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!
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!
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.
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.
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