As a former student, I loved it. MOST teachers are very involved with helping their students, it is just the gym teachers that lack in this area. I personally didn't care for them much, they can be very unfair and are extremely obsessed with sports and try and convey the message that academics don't matter when applying to college. In other words, good school, but too revolved around sports.
As a former student, I can attest to the superb atmosphere, teachers, and staff at High School North. I loved the school and the opportunities it provided me.
Unless you are an athlete or a stuck up snob don t go here. Teachers really don t care about providing a good education, they are only there for the pay check.
trn is an amazing school getting involed in sports and activities really helps in being a part of the schhoool <3
Too big. Not personal at all. Staff and faculty doesn't know students
Excellent faculty & staff. Plenty of clubs and activities. Perhaps a little too much emphasis on sports and too much concern about limiting student activities off school grounds. Beyond that, a great place to get an edcation.
As a current student at TRN, I know exactly what the school is like. I will try my hardest to make a difference in this school, I think we can work together and make TRN as amazing as TRS and TRE. Let's all work together.
The discipline and the safety in the cafeteria and halls is non existent. The bullies control the halls and cafeteria. If a child reports an incident he only gets bullied and teased even more.
I am a former student from the 70's. Back then, school in general was very different. I was not what you would have called an involved or motivated student. I went to school on most days, did most of my homework and got mostly B's to show for my efforts. My divorced parents never bothered to discuss college with me nor did the school. I graduated as an adult in 1995, from a great college in Virginia. I consider myself to be sucessful in spite of my non-involvement in the educational process. It is never too late to get an education.
My son, who is an honor roll student was seriously upset when he could not understand his connective math. His teacher didn't even fully understand it and was absolutely no help to him at all. This is just another example of why curriculum should be introduced at a normal pace and schools should be more interested in the students really learning as opposed to getting them to pass ridiculous tests that really never define intelligence.
There is one reason why this High School is #2 in the County, the students, parents and teachers take a serious involement into education. Overcrowding is an issue throughout the US and to think it would not exist in the fastest growing county in the North East is ridiculous. If you have a serious child who wants a future this High School gives what it receives. If you do not agree with me look at the colleges the graduates go to. If your child takes advantage of what this High School has, your child will go places. If you blame all the usual distractions teenagers encounter upon the education system, they will end up making excuses for their entire life. My son graduated North and was accepted into an excellent University in N.J. with academic scholarship. My daughter is in all Honors at North and I anticipate she too will enter a fine University. Forget the social nonsense and the overcrowding, you sit on your kid, give them appropriate social values along with an excellent Public High School, your child is going places. If you doubt what I said,look at how many North graduates have gone onto Harvard. North has one of the highest acceptance rates in the county for Ivy Leaque Schools.
I'm not a parent of a student, but am a former student myself, now in college. I didn't enjoy high school. I had some really bad teachers during my four years. When I say bad teachers, I don't mean a teacher who was mean or gave detention. I mean teachers who truly didn't care about their jobs, and were literally just waiting to retire. I also had 2 amazing teachers who have truly affected my life. Both have unfortunately retired. My other experiences with teachers have been mediocre. I've had fun teachers and boring teachers. The AP teachers at North are all great, and are extremely qualified at what they do. The school is overcrowded, but I've never really had a problem with having too many students in a classroom. The administration has absolutely no contact with the students at North. I honestly had no idea what Mr. Coleman, the principal, looked like until my sophomore year. Even with each class having a separate vice principal, they only seem to deal with the trouble-making kids. It's probably due to this that every vice principal has a very negative demeanor whenever a non-trouble making student approaches them for something. They treat every student like a criminal. Security is pretty tight at North. There was never a time when I didn't feel safe, except when a random fistfight would break out in the hallway. That's pretty rare though. If there's one thing I would suggest to any parents or students reading this out there: If there's something that you don't like about North, whether it's a teacher, a club, how you're being treated, call someone and do something about it. There were so many times that my parents told me to leave a problem alone, only to make it worse. If you can make something easier, then do it.
This school is so overcrowded that adults have to stand at hall intersections to control the traffic flow between classes. Instead of adding enough classrooms to support the overflowing population, our superintendant built a huge gym/entertainment complex (named after him of course) where we can have 'stars' like Jay Leno perform. Who cares!!! We want our children to receive a decent education in classrooms where there is at most a 22/1 teacher student ratio. I am also disgusted with the state's decision to test every grade. Instead of teaching at a pace where the children can actually retain the information, the teachers are forced to rush through the curriculum so that they can 'prepare' for the yearly test. This is the way that the district 'earns' it's funding. Our children are not learning anymore! They are too busy getting ready for the tests. The teachers hate what they are doing because they are frustrated that they can no longer teach creatively. They convey these feelings to the students. This is not really an environment conducive to learning so the students are losing interest. There is no more excitement in learning for the students!
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