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Pontiac, MI
Students enrolled: 1,409

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1051 Arlene Avenue
Pontiac, MI 48340

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March 06, 2014
My name is Ronald Wicks . I graduated from pontiac northern. in 88 and atended pontiac schools from grad k . My experience was extremely dangers . as well as none. education l . Fro 3YEARS IN A ROW i was made to attend a class whear each year we worked out of the same book . frunt to back . the first year i did the work . the second the same the third year i handed in the second years work with a grade marked with last years A . I was expeled becaus i refused to redo what had been done . Fighting and buling in pontiac is Phenomenal . u can't avoid it . even to the point of being thertened by doc. dowl the princaple at the time . My mother was present when this happened . I feared for my life at this school . ther was little education . how ever i would have to say . that the vocational part was more dedacated than the rest . auto welding and so on .

- submitted by a community member
September 08, 2013
I am a student at PHS, and, frankly, this school is very unsatisfactory. I don't blame the teachers or students entirely (although the students should have a bit more self-discipline and etc., and some of the teachers should actually try to control their classes), but a lot could change. Students don't really have a say in this school - every time I try to speak up about an issue, I get interrupted and quieted. Is this what a school is? I can't even walk into some of my classes without having some idiot goofing off to impress their "friends." It's ridiculous that I'm not allowed to express my concerns and suggestions. Personally, I think the school would be a lot better if it could accept criticism; the authority is way too arrogant and feel anything else other than what they dictate is incorrect, and they won't hesitate to make you feel as such. It's horrible. What I'm trying to say here is that this is a school that needs loads of improvement, but I still have a little hope for it. I see the potential in it when no one else can, and I'm usually a pessimist. wow so deep my speech ikr wow slow claps

- submitted by a student
February 07, 2013
I currently have two kids in the Pontiac Schools ITA program. At first glance, I was very impressed. Then, I attended the parent/teacher conference. My impression then turned south. It was a cluster F^%$. I also understand that the teachers have taken a hit in salaries. I must live in Pontiac due to an impossible situation. My kids are really trying to do their best, but you can't get water out of a rock. These schools are a real mess. I think I will go up the road to Oxford Schools if things keep getting worse.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2012
i see everyday what goes on on the school bus , and at the school. the high school along with the middle school are terrible, its scary., and so sad.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2011
I am a former student at the school. Some people say that parent involvement is needed, but parents can't do everything on their own. My parents were the most involved people in the school, my whole family was. But without help from the school, my family trying to help is pointless. So yes, parents need to be more involved, but the teachers and staff need to be more involved too. I've had teachers who didn't care about the students, even the ones who tried. I've also had teachers who didn't care what grade was on the report card, as long as enough students passed.

- submitted by a community member
March 03, 2011
This is the worst school!! and im not talking about Northern, well no it's Pontiac high because Central and Northern have merged because the district doent have enough money. Im talking about International Tech academy or I.T.A . The teachers loose your work and are vey unorganized. No one is on one accoured. They try to carry a perstegous name but they arent. My daughter got her phone talken it we were supposed to get it back today and I used my gas to ride all the way to downtown Pontiac and NOONE, KNEW WHERE THE PRINCIPAL WAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i did not get her phone back and they didnt give me a apology!!!!!!! They even ignored me. They get little school work and everything is group based. If someone in the group didnt do their work then the whole group fails. The teachers have no compassion and are COLD. They have to wear blazers that were like $90 and didnt inforce the kids to wear them. I can not wait till the last months of school are over. My daughter will not be returning. But Pontiac is a Horriable school and I wouldnt advise anyone to attend!!

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April 29, 2009
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March 24, 2009
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September 04, 2008
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July 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2008
I believe Pontiac Northern has potential. I am about to be a Senior this fall and hope to make a chance. Lack of parent/teacher interaction is a problem. We can't blame everything on the teachers, nor the parents. It's a mixture of both. They need a curriculumn that will challenge the students, yet excite them to learn. I myself have utilized Pontiac Northern to the best of my ability, absorbing everything I can. It's the interaction between home and school that needs to be replenished.

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June 13, 2008
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May 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2008
I'm a former student. My parents were involved. The administration and teachers were definitely beaten down, but they did care. Yes, being a former athlete, there is favoritism. I honestly believe that the problem lies with the students manners and attitudes. Anyone knows that the most important lessons are learned at home (ie, home training), which I would say a significant amount of the students lack. Bad attitudes and Bad manners. Parents, please start instilling in your children from the cradle, two things: Good manners and Good attitude. The teachers aren't there to teach your children how to be good men and women, they specialize in a subject, like algebra 1 or english comp. Instead of focusing on their specialty, they have to be your kids mom and dad. Isn't that your job? Parents: please check your kids at an early age. Thank you, and have a nice day!

- submitted by a student
May 15, 2008
This school does not challenge me to my full potential and is not preparing me for college

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May 05, 2008
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April 19, 2008
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January 04, 2008
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December 11, 2007
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- submitted by a student
December 07, 2007
I am an A/B student but yet in still I have constant interruptions hindering my full potential.

- submitted by a student
December 07, 2007
I am currently attending Oakland University and i am a biology major. I have a 3.6 GPA and i plan on attending medical school. After attending PNH for all 4 years i believe that this school has adequately prepared me for college. Sure every school has its problems but if the students themselves try harder they do have teachers willing to work with you. I congradulate Northern for preparing me in my pursuit of becoming a doctor.

- submitted by a student
no rating December 05, 2007
This is a terrible school to attend. I would not recommend anyone to attend this school or to even think of attending. The environment is terrible, out of the 30 or whatever teachers they have only 5 of them really do their job. The school isnt well funded and has little resources students need to learn such as computer classes with no computers and limited books, but all in all this is probably the worse school in the nation

- submitted by a student
October 12, 2007
I'm a former student and I believe the problems with Pontiac Northern students start at home. Parent involvement is low. If we as parents don't show an intrest in our childrens education and seek accountability from our childrens educators who will?

- submitted by a community member
August 19, 2007
Not a good school for your kids!!!!!! I feel they dont care about our kids, all they care about is being there to just get a check.

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August 08, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
July 12, 2007
There isnt much to say about Northern. It's by far one of the worst schools. Any school that requires students to pass through a metal detector in the morning and a cop to wander the halls is bad news. The very very few teachers that actually do care, get harrassed by the overall bad students that attend this school. The students need to learn how to respect their teachers and authority. The school makes a mochery of what real education should be. If you have a choice, do not go to this school!! Any school in the area is better than this one

- submitted by a former student
June 20, 2007
Look northerb isnt as bad a school as you think. I attend northern and its okay. Our sports are great, some teachers actually care about the students and ect. Look, we could never compare ourselves to rochester and others, but we are still great.

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October 10, 2006
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- submitted by a staff
March 29, 2006
Pontiac School District is 'as polite as I can put it' Failing the students. The problem is the area. Lower class living. The students are to suffer because of there parents social status and lack of funds. Yet another school 4 miles away is completely different. Yes the school has little funding. Yes a lot of the students have behavior problems. Yes a lot of the parents are not involved with the children. But how is any of this the children s fault? I am just fed up with the different standards 'depending upon where the children lives' I Test students and Pontiac Central and Northern all the time. The scores are horrible. Basic math and English questions. These are good kids. They have ambitions like any other. They deserve better.

- submitted by a staff
March 20, 2006
I am a student at Pontiac Northern High School and i think that it is a very good school. There might be some students who make school hard to be at but we have to stay focus. Northern is not all of the bad things that are heard. Some teachers are just not there for the love of money, some of them really do care. When it comes down to school activities then we can complain. There are too many restrictions. I don't like that at all. Sincerly, A PNHS student

- submitted by a student
December 10, 2005
I am a student at Pontiac Northern High School with a 3.8 GPA. What I would like to say is that it is hard to get an education with all the distractions that are going on. It is very diffcult for the children who are trying to get an education to get what they came for.

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November 30, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
November 09, 2005
I believe that Pontiac Northern is a very bad school, theres no other way to say it. The sports are the life of that school. They show favoritism and street the basketball players as if they were in the NBA.

- submitted by a student
October 15, 2005
I am a student That attends PNHS in i love it. it is a nice school the teacher are great and i learn alot. it is very differt from junior high school.it is alot going on you are indroduce to alot of people and differnt cultures. it is a very diverse school.

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October 12, 2005
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July 24, 2005
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July 24, 2005
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- submitted by a staff
May 04, 2005
i am a student at Pontiac Northern High school, and i feel as though this school is just not the place for a child who is trying to stay focused and worry about what they will do after high school. There are major problems in classes such as kids blazin each other(playig the dozens), people stealing, fighting. There are ways around the problems after all nobody forces a child to pay attention but however it is a very big distraction. The only good experience i have at Northern is the Police Acadamy Program, in which i stayed in for a year. Im happy to say i will be leaving Northern after 2 years there for a better school for football.

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April 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2005
I'm a current student at Pontiac Northern.I feel that the things they place emphasis on are not the things that are of importance.There are very few teachers that take their jobs seriously and try to teach the students. I feel that if I could go back and rechoose to stay within the district or go out the district to go to school, I would choose to go out of the district in a heartbeat.The only reason that I am now at the point I am at is because of the strong influences my father has instilled in me since I was young.The only reason I probably am not changing schools is because of the lack of knowing someone that stays out of district so I can use there address and because I'm a junior and I don't want to mess up my credits.

- submitted by a student
January 11, 2005
As a student at pontiac northern high school i feel that im not safe, not being challenged enough and not being appreciated. The teachers show no respect towards us as young adults or future doctors, lawyers or teacher let along principals. A person will never learn to do right if they're being taught wrong. I feel like the teachers are acting like children they're selfs. Not all teachers are shameless. I blame my mother and the school principal and school board. But luckily i have a dream. My mom always wanted the best for me a i plan to show her that its not her fault. I will acheive greatness without the help of certain school officals.

- submitted by a student
January 03, 2005
Sad to say, Pontiac School system has went downhill. The kids aren't trying to learn, & the teachers are only there for a paycheck. We need teachers to go back to the ole' skool way of teaching, where they actually cared about the well being of children. Teachers, I know you're not there to babysit our children, but you are there to teach them, stop letting the children run your classrooms, and you as the adult, take charge. It's sad. I have a freshman daughter that attends Northern, and she can barely multiply or spell. Because of the teachers lacking of their responsibilities, I have to come home from work, and try and teach her what she lacking to receive in school. it's really sad.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2004
I am a class of 2004 student. I feel as if the school just wnats to see the students get out. ready or not. When teachers are giving you the questions to the exams, and not teaching, but they would rather talk on the phone the whole class hour, somethings wrong. I feel as if I am very behind and have to work alot harder then the rest of my fellow students, because of the education that i have recieved at pontiac northern high school. Math and English are the biggest problems that majority of the students have when coming out of northern. Sadly to say I am one of them.

- submitted by a former student
March 02, 2004
I was a student at Pontiac Northern and graduated in the year of 2000, I really disliked comming to highschool everyday. I feel like now at college (western michigan university) i must work so much harder then other students due to my poor education i got at pontiac northern.

- submitted by a former student
August 26, 2003
I went to this school and so did my children. They got a fine education as I was an involved parent. If you are involved, your kids will get a good education in Pontiac.

- submitted by a former student
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Pontiac High School
1051 Arlene Avenue, Pontiac, MI  48340
(248) 451-7315
Last modified Pontiac High School is a Public school that serves grades 10-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pontiac High School Rating: 2 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top