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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is a great school with wonderful moral atmosphere and lot of opportunities for students
Great academic offerings, wonderful teachers and a great sense of community.
extraordinary school - dedicated faculty, great facilities, high standards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Too large of a student population. Responses by guidance department, teachers, headmasters, coaches, etc. either non-existent or extremely slow.
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.
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.
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