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Newton North High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 15 students

 
 

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Posted March 19, 2014

I graduated from NNHS and it certainly has its ups and downs. The school has a lot of good shop classes for students that are interested in hands-on, vocational skills. There are many teachers there with a passion for their profession and want to see their students succeed. However, as other reviews have stated, the student body is enormous and the faculty simply cannot keep track of everyone. Those that slip through are allowed to do so, and saying that it is a "party" school would be an understatement. It was reminiscent of college. The theater club is very strong, but - when I was there - very guilty of cronyism. My biggest complaint is how political the school is. There is nothing wrong with wanting students to be politically active, but they definitely want them to be politically active in very particular ways. The science classes are excellent, but their math and English courses did not prepare me for college. Furthermore, their history curriculum is a joke. Regardless, as far as public schools go, this is excellent for the area. I suggest strong parental involvement. If your child has special needs, they have some talented people, but you should look into Newton South.


Posted November 18, 2013

Newton North is a vibrant, diverse and challenging school. Students are expected to be independent and self-motivated, but there is also help for those who are not. There are so many interesting options, classes and activities - but the student has to step up and be responsible. My two sons, who are now in college, had great experiences at North. They were very well-prepared for college, especially in writing, studying, and adapting to being away from home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

I am currently starting sophomore year at North. My freshman year at North wasn't the best. The student body was very large, and by the middle of the year I had gone from straight A's in middle school to C's and D's. Though, I feel like it was partially my fault, since I'm far from a typical student and most core classes don't interest me. Though, I am really looking forward to my second year. Many parents complain about north's bare-minimum graduation requirements. I like these because as a student who is planning to be an art teacher when I get older, once I fill the minimum requirements for my core classes, I can drop them and replace them with some of the AMAZING art courses that north has to offer. This school is perfect for students that would rather put a brush to a canvas than a pencil to paper. (Well, unless you're a sketch artist. You get what I meant.)
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 30, 2013

My third/last child graduates this year. We've had excellent experiences our entire ten years at North. Teachers are totally dedicated. The size/diversity of the school mean that a variety of courses can be offered & even students who are not "typical" are able to find compatible friends. Kids are able to take advantage a wide range of subjects - often taught at different levels, "hands-on" classes such as culinary & greengineering, language instruction such as Chinese up to the AP level & many other AP level classes. My kids were able to participate in band, athletic teams, science team, chess club & robotics team. There are international exchange programs, varied clubs & an excellent drama program. For my son with special needs (ASD), North was clearly the right place for him - Guidance & Special Ed were team members with us from the spring before 9th grade until the day he graduated & beyond. He was given accommodations & a facilitator who helped him organize & stay on schedule for assignments & was also an intermediary between him & his teachers. A room was available anytime for him to get help w/ work or decompress. North was absolutely a positive for my 3 very different kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2012

My son was an honors student at Day Jr High and fell to a C-D average at NN. He fell throught the cracks in this huge schoool and was allowed to graduate with the barest requirements. The school offers an amazing curriculum but there was no student oversight. There was an open campus with too much free, unstructured time.There is an amazing theater department but It was basically a huge party school. I am terribly disappointed and would never recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2010

I'm in 10th grade at Newton North and I must say I've so far had a good two years here. Most of the students are friendly and easy to get along with. The teachers are nice and helpful for the most part (with definite exceptions, particularly for certain 10th grade history teachers). There are a lot of extra classes to take, which is good, but unfortunately I have an extremely incompetent guidance counselor who will not let me switch out of a stupid class that I wish I hadn't signed up for, which is losing the whole school a star for me. One things that worries me is that most of my classes have gotten bigger since last year, which ticks me off a little because I know how much they're spending on new computers and equipment, and not to mention the new school. I'd rather see more teachers being hired.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2009

newton north has taken excellent care of my grand daughter and I am very grateful for the education she has been given. My three children have also had a great education at the high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

It is a great school with wonderful moral atmosphere and lot of opportunities for students
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 16, 2009

Great academic offerings, wonderful teachers and a great sense of community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2008

extraordinary school - dedicated faculty, great facilities, high standards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

I'm a rising sophomore at Newton North and I thoroughly enjoyed my freshman year at NNHS. There are so many great opportunities, the teachers (or at least my own) were great for the most part, and the classes were not too difficult or easy. I was able to find a niche in the incredible theatre program (Theatre Ink), and the students in the group were amazingly welcoming and kind. I look forward to my next 3 years at Newton North.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 8, 2008

I'm an (A) student here at North. I have no study halls or frees, because I want to take advantage of the great classes here. This means that I generally go to bed around 11-12 every night, since I have to practice two instruments. But it's worth it. Every night I go to bed and I can't wait for the next day. Extracurriculars are fantastic. I personally am on science team and it's a blast. So many clubs! Here, you can get an great education, just as good as any private school, but you have to want it. They won't pamper you. And also, you'll learn quickly that it's ok to get extra-help, and teachers are fantastic about doing whatever they can to help you. You learn as much in high school as elementary and middle school put together so it's important to learn to put time into it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2008

My two cents. My daughter is a freshman this year at Newton North. She was a B student in middle school and slipped to D's at NN by midyear. Yes, she WAS falling through the cracks, but I met with all the teachers and guidance counsellor and now, a semester later, her grades are on the upswing and she is happier. She has no free time. Her two study halls are supervised by a math/science tutor who does help her. Next year she will have zero scheduled study halls because she is taking a government elective. So my advise is close parental monitoring. The school does offer great opportunities. By the way, I get timely responses from all her teachers via email.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2008

My son was an honor roll student in Newton schools until he went to NNHS, and there he got completely lost in the overly large student body, an open campus that allowed him too much unstructured party time, and faculty that allowed him to graduate with only the barest essential of required courses. I think it is basically a party school. I was extremely disappointed in NNHS and do not recommend it at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2007

This is a school big enough to offer everything (and more) than one would expect in a public high school; and yet the sense of individual communities fitting within the larger whole is strong enough so that the size never seems unmanagable. The teachers are by and large excellent (with exceptions) and the principal, Jen Price, is by far one of the most exceptional leaders of a school in the state, if not the country. This is an amazing school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 24, 2006

The student population is much too large. It's very easy for a student to fall through the cracks. They have a very relaxed policy with not much structure. If your child is rebellious or lazy, they will put him or her in a 'special program' or 'course of study' which requires them to do practically nothing and pass at it. I find the open campus to be much too open. It seems the emphasis is on the students comfort at school more than the necessities of school work needed to be done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2005

Too large of a student population. Responses by guidance department, teachers, headmasters, coaches, etc. either non-existent or extremely slow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2004

I'm a former student of Newton North High School. I graduated in 2002 with the Riley Class. There is not one negative thing I can say about my experience at NNHS. I would do the four years all over again in a heartbeat. I felt completely prepared for college and I know it's because of the wonderful teachers I had at NNHS.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 18, 2004

Its an awesome school that knows diversity, and strives to make each student reach the highest of their capabilities. Truly a comprehensive school. The Athletics progam is one of the best in the counrty, and works hard to improve day after day. The teachers and faculty are involved with the parents and students. Once the student is settled in the school, it is really a place where you can fit in, in whatever the student feels most comfortable doing.
—Submitted by a student


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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2013.

432 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

435 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

411 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students98%
Female98%
Male96%
African American93%
Asian100%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial100%
White98%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
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Students with disabilities91%
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Math

All Students92%
Female92%
Male93%
African American73%
Asian95%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial100%
White95%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students87%
Female89%
Male87%
African American67%
Asian96%
Hispanic59%
Multiracial92%
White91%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

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Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Introductory Physics

The state average for Introductory Physics was 63% in 2013.

482 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Tech/Engineering

The state average for Tech/Engineering was 49% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

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Chemistry

All Students82%
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Not economically disadvantaged82%
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Introductory Physics

All Students91%
Female90%
Male93%
African American87%
Asian100%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial88%
White92%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities72%
English language learners79%

Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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SAT participation

76%

Average SAT score

1754

Graduation rate

95%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MCAS results from the state of Massachusetts.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts from the state of Massachusetts.

3 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of 11th graders taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 6%
Black 7% 8%
Hispanic 7% 16%
Two or more races 6% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 15%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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457 Walnut Street
Newtonville, MA 02460
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Phone: (617) 559-6200

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