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North Penn Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 3054 students


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Posted August 1, 2013

I am a student at North Penn and I love it here.There is a variety of many different things to do.No student is limited but they are pushed to reach for the stars.Their sports teams are really fun.This school is big but it makes it a great opportunity to make new friends.I recommend that more students should go here.The teachers are GREAT!!!I love them!!

Posted January 18, 2012

Many of the kids (especially sophomores) need to learn how to grow up. Half of the kids are talking about drama affecting their lives and are causing the classes to become uninteresting. My son goes to Judge now and while he went to NP, he HATED it. He said that although NP is a public school (which means that everyone gets accepted), some people don't deserve to go there. He said that Judge is so much better than North Penn, and that he recommends NO ONE to go there,at least go to HH to CB. Overall, horrific, and they should split the high school into at least two schools. WAY TO BIG!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 6, 2011

Great school!!! North Penn High School offers something for everyone. Hundreds of clubs, activities, sports a music programs. Academics are unbelievable. Course curriculum looks like a small college. Unlike private school, NPHS does not discriminate and they accept all students, regardless of their academic ability. They truly are dedicated to educating all students from varied backgrounds. Great school!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 8, 2010

I graduated from NPHS and felt it was a good school, anything and everything was offered. I was in average and honor classes, and felt very prepared for college life at a large institution. I do feel different now, my younger sibling attends NP and they are quick to label kids and pass them off to the next availability as long as it gets them off the schools hands. Some teachers are accepting to kids with different needs, others want nothing to do with them. Make sure you stay involved in your child's life and MAKE SURE they are getting and receiving all the proper education that they deserve!
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 2, 2009

This school has a wonderful program. Many AP classes available to get children the support for college bound students. The teachers really care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 14, 2008

Believe me or not this is great school i have ever been in................They have lots of coarses than u can ever imagine.....I think if u live arougd this school and u r not sending your kids to this school then u r ruining his or her future.... i am one of the student of this school and they have really nice programs for for Foreigners (ESL). I know all this becoz i have in those ESL classes........They have more clubs and afterschool activities than u can ever imagine. I think school is offering every possible things for its students to become successful in their life and go into top most college, but it depends on student if they want to take benefit or not........... These school has lots of Honors and Advanced Placement classes. U know whats amazing these school offers its students yo take PSAT and PSSA for free............................
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 24, 2008

I am a graduate and I student taught at North Penn. Having experienced many different schools, I can say that the education provided by North Penn far exceeds the education provided in any of the other schools that I have contact with. I do not teach at North Penn (although I wish I did!) however my children will go to North Penn. Anyone who feels they did not get an amazing education at North Penn would, I am certain, clearly fail in any school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 3, 2008

I graduated from nphs in 2008. I spent 6 months of my sr. Year at the school after transferring from a phila. Catholic school. No words can describe how wonderful north penn is! it is a model school for all others to follow. Nphs is so large you have the opportunity to make friends with people of all backgrounds and interests, take any course of study you can imagine and the teachers care more about the students success then I have ever heard of. Nphs is the greatest! a day hasn't gone by, even now that I'm in college, that I don't think about how great np is and how much I wish I was still there or at least had the opportunity to spend more time at north penn. I will always consider myself a great fan of the knights and will continue singing their praise forever.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 10, 2008

I'm a student at North Penn High School, and I've found it to be a wonderful experience. Since this school is so large, I have been exposed to a myriad of people, and have learned how to deal with many different personality types. I feel that North Penn has successfully prepared me for college and essentially life, because of the exposure to different types of people and confidence it has instilled in me with its rigorous courses.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 22, 2007

Fairly good school overall. lots of minority issues but can be easily solved. Academics and sports are very stressed and as a result a very successgul program.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 29, 2006

NP high school is huge! extremely overcrowed and it continues to grow.My oldest child recently graduated and we both are pretty satisfied with the level of education provided, he was accepted into the college of his choice and should be well prepared for his courses and it doesnt hurt that his high school was much bigger than his new university.I do have concerns relating to minority presents at this school,parents of african american students need to be on top of your childs closely and involve yourselves with what is going on there. So many kids have fallen through the cracks at this school or have been 'labeled'. There is a large population of diverse social economic backgrounds with wealthy parents,trailer kids,new york,allentown,philly and norristown cultures ..lots of peer preesure.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 8, 2006

One of my daughters graduated two years ago with great honors,my second daughter is in her last year and is also doing great,most teachers are very helpful.Class sizes are average.Great choices in alot of catagories.Over all school is good.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 5, 2005

This school is great academically if your child has been placed in the honors track or if your child has been classified. The teachers for the most part are caring but very aware of privacy rules. The building is huge, comparable to a small college. It's nearly impossible to get from class in the time allotted. The extracurriculars are very good, especially the sports if your child is one of the select few to make it. There are many safety issues with students that the children know about but the parents and the public are not informed.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 5, 2005

Music program is excellent.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 15, 2005

Very strict school now days. new rules are really dissapointing teachers and students but its a pretty good school. the teachers are great and the athletics at NP are amazing. academics are tough but its a good school. Overall--decent school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 7, 2005

Lots of caring teachers. Great sports teams,
—Submitted by a former student

Posted January 14, 2005

What a great school! I am a graduate, and took mostly honors and advanced placement classes. I was so well prepared for college (Penn State Engineering, University Park), that most of my classes freshman year of college were EASIER than my high school classes. Yes, it is a crowded district. Despite this fact, the quality of teachers and education is still high. The extracirricular and sports programs are some of the best in the state.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted November 23, 2004

North Penn High School is way too over crowded!There is barely any room for students to walk from class to class! Everyone bumps into each other! If you want to send your child to NPHS just be prepared! I'm so sorry Mr.Frederick left in 03'!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 5, 2004

I graduated from North Penn and claim that it is one of the best schools. If a student is not involved it is the students fault. There are so many ways to be involved. Teachers stay after school as along as needed to help out there teachers. They have a great deal of security throughout the grounds. I looked at a few colleges that are smaller then North Penn. But even with its size, you still feel as if you are a student, not a number. I was involved, and still miss it.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted February 18, 2004

Larger than some colleges. Same problems any school would have. Great english dept. Good prep for life after high school.
—Submitted by a former student

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The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

897 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

895 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

875 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

927 students were tested at this school in 2012.








Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education


All Students84%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)58%
English language learners26%


All Students85%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)60%
English language learners11%


All Students57%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
English language learners5%


All Students96%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)81%
English language learners63%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 18% 3%
Black 7% 15%
Hispanic 3% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1340 South Valley Forge Rd
Lansdale, PA 19446
Phone: (215) 368-9800


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