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Francis Howell North High School

Public | 9-12 | 1858 students

 
 

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Posted June 20, 2011

I have been a student at Francis Howell North for the past 4 years and I have enjoyed my time there. Yes, there are faults with the school and how things are handled, but this can be found in every school. I loved going to the school and seeing the changes in the students, teachers, and the school itself. The school is getting an artificial turf field in the stadium, and has recently completed a new science wing for more interactive chemistry classes. It is also planning on expanding the auditorium in the coming years. I have witnessed the advances in technology that the schol has gone through. Just this year, the business nepartment started recieving new computers, and once that is complete the Mac lab will be updated. There are so many changes that are coming in the next few years that will be great to see. The classes had great teachers that seemed truly dedicated to helping us. They were always energetic and most importantly they made you want to be there. I definately had some challenging classes as well as a few that were more relaxing, but the thing that stood as a constant were the expectations from the teachers, the administrators, and your fellow classmates.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 5, 2011

The school focuses to much on EOC's and finals. Its rare to find a course that allows personal discovery and learning. The teachers and admin lack any control of the other kids and allow them to wander freely during class. There is an apparent budget deficit in the school thats so bad that they are cutting the good classes, and instead they are buying an astroturf field instead of replacing the 13 YEAR OLD computers in some of our classes. Next year the school is giving wifi access to the students, but aren't going to upgrade there own or provide computers to be used by the kids that cant afford them. Bullying is a huge problem here as well. It only stops after it happens multiple times. The kids here have no personal responsibility and no respect for anyone but themselves. If you want to let your kid get a second rate education, go here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 25, 2010

While this school has it's faults, I think it is an excellent public high school. Its journalism program is arguably the best in the country. The school also has very successful band, track, science, and soccer programs. Like all schools, their are good teachers and bad teachers, but the principal is excellent. She is very devoted to her school and she is liked by teachers and students both. As far as academics go, this school offers lots of options, from honors and AP classes to a technical program to advanced creative arts classes. This school also accommodates to fit the needs of students with mental disabilities, English as a second language students, and deaf students. And if a student needs additional help, the school offers credit recovery opportunities and tutoring in math and foreign languages. Another plus is that North offers the A+ program, which is a great opportunity for collage.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2009

The staff and students are all very caring about their campus. They have great clubs and programs and their spirit and respect for their school is deserving of any award.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2009

I have three chidren enrolled at FHN and they have are having a great time. The teachers are great and they all enjoy being in the band. There are many extracurricular activites and the classes that they can take are amazing. They have learned so much there and I am sure that they will have no problems going to college as the staff makes sure they have a plan and try as much as they can to make them succeed. I wouldn't send my kids anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2009

I am amazed at the high standards this school has as well as staff and the extra - curricular activities this school provides. The school is always changing for the better. I don't think there is a better school in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2009

We moved particulary to this school district because it was given high ratings from two different Parkway schools. I have to honestly say that I have been very impressed with the curriculum! My child has commented on more than one occasion that it is much harder than Parkway. It is more of a challenge than that of Parkway. My student has excelled in this school, has maintained a 4.0 GPA and is very involved. This is the best school in the Francis Howell School District. If there is something you aren't happy with, get involved and change it! This school has set up different parent involvement groups to voice your opinion and make yourself heard. If you want change, you have to get involved to see that it gets done! You can either be a 'watch what happens person' or a 'make it happen person'. The choice is yours!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2008

Overall I would give FHN a 2 star rating. The faculty and teachers are nice and seem to know most of the people at the school. Although the teachers and faculty seem to have very little control over the students here. Theres fights almost every other day, kids congregate in the middle of the hall between classes and the teachers seem to idly sit by and do nothing. The school desk and books are usually scribbled all over.The school may have some pluses such as its extracurricular ativities and its faculty but it seems like a lot of the kids here are totally out of control.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 16, 2008

The best school out of the Francis Howell School District. My son was involved in many clubs and activities. The academics are great. Having took many honors and AP classes, they helped him get into the college of his first choice. I have talked to him since being there and he felt very well prepared for his first year of college. I have high hopes for FHN in the years to come.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2008

Today my 16 year old dropped out, instead of trying to help her, they advised her to drop and get a GED, This school could care less about their students, I have one more left at North, I cant wait for her to graduate, So we can be done with Francis Howell District, The worst district in the state of MO.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2007

i was a student here in the past i just graduated not even a year ago...i have had some great times and some bad times but i feel that this school has helped me grow as a person i have had some great teachers...mrs.trochim,mr.adam corbitt,mrbryan spencer,mr.harlicka they have taught me so many valuable things for life that i didnt think i was going to need or use but i did and i do and as for authority figures officer callaway i know that he is not with you anymore but he was there when i was there and before me when my brothers were there and he is a great man and also as for principals mrs parisi she helped me become a better person lol even though when i would get in trouble i wouldnt like consequences like detention or isap but she was a great person to talk to.


Posted February 14, 2007

I have nothing but good things to say about FHN over the past three years. I have always had teachers and the counselor return my emails and phone calls. My son wasn't fond of going to school in middle school, but is really enjoying high school. Some of the teachers have been really good mentors to my son and he has really enjoyed getting to know most of his teachers. I have found during Parent-Teacher conferences that the teachers really enjoy teaching and like their students too. The school has a lot of extra-curricular activities (sports and clubs) and strongly encourage the students to get involved. FHN gets a definite A+ from me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2006

I graduated FHN in 2005 and I have to tell you it was an amazing school. I was in the colorguard, and we were the best in the state. Even with all that we were doing our teachers helped us stay focused on our grades, and were very understanding. My English classes were very hard, but paid off in the long run. I am very happy I attended this school. Yes it had its problems, but most schools do. We were all such a big family, when someone was hurt, we all hurt, parents, teachers and students. We lost two boys that year, and still pulled it together and had the best prom in the world! Thank you FHN!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 13, 2006

I graduated from Francis Howell North in 2005, and I think that it was an excellent school. After my freshman year of college I can honestly say that I was very adequately prepared. The math and English departments are especially good. After two semesters of college, I can say that my level of writing is much higher than the other students in my Composition classes. I've also been a top student in math classes and after my first semester, my professor offered me a position in the school's math tutoring center. So I think that when comparing myself to other students that didn't go to Howell North that I was very well prepared.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 30, 2005

I believe Francis Howell North is a very good for any child to go to. The Principals and counslers are very helpful and caring for everyone at the school. I have gone to Francis Howell Schools since I was around 3 (Parents as teachers programs) and I have nothing but pleasant things for this school. Over the years we have faced some struggles with our budget but we now have everything under control and I really believe our past has brought everyone so much closer together. I believe that anyone who chooses Francis Howell North as a high school would be pleased with their choice.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 20, 2004

This is a great school. It has great teachers, and is always clean. The students and staff take good care of this school, and the way it looks certainly shows it. The kids are verry spirited, and love there team to win. This is a great school, and i hope that it stays that way for the many more years that i hope it will be educating children. I am thrilled that i go to shool there. I love all of the extra curicular activities it has to offer, and i love going to school sponsered events like football games with my friends. I may only be a freshman, but this is so far my most favorite school that i have ever gone to. I am making good grades, and like the way people treat me. I thought that it was going to be a bad year, but i was wrong.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 22, 2004

During my first three years at Howell North I constantly compared it to Parkway, which is where I used to go. But now that I am gone I really miss the school. Even though the pricipals are more concerned with what you are wearing than how school is going, there are a lot of really great teachers. Howell North also has excellent honors and AP programs for their students. I would really consider going to this school because, there are a lot of extra-curricular activities to become involved in and a lot of unique classes that other schools do not have. Also there are a lot of oportunities to gain college credits to surrounding universitites. Since my father is in the U.S. Coast Guard, I move around a lot, but I have to say that Howell North has been one of the best schools I've gone to.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 26, 2004

I graduated from this school in 2003 and it was a horrible school. The principals are too focused on enforcing the seven B's dress code. The school is dirty and is need of repair. Succeeding in school has to do a lot with teachers playing favorites. Go elsewhere. Students at Parkway and Rockwood have their own laptops while we're still stuck using using old computers. My suggestion would be to go there.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 20, 2004

Maybe it isn't the actual school's fault, but I would not recommend sending your child to this school. There are much better schools (academically and socially) in the area. The school is too large to be comfortable and the student body is too worried about status and appearence. Please make a wise decision.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 27, 2004

My daughter loves school. The marching band program is excellent. When I have had to contact a teacher or counselor, they have returned my call.
—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.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 55% in 2014.

307 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
62%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 64% in 2014.

145 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology

The state average for Biology was 67% in 2014.

423 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
82%
English

The state average for English was 60% in 2014.

431 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
76%
English II

The state average for English II was 75% in 2014.

452 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 66% in 2014.

355 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Government

The state average for Government was 62% in 2014.

458 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
74%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 48% in 2014.

433 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 Students62%
Black41%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White65%
Free or reduced-price lunch47%
Students with disabilities28%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Algebra II

All Students80%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White81%
Free or reduced-price lunch67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Biology

All Students89%
Black57%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White92%
Free or reduced-price lunch74%
Students with disabilities67%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

English

All Students74%
Black40%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White78%
Free or reduced-price lunch55%
Students with disabilities24%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

English II

All Students83%
Black54%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White86%
Free or reduced-price lunch66%
Students with disabilities20%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Geometry

All Students68%
Black39%
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White70%
Free or reduced-price lunch60%
Students with disabilities44%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Government

All Students79%
Black53%
Asian/Pacific Islander71%
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White85%
Free or reduced-price lunch62%
Students with disabilities53%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

U.S. History

All Students46%
Black30%
Asian/Pacific Islander72%
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White47%
Free or reduced-price lunch28%
Students with disabilities27%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 85% 74%
Black 8% 17%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Hispanic 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14%N/A45%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2549 Hackmann Rd
St Charles, MO 63303
Phone: (636) 851-4900

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