. The no bullying policy in an overcrowded schools makes it hard to watch which students are being bullied. And while we would like to think that all the children are perfect students they are not. And an overcrowded school does not help. North Point HS staff intend well but they need more help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

The education and learning opportunities here at North Point cannot be matched at any other school in Charles County. I would honestly never trade for any other school. Though the curriculum is extremely challegening, it has prepared me for the future like nothing else would have been able to. Though some teachers have made it difficult, it has been well worth it. Woohoo class of 2010!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 12, 2010

I am a student here, this school prepares you for the real world, it has good programs and classes. The school is big, and the limit on time between classes teaches you time management and responsibility. The school is strict and has rules like: if you were to get 2 unexcused absences or 6 tardies in a class, you fail that class for the quarter and the highest you can get is a 59%. It is possible to fail all of your classes for the quarter. The sports and activities don't interfere with school. I am on the track team and have all A's, and the 3 or 4 state championships in the 4 1/2 years the school has been open. The faculty are kind and easy to talk to. Everyday the principle Mrs. Hill stands in the hallway and greets the students as they walk in the building.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 21, 2010

it is overcrowed and the kids arent learning anything because the lacking of classroom control....
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 23, 2010

While all highschools have their issues, North Point's programs, students, and teacher body are excellent and inviting. The up-to-date technology is a bonus too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 23, 2009

North Point high school has a great biotechnology program! I love all of the labs we get to do because of the block scheduling and the teachers are just great!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 22, 2009

Its the best hischool around. the teachers are great and the facility's are too! our football team; freshman,jv,and varsity all rock too!
—Submitted by a parent


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

Grade level

Algebra

The state average for Algebra was 84% in 2013.

537 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

2012

 
 
96%

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>=95%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

543 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
English II

The state average for English II was 83% in 2013.

545 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) to test students in English 2, Algebra, and Biology upon completion of each course. The HSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. Students are required to pass the tests in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 55% 35%
White 30% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Two or more races 5% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
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 12%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab
Visual arts
  • Architecture

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

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Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer time after school
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2500 Davis Rd
Waldorf, MD 20603
Phone: (301) 753-1759

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