Since 2013, administration has worked diligently in turning around the overall school climate and school culture. Administrators were pro-active in response to student, parent, and faculty concerns shared in the school survey (i.e. major facility renovations, data driven instruction, reduced classroom disruptions, increased graduation rates, etc). The counseling dept. also provides college readiness and course selection seminars to parents and students. NNHS is headed in a positive direction that promotes student achievement
Northern Nash is full of a bunch of ghetto kids that are involved in bad things and start fights in the hallways. Kids smoke cigarettes in the bathrooms and it's worst school I've ever been to. I just transferred there from a Northern Virginia school and it's awful here. The janitors don't clean the bathrooms and the boys don't have doors on the stalls. The school is old and run down and the counselors are very unhelpful. The honors classes are awful. The only reason kids take them are to get out of the classes with all of the ghetto kids. But basically we learn the same thing everyone else is learning in honors. They don't challenge us at all. The teachers are unprofessional as well. Sometimes they get to comfortable and tell the class things about their personal life that should not be discussed with students. I do not recommend you let your child go to this school. It is just down right awful. Making your child go to this school is like inviting them to fail at life. What are you even doing in Rocky Mount? Get out. The crime rate is rising.
As a parent of a special needs child, I am pleased to say that I am very happy with the instruction and care Northern Nash High has given to my daughter. The schools she attended in California were pretty good, but she has made far more progress as a student at NNHS. Martha Fogarty is an excellent special needs instructor, and I look forward to what my daughter will gain over the next two years!!
My child transferred from a private school to Northern Nash High School her 9th grade year. She was able to take honor classes in 9th and 10th and then has taken AP classes 11th and 12th. Academic wise I would advise any parent to be EXTREMELY involved in academics because the guidance counselor depending on whom you get may not be as involved as they should be. I would rate Northern Nash as a B- letter grade high school. It appears to be safe over the past 4 years but the principle is young and lacks experience in his job. There are some teachers that love their job and it shows but their are a few who do not belong there teaching students.
The academic programs is execelent and Northern has a 'Big Family' atmosphere. With the leadership of an outstanding principal, like Dr. P. (Dr. Art Paschal)it could not be any other way. Teachers really care about, and really teach their students. At this school, when a parent has a concern there is always someone on staff to listen and to help. Northern Nash is always clean and neat.
I have 2 teen-age daughters that go to Northern and am very disappointed in their honors program. It does not challenge their minds. the counselors are also not very helpful and easy to talk to. Ii wish we were able to take them out and put them in another district. both of my children are in honors classes and I work for North Carolina Wesleyan College. My daughters are bored, teachers are not helpful and the teachers only seem to want to see how much 'homework' they can give them. I am also on the Principals counsel at Northern.