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9-12 & Ungraded
Public district
Newtown, PA
Students enrolled: 2,033

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62 Swamp Rd
Newtown, PA 18940

(215) 944-1300
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Amount of homework: Not enough
June 26, 2015
While I was in the program I definitely thought there was too much homework and reading on a daily basis. However, now after experiencing undergrad and grad school programs I feel that Council Rock could have even used a little more homework.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Strongly agree
June 26, 2015
Council Rock was very competitive and definitely promoted persistence and determination. The values learned in this curriculum will be used in college and throughout life.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Agree
June 26, 2015
Students that have went through the Council Rock program generally have respect for their peers. This includes students in other grade levels and even across individual schools. In my experience students also had a deep respect for their teachers and for people in positions of authority within the district. This was especially evident with teachers that participated in the sports programs.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
June 24, 2015
Teachers have very good credentials and are well aware of demands impacting students. Subject matter was generally taught in a lecture format but active participation was encouraged and factored into course grading system. This increased the amount of knowledge retained as students were required to pay more attention on a daily basis. Teachers were always available after class or the school day to review topics covered and assist where necessary. Math teachers were particularly helpful in ensuring subject matter understood and retained.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 24, 2015
I am a former student of Council Rock school district and was very pleased with the experience. Preparation for college was extraordinary and the teachers were able to relate the subject material to practical real world situations. Social pressures are present but no more than any other competitive high school. Sports programs are time consuming however reinforce sound values, particularly the soccer and wrestling programs. Before and after school training sessions provided team bonding experiences and long lasting friendships. Disciplinary action responses to unnacceptable behavior were generally appropriate and effective. Examples were definitely made at times but this was necessary to portray the right message to students. Sure there were difficult moments however core values learned in the Council Rock program facilitated higher learning programs and ultimately a successful career path.

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2014
I honestly hate going to this school every day. It's such a shame because Council Rock has such a good academic reputation, but it is completely wasted because of the social atmosphere. Some of the teachers are really great, but the reputation is mostly because there are a lot of smart kids. I agree with another post; the students that go here are possibly the lowest-quality people I have ever met. Don't let the 'good academics' fool you into sending your child here, it's not worth being miserable.

- submitted by a student

June 17, 2013
I am the parent of two daughters who have both graduated from Council Rock North High School. Overall this high school has provided a quality education with a comprehensive curriculum, first rate teachers and a host of extracurricular activities, clubs, sports and opportunities so that the students can receive a complete and thorough educational experience. I am also very impressed, in this modern day of peer pressure and negative outside influences, with the steps and measures that the school employs to highten awareness of the dangers and consequences of drinking and driving, drugs, sexual relations, etc. Most important is the proactive stance that the school and administration takes with regards to other matters as well such as teenage suicide, a growing concern and problem across the country that Council Rock has met head on and provided counciling and continued and repeated education on. The school should be applauded in this regard. One area of potential concern is with regards to the math curriculum at the school. Despite being overall good students both of my children struggled mightily with math across all years of their high school experience. Thank you.

- submitted by a parent

November 06, 2012
Let's see...a large number of students initiate a huge food fight. Instead of dealing with it proactively, Council Rock, again, deals with it by having a 'police presence', then later, of course, overreacts and actually has some kids arrested? But alas, the usual 'my child does no wrong' parent strolls in and threatens to sue? And this is a well-disciplined school? How about calling the parents and telling them their kids WILL be responsible for cleaning the mess up after school? This type of behavior happens constantly. What do the well-behaved kids gain from this? Not a school district I want my kids to be in again...ever.

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2012
This school, I believe, was better than Newtown Middle. The reason I don't give higher than a four is: not much help at times, some teachers make you feel like nothing or annoying, and the only way you get kicked out is by doing a serious crime, other than that everything is pointless rules or the trouble people cause are little to nothing to the district.

- submitted by a student

September 18, 2009
I am currently a student at Council Rock North, and I can honestly say that I hate it here. The school, in terms of academics, is excellent. However, the students who attend this school are some of the most low-quality human beings in this world. If you are a transfer student, like I am, you're life here will be a living hell. Do not come to this school.

- submitted by a student

April 14, 2009
We moved to Newtown with high school aged children and I have been so pleased with Council Rock North High School. The counselors have done a great job in helping my children feel welcome and adjust to a new environment and have gone the extra mile in making sure they were placed in appropriate courses. The academics have been outstanding. They have a history program that builds from year to year, an English program that focuses on vocabulary, grammar and the classics, excellent math and science teachers that engage the students in the learning process and their after-school clinic is a great chance for all students to receive extra help in any subject as needed. There are a wide range of extra-curricular activities that allow every student who wants to get involved the opportunity to do so.

- submitted by a parent

January 15, 2009
Both my children have attended this school and got a great education Once they got to college they found exactly how good their high school was. They were ahead of many other college freshmen.

- submitted by a parent

November 07, 2008
What a school district! My three sons have all gone through Council Rock North and have achieved so much! The teachers are incredible, with degrees from Penn, Georgetown, UVA, Penn State and Colgate. The honors programs, AP, and accelerated academics are unbelievable! If you're looking for a great town to live in with topnotch schools, Newtown/Washington Crossing is the place to settle down!

- submitted by a parent

October 22, 2008
My son, a Junior, rarely expresses enthusiasm about his school, CRHSN. Neither did my two daughters, who also attended CRHSN. They aren't alone; many of the students here appear overwhelmed and harried. Animated conversations among students and cheerful dispositions do NOT abound. If CRHSN students seem to carry heavy burdens, it is because they do: both literally and figuratively. The backpacks probably weigh 30 pounds apiece, laden as they are with the entire contents of the students' respective lockers. If the youth at CRHSN seem plagued with pressure and angst, look no further than pushy, ambitious parents who will settle for nothing less than the whole package: Honors, extracurriculars, clubs, sports, etc. The teachers? They are excellent, as well as being highly disciplined (how else to explain their adherence to a 7:00 a.m. start-time?), and are only giving parents what they demand: Fast-track, type 'A' college-bound achievers at any cost.

- submitted by a parent

October 21, 2008
As a former student I would Like to say that council rock north prepared me well for college. I was mostly in ap and honors classes throughout high school. Compared to my fellow students in college I am a head in my math and sciences. The one problem that council rock has is that all of its best teachers are retiring within the next 5 years or so.

- submitted by a student

June 12, 2008
This school is a hell for me. I still attend and I'm in high level courses, all of which fail to challenge me. The graduation requirements are extremely annoying as the school offers many courses I'd love to take, but because of the requirements I can't fit them in my schedule. The teachers are both ways, either retarded or brilliant. Level of interest from the student body seems extremely low to me.

- submitted by a student
no rating
April 11, 2008
Great school if you're in the honors program or special ed. Otherwise it's a very mediocre school. Tons of the teachers should have retired or fired by now, but the union is too strong.

- submitted by a student

April 25, 2006
This school is large. It is impersonal, somewhat like a mini university. There is an abundance of school papers flooding the student's backpack on any given day. The teaching method which seems most efficacious (for the teachers, at least) appears to be the one that employs lectures, memorization from textbooks and sending home papers to support the lesson. Also, there are papers that are sent home regularly so that the student can prepare for the ever-imminent quiz or test. There are many extracurricular activities if a student is willing to be flexible. Safety and discipline are enforced regularly due to the hypervigilance exercised by security as well as staff members in general. Overall, this school, in my opinion, is average to a tad above average. There is nothing special about it except for the fact that it is located in Newtown.

- submitted by a parent

October 19, 2005
the quality of programs at cr-north is essential. the extracurriculars are amazing, and the teaching staff deserves to be commended.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 11, 2005
Education is fabulous, the social dynamic needs major attention as do the extra=curricular programs and CR needs to address the mass exodus of its best teachers (due to retirement) because the new ones just don't match up.

- submitted by a student

May 08, 2005
This school is a mega-school yet with the right amount of motivation, determination and ambition (which abounds, thanks to the parents in this moderately well-to-do to affluent distict), a student can excel. There are activities and human-interest organizations in the school; everything from 'M.A.D.D.' to 'AIDS Awareness' with the usual plethora of sports teams. Ice hockey, however, is a sport that bears the high school's logo but is not quite recognized by the school itself. Unfortunate, considering the ice hockey team has proven itself to be highly competitive and has carried home more than a few trophies over the years. On the downside of this school, the sheer number of students detracts from any small-town ambience that one might expect in the school after moving to, say, Newtown or Washington Crossing. On the plus side, the leadership here is excellent, with the administration and staff giving taxpayers their money's worth.

- submitted by a parent

May 04, 2005
With one of the best academic programs in the state, this school can guarantee your student will get into some college if they put in the effort. Unfortunately, with such a large student body, a student can blend in or be lost in the crowd. For those go getters, it is a great place with wonderful opportunities and teachers to insure a child's success.

- submitted by a student

March 30, 2005
This is a wonderful school district with many extra curricular activities to choose from. The academics are remarkable. The teachers are very well educated and there are so many classes to choose from.

- submitted by a student

October 01, 2004
My family awards this school a #5 for academic excellence, teacher professionalism and loyalty of the students to the school. We are the proud parents of 2 daughters attending the high school. Both have the benefit of highly academic and diverse course selection. Teachers are committed to the students and offer their time willingly to the student as well as the parent when the need arises. Back to School Night is well attended and the classroom presentations by teachers are informative and enthusiastic. Colleges welcome CR students because the school has a reputation of preparing kids for college. We wouldn't send our daughters any where else!

- submitted by a parent

February 23, 2004
I attended Council Rock myself and graduated 1976 - two of my daughters have graduated from this fine school district and my third daughter currently attends - Quality education is fantastic - extracurricular activities vary and compliment the district - administration and teaching staff are courteous, caring, and top quality - my daughters were in private school for three years before entering CR - This district far excels local private education!

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2003
I graduated from CR North in 2000. I feel privileged to have gne to such a fine school. I was overly prepared for life in college

- submitted by a community member

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Council Rock High School North
62 Swamp Rd, Newtown, PA  18940
(215) 944-1300
Last modified Council Rock High School North is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Council Rock High School North Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top