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North Quincy High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1275 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted July 30, 2014

My daughter graduated from NQHS in 2010. As with most every school, if you work hard you will be provided with the support to excel! The results of the MCAS will reflect that the school is a high performer, and performs very well in Science. There is great access to a broad range of AP classes. Every year graduates aree accecpted to Ivy League schools, if that's your path! Parents, be engaged and support your students success! The more engaged the parent, this higher degree of success for the student! Being a public ciry school there is a broad range of students, reflecting most wals of life! This is not bleached white suburbia! But the diversity of nationality, race and income can be very positive experience for the student! At NQ if you do the work you will be prepared for success in college and in life! But you must challenge yourself and elect Honors and Advance course work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2013

Very racially divided my time there (basically asians and non-asians) although there are some some inter-racial groups. While there are 3 levels of academic classes (standard, honors, and advanced), for the most part it is more like dumb, regular, and advanced. The students who genuinely do not care often take up most of the space in the standard classes. Honors is more of the "I care about my grades enough to try", and advanced is well, advanced. Its a good school if you want to get into a lower tier college, But if you're going for a 1st tier/higher 2nd tier, the school doesn't prepare you all that well. The number of clubs and sports the school has is good. Some teachers are hit or miss. Some are effective at teaching, and some fail to get your attention. I've noticed that the average intelligence of the incoming years are getting worse and worse, so I imagine NQHS will soon fall in rankings in the future.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 28, 2013

The teachers in the school are friendly and cares about the students. Great sense of security in the school. Classes move at a pace that is right for the level of the class. Only problem is the school bathrooms are usually unclean and a lot of times contain no paper towels.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 22, 2011

Glad we are leaving the area and this school! Teachers allow cell phone usage in class, constant "bathroom" breaks, and think 70% is an acceptable average for a geometry class! My kids have told me there are teachers who know students can't POSSIBLY concentrate for 45 whole minutes, so they allow them to use their phones/ipods for the last 10-15 min. of class! Also, they hardly ever have homework and I've noticed mistakes on papers which weren't corrected by the teacher. Good riddance!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

My children graduated this school and my granddaughters are now attending the same school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2010

It was a great experience but the inside is alittle too big and hard to find my way around the place to my classes. They also have good classes
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 13, 2010

Pros: The size and scope of the school allows for nearly everyone to find a niche. The curriculum (in rigor) at the advanced level is very good for a public school. The three levels (standard, honors, and advanced) allow for every variety of student to be adequately challenged. The opportunities are there if you are a self-motivated student that finds the right niche. Cons: The environment is extremely unintellectual. Very few students legitimately care about academics. The diversity on paper may seem impressive, but in actuality, it is awful. The school is divided into the Asians and non-Asians, and neither of the groups associate with each other much. Some of the teachers, bluntly speaking, are awful.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 19, 2010

This school has a girls hockey team, a dance team, and everything!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 24, 2009

This is a great school full of diversity and well rounded students. The teachers and faculty are great. It would be nice to have a make over here and there, but that rarely contributes or effects the children'ts education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

The school system is amazing, clean, professional versitle and most of acedemicly perfect. Has soooooooo much to offer than any other school I looked into.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2009

it could use a make over inside. but its a good school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 18, 2007

its a great school with excellent teachers and great sports. I love it there
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 17, 2007

As a senior there over 2 years ago, my experience was not very impressive. The qualitity of the academic programs that it provides does have a high quality, as well as the music, art and sports programs. The coaches and teachers are very dedicated to their individual programs, which is easy to see. However the level at which student actively participate in these programs isnt that great. The environment is not motivating or secure. More than not I witnessed severe lack of security and attention, which is unacceptable at this stage of schooling. The assistance in a student's transition to college is also very poor at North. I have several ties to students attending the school currently and am only disapointed to see where its lead them. I strongly recommended my parents not to send my sister to NQH.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 27, 2005

I am a graduate class of 1981 and have a Junior enrolled at North Quincy.My personal experience: On an academic level I feel NQHS to be exceptionally involved in insuring that each student receive the best quality education possible.I did not attend college as I landed a job through the schools work study program that lead to make success today.I have many friends who went on to college where they became successful, lawyers, doctors, nurses, politians,teachers etc. I have asked all of them who they most credit their accomplishments with and not suprised the response being high school and the good quality education they received.My son will be graduating in two years and plans to continue his education,I credit the school and all the programs they offer to help students continue to receive the best education.Its truly a great place to receive good quality education .I rate it 'A+'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2004

North Quincy High School offers so much for our kids. The faculty is constantly improving and revising the curriculum to offer the best and most demanding classes they can. North's students are involved in so many school activities, and provide for a great community and high school experience. All in all, NQHS creates a wonderful, safe learning environment. And, although many parents opt out for private schools for their teens, I find that if kids are dedicated enough, students can succeed and surpass their private school counterparts when they attend NQHS.
—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.
English Language Arts

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

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

268 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 Students88%
Female93%
Male83%
African American67%
Asian83%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities62%
English language learners39%

Math

All Students82%
Female86%
Male78%
African American46%
Asian86%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities38%
English language learners56%

Science

All Students75%
Female81%
Male70%
African American23%
Asian82%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities27%
English language learners48%
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.

292 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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 Students75%
Female81%
Male68%
African American23%
Asian81%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities24%
English language learners49%

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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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
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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
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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

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

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SAT participation

100%

Average SAT score

1533

Graduation rate

94%


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 49% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 42% 6%
Black 4% 8%
Hispanic 3% 16%
Two or more races 1% 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 42%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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316 Hancock St
Quincy, MA 02171
Phone: (617) 984-8744

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