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Northampton High School

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Posted November 20, 2013

NHS is very responsive to accommodations. (It is imperative to have a good eval to support your child's needs. They offer free testing but it is not as comprehensive as private testing.) It is always the most successful to have a 1 to 1 relationship with teachers to follow through with specifics and a good opportunity to teach your child to be an advocate first and if no success, then parent email second. We have had our kids in private schools and this particular public school is far more supportive and helps them become more independent. NHS really cares about the student. We also back up accommodations with private pay tutoring at home at least twice a week. However, this combo has really made a big difference. Make sure if you get a tutor -see they teach the kids how to be independent-not just help them with their homework. There's a huge difference. Teach them how to utilize free app's + voice activated commands on the keyboard (fn key - hit 2X on a mac = a mic), take photo of the hw on the board, etc so kids will be ready for college. NHS has learning support systems in the library for free. Suggestion: Make these accomo's part of the regular classroom so all kids can learn!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2013

I am a senior at Northampton High School, and my experience has been nothing but wonderfully challenging and socially accepting. Throughout my career within the school, my math and science have improved, and my english and history have become abnormally exceptional. This increase in knowledge and skills is due to the amazing teachers at NHS, there are very few teachers who are not like by students, and those that aren't liked by the public have a few students who appreciate the work they put into our education. I could not be more happy with my experience at NHS, it has fully prepared my for college and I would not have wanted to go anywhere else!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 9, 2012

I am a 2011 graduate of NHS. I received a very good education there: I was challenged in AP classes, helped by dedicated teachers who put in extra time, and enriched by the sports teams. That said, in my earlier years, I had some pretty lazy teachers (worksheets, movies, etc), and their classes tended to be boring and unfulfilling. The best teachers are teaching the most advanced courses, so seeking them out was really beneficial, even in areas where I didn't feel as strong.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 3, 2012

My daughter just graduated from this school and she's now headed for a very selective college. Can't speak highly enough of the education she received at NHHS and her whole experience there. This school is great.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

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

212 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

205 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%
Female99%
Male97%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Hispanic95%
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White100%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities93%
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Math

All Students90%
Female86%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asian75%
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students87%
Female86%
Male87%
African Americann/a
Asian81%
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities66%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

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.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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74%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

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Introductory Physics

The state average for Introductory Physics was 63% 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

All Students83%
Female81%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities52%
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Introductory Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

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
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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

80%

Average SAT score

1683

Graduation rate

89%


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 78% 67%
Hispanic 12% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
Black 3% 8%
Two or more races 2% 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 23%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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380 Elm St
Northampton, MA 01060
Phone: (413) 587-1346

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