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North High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1149 students

 

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Posted March 21, 2014

An amazing school to be at. I am a junior at North and I have nothing bad to say at all. The opportunities for AP and Honors classes are raising with more subjects added each year. extracurricular activities are outstanding with a range of different choices for everyone's interests. Teachers are so helpful and will willingly do anything they can to help a student. North gets bad reviews, but how can you judge a school based on the 5% bad kids? North is filled with students who strive to achieve so much, volunteer every chance they have, and are in Honors, AP and National Honor Society. I love North High, don't get caught up on rumors. Every school has their bad days, but how about looking at all the good instead of the bad?
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 22, 2011

North High School is horrible. Some of the teachers are dedicated, however, that is detracted by the behavioral problems at the school. It is hard for an average student to achieve ANY education there. Yes, the NJROTC is a great program along with AP and honors classes. However, for the typical student, North definitely disappoints. I will no longer send any of my children there. Hopefully, we will move before another child reaches high school age.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2010

I am a student at north high and i wouldnt want to go to any other school here in mass. The teachers are great and when i need help i get their full support
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 22, 2009

I disagree with the negative comments alot of the student success has to do with what the student wants to accomplish. I have two daughters in ROTC in North High and it's what has kept me from relocating back to florida. I think it is a very good school. It is true that the middle school nearby like worcester east middle was a terrible experience and maybe that's where the problems come from but definetly have seen great efforts and improvement from my daughters who would not miss one day of school the entire year except for rotc fieldtrips.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2009

This school is the worst most uncontrolled school i have ever been to seniors run the school
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 1, 2009

my daughter goes to this school and we came from new york. she went to east middle in the 8th grade and said it was very easy. when she came to north they recomended honer classes. my daughter is doing a awsome job in north high. thank you north high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2008

I am a freshman who attends North High. At first, I was petrified to come here beause of the awful rumors about North, but honestly they were horribly mutilated. I take all honors classes, and they are very challenging, but with lots of effort and hardwork, I'm doing very well. It was kind of a shock to go from middle school to high. I went to the middle school that's near North, and I learned nothing there, but at North, it was like going from 5th-grade leveled work to 9th. But I got use to the schedule and work, and I got straight A's (And one B) But anyways the work is challenging and the transition of middle to high might be a shock, so come prepared! The kids really aren't bad here. The environment seems more mature than the 'middle school drama.' So I recommend this school to everyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 29, 2008

Worcester North High School may just be another public school in old 'ghetto' Worcester, MA; but to the residents of the north quad. it is our best school, learning is awesome and discipline is always inforced.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2008

As a student currently at north I love it so much. Its hard for me to express my feelings about north. I can wake up every morning feeling excited and enthusiastic to go to school. Once the new buliding is built this well be the overall best public high school in worcester. They offer honor and ap classes as well as plenty of extra curricular activities. I love NORTH
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 22, 2007

As a sophmore presently at North I love being there. Even though the building is crumbling we all see to have that sense of unity that makes a big Polar Bear family. I'm glad I decided to go North for its classes that they offer as well as the JROTC program that they have running. JROTC is a great program that should be wide-spread like AP and Honors Classes. To some it may not seem like North is anything but it definitely means the world to me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 1, 2004

While the teachers and staff seem to do a good job of teaching, the school itself is deplorable. The building should be condemned as unsafe. I have a problem with the locker policy, wherein students may only use their lockers before and after school and not visit them between classes. In addition, I feel that the loitering in front of the entrance to the school needs to be stopped or monitored somehow. Academicially, I feel this school is acceptable, but in every other aspect, this school is amongst the very worst I've ever seen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2004

Im very happy to be a NHS parent I love how my daughter is eager to go to school every day and also learning.Teachers do a super job with the students such as Denise Mota and Elizabeth Fernandez keep up the good work!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2004

Im very very happy to be apart of the Polar Bear family you always feel at home.Many educational activities great support groups.NHS is the best high school and the teachers do a SUPER job!! Teachers like Ms.Blondin and Ms.Fernandez give there all to there job and are the best teachers I have ever had.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 11, 2003

The school facility is an absolut pit. How the city of Worcester can continue to house this school in it's current building is unbelievable. Floor tiles containing asbestos break away and litter the halls, electrical systems overload, classrooms are not kept up, technology is ten years behind and barely maintained.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2003

I am so proud about being a Polar Bear parent! The school is excellent! They have a very good and strong curriculum! The Health Science Academy is excepsional. Teachers such as Nancy Bates and Jackie Latino go beyond their expectations as teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

227 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 Students71%
Female75%
Male68%
African American71%
Asian65%
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities43%
English language learners36%

Math

All Students48%
Female47%
Male49%
African American49%
Asian65%
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities19%
English language learners13%

Science

All Students34%
Female30%
Male38%
African American38%
Asian46%
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities8%
English language learners9%
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.

254 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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34%

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38%

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Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% 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 Students31%
Female35%
Male27%
African American43%
Asian62%
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
White22%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities8%
English language learners6%

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
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Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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English language learnersn/a

Introductory Physics

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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
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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50%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Below Average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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SAT participation

40%

Average SAT score

1272

Graduation rate

57%


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
Hispanic 43% 15%
White 28% 68%
Black 19% 8%
Asian 9% 6%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 77%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
Fax number
  • (508) 799-8252

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer

Arts & music

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Performing arts
  • Drama
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140 Harrington Way
Worcester, MA 01604
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