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North Tonawanda High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1276 students

 
 

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Posted December 29, 2012

At this time, NTHS is not a school that is conducive to learning. The building is extremely dirty and poorly managed. It has a nice library and pool, but everything else about is very dreary and out of date. The administration is nonexistent, rarely available in the halls and have poor leadership skills. The student life is hit or miss. Some kids are great, others aren't. NTHS does offer good career academies and after-school clubs, which is a plus. The teachers have developed very poor attitudes and are quick to point the finger at parents and students for their own shortcomings. The Special Education department is abysmal. The services are often non-compliant and employs one consultant English teacher who is extremely rude and dismissive to student and parent concerns. The students suffer under her in the mean time. This simply isn't right. Overall, North Tonawanda is not a great environment in my opinion. It has potential to be great but until there is a culture change, starting with the principal, things will continue to suffer here.


Posted October 20, 2009

For one, I know for a fact that NTHS does not grade on a letter system and furthermore it is a great schoo. The possibilities are endless. If you cant make it @ NTHS you will not make it anywhere in life b/c you need to work hard, show up and try your best. This is a great credit to the school and overall, the school is easily one of the best around.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 19, 2009

Awsome school! Amazing atmosphere and great classes available. Variety of courses, clubs, and athletics available to anyone. There are teachers in this school that really take their job seriously, and are great at their job. I reccomend anyone NTHS. Go Jacks!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 10, 2009

I am currently only a freshman at NTHS but, from what i can see about the school so far, is that it is not very well organized. As the other people have been saying about NTHS i agree with, that it is not very updated with its teaching policies. And that the teachers are not very helpful.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 20, 2008

Not a good school for anybody aspiring to go into the sciences in university (engineering, physics). This may not be the fault of the school, but rather outdated curriculum as mandated by the state.


Posted October 21, 2008

I might only be a sophmore now but from just my first year going by I can say that it is hard to be a student but this is nothing compared to the education given decades ago. Most of the teachers preach how much they care but the only way for them to care is to ignore you like my science teacher he taught me that if I want help I have to come to him for help he wont offer anymore than a pass to see him whenever you need help in his class. The programs after school are awesome and there are clubs like first priority, student council, technology, outdoor awareness, scholastics bowl, science olympiad, plenty of school sports, etc... The school spirit never goes out T-NT week rocks This years football game 61 Jacks and 0 Warriors
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2008

This is an awesome school. If your child went from A's/B's to C's after coming into NTHS it's because the standards are higher at this school you should help your child reach these higher goals. NTHS only wants what's best for everyone and that means your child must work hard to do his part. It means homework is a must and attendance. Don't blame the school because your child is not making the grades. The school has an open door policy and you are welcome to come in at any time to ask for help to help your child. Do your part as a parent. Your child's education is a partnership between you, the school and your child. Use it wisely and your child will see your involvement and he'll improve. Try good old discipline if he doesn't take school seriously.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2008

i love it here. its wonderful atmosphere and awsome teachers i will truly miss NTHS! Go Jacks
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 15, 2008

amazing =] awsome teachers and lots of opportunities
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2006

As a current senior at North Tonawanda Senior High School, I can honestly say that the educational opportunities offered here are truly extraordinary. I am one of many who feel truly happy at our school; both because of the excellent classes and teachers and because of the wonderful atmosphere. NTHS offers things many schools only dream of, such as 4 different types of foreign language. The clubs are numerous and exciting (Yearbook, D.E.C.A., F.B.L.A., Outdoor Awareness, Video Morning Announcements ect...) and the spirit of educational excellence is uncanny (T-N-T Sprint Week, Earth and Wellness Day...). I will truly miss this school after graduation and I hope this review encourages a whole new generation of successful North Tonawanda graduates. -Class of 2007
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 28, 2004

The teachers here are great. They make sure the children achieve their overall goals and help them to strive to victory and walk across the stage. The principle has a good discipline system.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 22, 2004

This school is supportive with music, sports, and acedemic quality. I am a student there and if you do your work you pass. It's not about the teachers ability to teach as well, but the kids ability to listen. There are great teachers there the kids just don't like them because they can be strict if you don't do your homework, so just do it. The only problem is that they're using their money towards the football group. And music is going down which shouldn't be happening. It has great extracurricular activities that a student can join. Such as drama, jazz band, Sadd- Students Againts Drunk Driving, and more. But its a great community school that should be recognized. -From a 9th grader, class of 2007.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 15, 2004

We recently moved to the area as well and our child's average also went down. After speaking with the teachers I relized that the reason his grades had slipped were do to the higher stadards at North Tonawanda High School then his previous school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2003

To many classes and activities are being cut each year while the teachers get raises every year. With everything that has been cut how can we expect our kids to have a good education? When a students does not excel the teachers do not take the time to help they just pass them by leaving a child to become overwelmed and frustrated which could probably account for this school having such a high drop out rate. Prior to moving into this school district my 3 children were all obtaining grades between A & B levels. After moving here all 3 of them dropped to C's and lower.
—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 II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
54%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
76%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
92%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

33 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

368 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
76%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
82%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

254 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
63%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

98 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students71%
Female82%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Non-migrant71%

Chemistry

All Students68%
Female70%
Male68%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Non-migrant68%

Earth Science

All Students77%
Female71%
Male83%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities61%
General population81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%

English

All Students87%
Female89%
Male85%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities53%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%

Geometry

All Students86%
Female86%
Male85%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities67%
General population87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%

Global History and Geography

All Students64%
Female63%
Male65%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities24%
General population72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant64%

Integrated Algebra

All Students88%
Female91%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities61%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%

Living Environment

All Students78%
Female73%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities46%
General population86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%

Physics

All Students65%
Female65%
Male64%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%
Non-migrant65%

U.S. History and Government

All Students92%
Female88%
Male93%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities69%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 94% 48%
Black 1 2% 19%
Hispanic 2 2% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 1% 9%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 1%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 23%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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405 Meadow Dr
North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Phone: (716) 807-3600

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