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Grand Rapids, MI
Students enrolled: 1,089

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3801 Leonard Street Northeast
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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(616) 493-8600
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Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
November 14, 2015
from observing the students at school events and how they respect all fellow students regardless of race, creed, color, etc.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
November 14, 2015
they volunteered to help out at a school for severely challenged (mentally and physically) kids.

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November 10, 2015
This school provides an excellent education as well as diversity (compared to the other 2 Forest Hills High Schools); this is a very good thing. The school staff is very focused on providing the best prep possible for the students to succeed in college.

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2015
I have two students in the Spanish Immersion Program at the HS. They love school and the SI Program. They both are involved in choir and one does musicals and the other enjoys cheer. They will be going to NYC with the drama club this summer. It is a fairly middle class to upper class area with a strong focus on academics and college prep. There is a little more diversity than other schools in the district, I think. Good peer groups, no violence. Some typical teen issues.

- submitted by a parent

December 11, 2014
From the amazing staff and administrators to the caring teachers who take the time to get to know their students and actually use differentiation to allow the students to learn individually, Northern is a great place to be raising bright and capable kids.

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April 13, 2012
the academics are fine, but there is a lot of open prejudice and unfunny racist jokes made to the face of Asian and Indian kids. the kids would never do this to African American students, but they think it is particularly funny toward Asians. The teachers do nothing and it goes on in front of them. My kid is really suffering, and we are leaving the school.

- submitted by a parent

September 17, 2009
Northern has an awesome tennis program and some great teachers! Anybody would be very lucky to come here because we are so welcoming to all.

- submitted by a student

March 04, 2009
amazing school. all of the faculty are great and really help you with everything

- submitted by a student

January 27, 2009
This is awesome! all teachers care about students, and they are also fun : ) The most important thing is.. they teach well~ and the equipment is well prepared for students to use~ Also.. kids are good!

- submitted by a student

October 02, 2008
I go here and it's sweet. The teachers are immaculate. The janitors are super duper. The principal is the best. Go Huskies!!!

- submitted by a student
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June 16, 2008
This school gives kids the opportunity that you would never guess a school would give to your child. They have a selection of great after school activities and things that will definitely keep your kid happy and busy. Some of the teachers aren't the best but overall most are great. The teachers and staff members know how to settle a problem most of the time and they are just great. I highly recommend people to submit their kid into a Forest Hills School and it will answer all your problems with your kids education.

- submitted by a parent

January 16, 2008
I did my student teaching at Northern high. I truly believe that you will not find a better school in the area. They have a great staff who is very caring and helpful. The principal is a great guy. The students are all very nice and respectful of each other and of adults. the only problem with northern are there sports, the aren't good at them. If you want your child to have a quality education and sports is not that big of a deal then definately send your kids to FHN.

- submitted by a community member

August 04, 2007
FHN is a well rounded school with programs for any interest a student may have. There's a variety of competitive varsity sports teams, with a Track, Swimming, and Tennis team that especially excel. And if a sport is not offered at Northern then often the student can play it at one of the other Forest Hills schools. The theatre program is known throughout West Michigan to be one of the best with shows selling out the gorgeous Fine Arts Center. Academically Northern's students score high on standardize tests. There is a wide variety of AP programs available as well as Co Op and work experience opportunities. Also Northern works with dual enrollment. The diversity of FHN isn't as amazing as other schools, but it has the greatest diversity of the three Forest Hills Schools. Overall Northern is a great school for any student to excel in their area of interest.

- submitted by a student

July 23, 2007
great school, affluent area, great sports

- submitted by a student

May 29, 2007
You will not find a more complete educational experience in West Michigan. The teachers are committed to knowledge and character development. The parents are involved, and the facilities offer something for everyone. The student body is a rare mix of spirit and tolerance. This is truly a 'complete' learning experience!

- submitted by a parent

June 06, 2006
Fabulous school. Before coming here we paid college level tuition for private school and FHN was much better. Entire Forest Hills district is wonderful.

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March 14, 2006
This school has excellent AP courses, especially in AP French. There has always been a high degree of parent involvement which makes this a successful school. The art and music programs are exemplary as are theater opportunities.

- submitted by a teacher

January 20, 2005
Forest Hills Northern is one of the best schools around, and while diversity is not a major part, stuudents here are a lot more likely to meet, trust, and form friendships with students from other races, than in a school in the country.

- submitted by a student

March 10, 2004
A great school academically, but extremely sheltered and homogeneous. The majority is white and Christian, and few students understand diversity.

- submitted by a student

August 27, 2003
Parental involvement is a major factor to the student's success. At Forest Hills the parents are involved and the the students excel. 99% of the graduates go on to college.

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Northern High School
3801 Leonard Street Northeast, Grand Rapids, MI  49525
(616) 493-8600
Last modified Northern High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Northern High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top