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Council Rock High School North

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 2033 students

 

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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 former student


Posted May 8, 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


Posted May 4, 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 former student


Posted 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 former student


Posted October 1, 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


Posted 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


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Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

483 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

480 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

477 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
55%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

495 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
93%
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

Math

All Students83%
Female83%
Male82%
Black58%
Asian97%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female91%
Male83%
Black42%
Asian94%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)60%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students70%
Female66%
Male74%
Black17%
Asian77%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students94%
Female98%
Male91%
Black91%
Asian97%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)69%
English language learnersn/a
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 89% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 3%
Black 2% 15%
Hispanic 2% 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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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
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Level of special education programming offered
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  • German
  • Spanish
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  • Assistant principal(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
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  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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  • Cross country
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
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62 Swamp Rd
Newtown, PA 18940
Phone: (215) 944-1300

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