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North Kansas City High School

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Posted today

Some of north town is good like the assemblies, etc but I do somewhat agree with what the 2 people are saying.


Posted Saturday, September 13, 2014

I am a student at Northtown. For some reason, I love looking at school reviews, and I have been infuriated by what some people, especially students, think about our high school. I first want to address this so called violence on campus. I have been here for over a year, and have never seen a fight, heard a threat, or felt unsafe or insecure. Secondly, the person who believes that North Kansas City is "uncoordinated", is sorely mistaken. I'm going into my sophomore year, and it would absolutely make my day to meet someone with the audacity to think that the teachers do not do their jobs. I have never known anyone to think that not being friends with teachers improves students education. I became friends with all of my teachers freshman year, and have yet to feel any repercussions. The staff should act like know-it-alls. If they weren't, we would have more misinformed individuals like you running around. The "drugs" you claim to be used and sold on school grounds, are nonexistent. The small group of ne'er do wells that used to smoke cigarettes near campus, have since ceased due to the addition of a sheriff where they met. This rebuttal and review continues. I have run out of room.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 22, 2014

My son is Freshman this 2014-2015 school year. He is in the IB program and he LOVES it. He enjoys the freedom of the Open Campus and Open lunch. He enjoys all of his teachers. As a parent, I feel this school is preparing him for college. Others have mentioned fights, the "wrong" crowd, etc. My son has mentioned nothing of the sort to me. Maybe that is because he is in the Pre-IB classes. He also has not mentioned being bullied or seeing other students being bullied. In fact, he has been pleasantly surprised (as I have) that the upper classman have been friendly and welcoming to him! So far I have absolutely no complaints.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2014

This is one of the worst schools my daughter has ever attended. She used to love school, before she started going here for her freshman year. She was relentlessly bullied by these degenerate children that go here. To the point where she would be in tears every day. They administration continued to do absolutely nothing about it. The children who bullied and threatened her have received NO discipline. Many other children who go here are bullied every day and it's almost like the schools don't want to address it. So please, save your child's happiness and self-esteem and send them to a private school. Or somewhere where the teachers, counselors, and principals care more about your child's feelings and education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

They dont care if the kids are on the laptops texting on Facebook and Twitter while the teacher is teaching. And kids turned around in the seats talking and the teachers just goes on teaching and ignores what the kids r doing or not doing. This school has changed over the years. There is so many fights i n and out of the school by the parking lot and across the street at the park. Not enough security in this school.we are moving. Liberty school's are much better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2010

North Kansas City High School has an incredible faculty and supports that have allowed both my children to thrive. AND it has a great student body with kind and caring kids that made their high school years very meaningful. GO HORNETS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2009

I rate this school as follows; principal leadership five stars teacher quality five stars extracurricular activities four stars parent involvement five stars safety and discipline five stars
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2008

I graduated in 2008 with the IB diploma. I feel that North Kansas City has done an excellent job preparing me for college. I have heard about just as many fights at Northtown as any other school north of the river. The teachers won't force your kid to learn, but if they try they will receive a good education. If a student doesn't want to learn, I don't hold the school accountable for that. It's just as easy to slide through at any other school, but if one is willing to push themselves they can get the best education in the area, if you ask me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 21, 2008

My daughter is in the IB program at NKCHS and gets mostly A's. She partiticipates in: orchestra, drama, renaissance committee, robotics, science olymiad, technology student assoc., spanish club, debate workshop, and democrat club. She is thriving in this environment and would not wish to go elsewhere. When asked, she tells me that neither peer pressure nor gangs are an issue. I am proud to send my student to a school with much ethnic diversity. I feel that this school is enabling my daughter in becoming a very well rounded individual.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2008

I am a 1979 Graduate of NKCHS, and practically my entire immediate family graduated from this school, so I was excited when my Son had the same opportunity. However it became apperent over time that this school was not the same school that my family or I had attended. During that time, This was one of the best schools in the area. I even had many of the same instructors that my parents had. Now, it has degraded to a school that I would not recommend sending any child to. During my Son's attendence, he was witness to many fights. While he had a few good Teachers, many were 'rookies', just coming out of 2 yrs or less of previous experience NKCHS has lots of potential, but lots of work to do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2007

I am an IB student at NKCHS, which offers some of the most intellectual and helpful teachers available; the teachers here are mostly amazing. Although I can't say I have much school pride, I admit it is a great school minus the 'wrong' crowd of students. A Dang.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 5, 2007

I am a student here at NKCHS. In reference to what the previous parent said about violence there was ONLY 1 violence/weapon offense in 2006. I feel just as safe here as I did in middle school. The IB is an internationally recognized diploma and the best diploma you can get. if you hang out with the right people you encounter NO pressure at all. every teacher I've had has offered afterschool help if you needed it and care about how youdo. The dropout is much lower than I would have expected for it and is about like other high schools. I was a straight A student in middle school and still am here at Northtown.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2006

This school has a lot of violence that could easily be prevented with supervision. My child is in the so-called IB program for gifted children. I find that it is just more homework with out assistance and less teacher/student activity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2005

As a parent of a child that belongs to this school, I think the display of no concern for the children is overwelming. This school is more of a hassle than it is a help. Before we moved here, my child was an A and B+ student. Now, he has resorted to violence from the pressure of the other kids going there. The teachers and principal do not show any concern for that of the students. When a child is showing signs of need for help, the teachers disregard and ignore it. Furthermore, I am appalled at the number of students who have failed or were recent high school drop-outs. I only pray to the lord that more parents will take a stand and that school will be taken care of in a proper manner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2005

A refreshing mix of cultures and backgrounds make this an exciting learning experience. One can walk down the hall between classes and hear 4-5 different languages going at once. Our kids just completed their sophomore year at NKCHS and the environment has been rewarding. The teacher/student interaction is free-flowing. There is a myriad of activities, clubs, and sports in which to expand your horizons. Our kids have selected the Gold Medallion diploma as their goal. This challenging mix of regular and college prep level classes will set the bar well for their young adulthood. Northtown community spirit is high. The school is comprised of multiple buildings which gives it a 'campus' feel. The city of North Kansas City is very supportive of the school and this support is reciprocated in the form of several community service projects during the year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2005

North Kansas City High School is a very culturally diverse school, represented well by groups like the 23rd Street Steppers, a Step Team that has been at the school since 1996, with the current team comprised of 20 girls of diverse ethnic and socio-economic background. Why is this important? As evident with the school population. We accept and celebrate diversity in our school. With an educational environment that encourages the students to succeed. The IB and Gold Medallion Programs are available to help students prepare for college. Our school is rich in history being here since 1925. Our school represents the ever changing population of our culture, we are an international school, English as a Second Language is available. Sports, Theater, Music, Band and Science are well represented here at Northtown. Come and check us out, you will be glad that you did. NKCHS YES!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

NKC has something to offer for everyone; from AFS the forign exchange program to soccer, baseball, softball, the ever so popular volleyball, basketball, football, cheerleading, pommies, chess club and as well as many other fun and exciting sports and clubs. We're the only school in the NKCSD to have a college like campus which is great for getting us in the 'mood' for college like atmosphere. We're also special because we're the only school in the district to have open lunch like Wendy's, Subway, Taco Bell, Nonnie's, Dairy Queen, and Quick Trip, even though the public may hate us at Subway on $2.99 Tuesday we respect the public by not walking through people's yards and not littering. We're also the only school in the district to have a seperate building for our libary which is two stories and we share with the public. Our school is a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 3, 2004

I wanted to rop out of school at the end of my junior year and pursue a baseball career out in North Carolina,and the baseball coach,the principal and a few other of my teachers talked me into staying.I always had a ton of support from the staff as well as the teachers to continue my education and it earned me a scholarship to a college and now I am so hapy to have the caring type of teachers that i had there.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 25, 2004

Nkc is different from the other high schools in this district because it is more of a college campus atmosphere and nkchs gets all of the special need esl kids fromt he entire district. Along with the 6 building school which is in the city of north kansas city, nkchs also has open lunch, which no other school has. This means that students are allowed to leave campus to eat lunch at the surrounding restaurants. Quik trip, dairy queen and nana's seem to be pretty popular. I think nkchs is a great school with lots of fun things and neat people.
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 57% in 2013.

301 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
31%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 54% in 2013.

256 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
42%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
54%
English

The state average for English was 60% in 2013.

369 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
54%
English II

The state average for English II was 69% in 2013.

358 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
72%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 61% in 2013.

323 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
57%
Government

The state average for Government was 54% in 2013.

336 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
44%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 47% in 2013.

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
39%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments to test high school students in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, American History, Government, and Biology. The EOC Assessments are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Missouri for each subject. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Algebra I

All Students37%
Black23%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
White42%
Free or reduced-price lunch32%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient students35%

Algebra II

All Students46%
Black29%
Hispanic28%
White57%
Free or reduced-price lunch35%
Students with disabilitiesn/a

Biology

All Students71%
Black53%
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Free or reduced-price lunch63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

English

All Students52%
Black34%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracial46%
White61%
Free or reduced-price lunch41%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

English II

All Students58%
Black36%
Asian/Pacific Islander48%
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
White69%
Free or reduced-price lunch48%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient students15%

Geometry

All Students29%
Black16%
Hispanic22%
White36%
Free or reduced-price lunch26%
Students with disabilitiesn/a

Government

All Students40%
Black23%
Asian/Pacific Islander17%
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
White50%
Free or reduced-price lunch27%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient students8%

U.S. History

All Students29%
Black17%
Asian/Pacific Islander25%
Hispanic22%
White35%
Free or reduced-price lunch19%
Students with disabilities3%
Limited English proficient students8%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments to test high school students in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, American History, Government, and Biology. The EOC Assessments are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Missouri for each subject. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 51% 74%
Black 19% 17%
Hispanic 14% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 2%
Two or more races 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50%N/A45%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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620 East 23rd Ave
Kansas City, MO 64116
Phone: (816) 413-5900

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