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9-12
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Philadelphia, PA
Students enrolled: 3,075

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1601 Cottman Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19111

(215) 728-5018
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June 24, 2014
Its horrible. The worst experience of my life so glad I graduated. Everyday I was scared but that's my opinion. For the most part I did enjoy days, okay. The teachers helped me excel higher ad well. I still don't suggest wasting time though.

- submitted by a community member
June 03, 2014
I would not recommend sending your child to this school. Horrible teaching staff/police officers and the principal is rarely in the school to talk to .

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2013
Northeast has many opportunities to excel as a student, it all depends n how serious you are about your education. There are options of IB, Magnet, ans AP course to keep your mind stimulated. The halls are kind of over crowded, however that keeps the school alive. Even though we have rosters, no two days are the same. We have high levels of school pride in all of our sports which also adds to the atmosphere.

- submitted by a student
August 29, 2013
NEHS is a great school well advanced my son done well there however the school have haven't changed it's the students very disrespectful unfortunately the great teachers they have now have to become parents as well the school board need to stop putting money in the penal system and put that money towards our children future Mayor Gutter/Nutter is the worst Mayor in history and yet again he's paying Jay-Z and Beyonc to perform here in Philly they can give two craps about Philly

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
my son loves the school The Magnet system and the IB system have some of the most amazing teachers you can have. he had made some really good friends.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2013
I currently go to Northeast and am enrolled in the IB Program. It's a great school if you are in the IB or Magnet programs and even if you aren't! However, GreatSchools rating is based on test scores and why Northeast's test scores suck is this. A good amount of the kids in IB and Magnet do very well along with those in advanced classes, but all these public schools in philadelphia are getting shut down and turned into charter schools...and all the kids that don't pay attention in class at the public schools that get shut down that the charter schools don't want get dumped here because we have the biggest building in the district..so their bad scores make our school look terrible, but it isn't. I haven't seen a fight this year...my teachers are WONDERFUL..even the ones i had before IB when i was in advanced classes. Overall, Northeast is a great school but make sure your children are either in Advanced classes, IB, or Magnet if you don't want them to be surrounded by kids who don't care about learning.

- submitted by a student
April 16, 2012
the problem with north east is not a problem of north east , but a problem of the public school system in philly . i have taken an informal poll of 20 students from girls high , to hallahan , to mastbaum , to northeast . here is the test . do you know what the 4th of july is ? all but two answered yes , independence day . the other two answered " NATIONAL DAY OF FIREWORKS " !!!!!!!!!! i asked independent from who or what ? of the 20 only 1 knew the answer . others answered , i dont know , the pilgrams ,. that is pathetic considering it is the most important day in our country's history and has been taught to them since elementary school . north east is overall ok . they put way too much emphasis on things that are trivial , ie. different notebooks (no spiral , spiral , composition etc ) for different classes , for whom and how strict the uniform policy is exercized , and not enough emphasis on actually getting the students to learn . last school year i had to buy 2 scientific calculators cost $125 each for them to be used 1 time . and yes if they didnt have the calculator that went against their grade . north east is a good neighborhood school in a poor school system .

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2011
Not a good school like it used to be.. A bad thing about public education in philly is how it doesn't let girls walk halls without being gropped, guys not be jumped... not a good school. My daughter was touched all throughout high school here at Northeast

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2011
NEHS is a terrific neighborhood high school. The Magnet Program and IB Program offer great academic opportunities for high achievers. The ESOL Program is the best in the city. As a large, comprehensive high school, it offers everything from sports to music and drama to academic clubs and programs. The school is safe, well-run, and has a positive school culture where learning is respected and involvement is expected. Don't pass over Northeast. It's still a wonderful school that is helping so many students live their dreams and reach their goals.

- submitted by a teacher
July 30, 2010
I disagree with students or parents who do not like the uniform policy. If students did not dress with their pants falling off their butts and girls with their chests hanging out all over the place then there wouldn't be such a need for uniforms. Of course when you see some of the parents they look the same way unfortunately! You know they are not dressed like that working in an office. That's what the principal at NE is doing. Preparing students to dress appropriately for the real working world not South Street on a Saturday night!

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2010
This school was a good school until they brought in the uniform policy. A lot of things changed since then and thats all they seem to care about. I am in my third year and I don't like it anymore because of the unneeded strictness of this school. Northeast is NOT the best high school, but it used to be one of the best. The education is good and some of the teachers are nice, willing to stay after school to help you. They have good activities too. However, what drives me off the bus is that this school is just focused on the new useless uniforms. The announcements are long and about the uniforms everyday!!! Like telling students 'all outerwear TAKE IT OFF' and stuff. The staff and others could be better. I am unhappy here and I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone. I'm disappointed in Northeast high school..........

- submitted by a student
no rating February 14, 2010
I really don't think that Northeast is that bad. If you're in magnet, IB, Magnet, Health and Medical, or Liberal Arts, or if you're enrolling in AP and advanced classes, then you will find yourself a decent education. I have a friend in the Arts and Education SLC that also says she learns a lot at school. So honestly, it's up to your child if he or she wants a good education. I'm not saying NE doesn't have it's share of problems (I could go on and on about that), but over all it isn't a bad school.

- submitted by a student
December 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2009
I love Northeast High school because not only was it the High School that my siblings and I graduate from but I knew back then that I wanted any future children that I had to also Graduate from Northeast High school the Teacher really care about the students and they do their very best to Teach in a way that all the children learn what is being taught to them. Also Northeast is very well known for al of their sports teams especially the Football team...It's just a wonderful school and I'm so glad that all 3 of my children has and will graduate from Northeast High School... In fact it's such a great school that Actor Tony Danza is not only filming a reality TV show at Northeast but is also Teaching a 10th Grade English there this school year...NORTHEAST IS THE BEST HIGH SCHOOL....

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 01, 2009
Northeast high school is a highschool you want your son or daughter to be in , The Magnet system and the IB system have some of the most amazing teachers you can have ,the facilities are great and the clubs and activities couldn't be any better All the students are friendly and you find people from all types and kinds. If your not sure about which high school to go to , or to put your children in , look no more , this is where you can secure their future , their social life and their safety and enjoyment . Welcome to Northeast High School

- submitted by a student
August 19, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating February 10, 2009
NEHS is a decent school compared to all the other public high schools in Philadelphia. However, unless one is in the IB or the Magnet Program, the quality of education greatly diminishes (one could argue that some Magnet classes are jokes also). The administrators at the school seem to care more about graduating the class (whether they're deserving or not) rather than preparing these students for the future. Some teachers are absolutely pathetic; they care more about collecting their paychecks than actually teaching the students. However, many teachers do try their best (in dealing with the lack of resources) to give the students the best education possible (ie: Mr. Frank, Mr. W. Jones, Mr. Carr, Mr. Meier, Ms. Handelman, Mr. Stern, etc.) Bottom line, high school is what you make of it, and NEHS offers enough opportunities for all students to discover their niche, whether it's sports, academics, or arts.

- submitted by a student
October 02, 2008
I am in the magnet program. I have never been happier in my life. No matter who you are this school has something to offer. I never had any school spirit, or a social life untill I started here. Hail Northeast!!!

- submitted by a student
June 10, 2008
I am currently a student at NEHS and it is my first year, but this school is absolutely amazing. Chaotic, yes. It has so many programs and the choir and orchestra are phenomenal. The school is so different compared to other schools in Philadelphia. It's clean and organized. That's how a school should be.

- submitted by a student
February 20, 2008
Northeast High School offers a wonderful 'old-school' atmosphere for its students. I haven t found one high school in Philadelphia that holds on to its roots, including the overall school spirit and participation from the students. Being a local artist and musician, I must second the comment made below about the music program at Northeast. But NEHS is also home to its phenomenal choir ensemble, one of the best in the city! Most recently they were one of two featured choirs chosen to join Singing City on stage at the Kimmel Center for a performance of the Messiah. Many Philadelphians are excited to see what the NEHS music program will do in the future. Music, choral and orchestral alike, is so important for the development of young people today.

- submitted by a community member
November 17, 2007
Because it was Philadelphia, I was not expecting much from this school. Boy was I suprised! There's so much to do there, and nearly everything's orderlly. It is overall a friendly and prideful school. But there is one problem: Its over 1000 students overcrowded. Its almost impossible to get to your locker and class in 4 minutes.

- submitted by a student
October 24, 2007
Northeast High school has so much to offer. Their Magnet program is outstanding! They have SPARC, a program in cooperation with NASA for over 30 years. Their music program is amazing. Most of their music students, who audition, get accepted into the All-City Orchestra and Band. The opportunities available to the students is far above the availability in other surrounding schools both public and private. When your child starts receiving personal letters from Ivy League Universities asking that your child consider them as one of the students choices and person applications sent to the home from major Technical Universities asking them to apply for early decision. As with any school, it depends on the child and the guidance of the parents to make sure their child takes advantage of the opportunities their children are given. I couldn't of asked for a better education for my child.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2007
It's easy to blame the school for the failure of the student. NEHS is a wonderful school for anyone willing to learn. Granted outside of Magnet and IB the school is cayotic, but overall it's a wonderful experiance.

- submitted by a student
July 16, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 24, 2007
I was a former student at NEHS when it used to be a decent school two decades ago. My daughter spent the past almost 2 years at NEHS also, but things got so bad there we had to pull her out and move. This school is a complete and total mess. It is not the teachers' fault either, it is the students who don't give a woo woo about anything! The magnet school is to its credit, excellent. If your child is not in magnet then heaven help him/her is all I can say. At least my daughter was in magnet so she escaped most of the horrors of the regular classes. I cannot blame the school entirely because its not their fault. Most parents just simply do not care! The entire district is in a complete state of what I fear is irreparable discombobulation!

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2007
Hi. My son is in his 3rd year of NE High, in the magnet program. I went to public school and always knew that you, as a student, got out of it what you wanted or needed. It was entirely up to you. I really like the diversity found in the school. I love the magnet program. In any school, you'll find kids who don't want to be there. In any school, you'll find teachers and/or students you or child don't like. When there are things you strongly disagree with, you let your voice be heard. I have experienced teachers there who really want to teach and enjoy the kids and visa versa. Overall, I think NE strives to go higher and I give them a thumbs up!

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2007
I'm very disappointed in Northeast High. I've always heard it was a good school but I haven't seen in what area yet. My children haven't had a Math teacher (only substitute) since school started. The teacher's my children do have don't have any interest in teaching and most disappointing is there disciplinary actions. There no tolerance rule is based on what they deem tolerable. There practices are not fair and I am thorough disgusted with the whole school. There form of help has not been of any help to me or my children. They are too strict on minimal discretion and on the major acts they are extreme. They do not have a balance to anything that goes on at that school. How do they expect a student to excel under those conditions? Life is hard enough and they don't make it any easier.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2007
I have one word for Northeast High School, a JUNGLE. I am currently in my second year at NEHS and I just have to say that thank god this is my last year here. The magnet program is pretty good, but the other programs aren't. One good thing about NEHS is that it has some pretty good extracurricular activities. The magnet program prepares you for college and it's challenging. I'm in the magent program and I know that the regular classes and students are just unacceptable. Everyday I see students running around the hallways, fights, and just overall bad behavior. Some of these students are in need of some extreme discipline. NEHS is just going downhill by the day. The hallways are overcrowded and it's just ridiculous. There is way too many students here and something needs to be done to fix this school.

- submitted by a student
January 08, 2007
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- submitted by a student
December 27, 2006
I just graduated from Mechs this June and I have to say that its very noticeable how this school is going downhill. in my years at nehs, I saw how the discipline and expectation went from an 8 or a 9 to a 5 or a 6. There's many great professors, but unless you're a student in the magnet or IB program, this school is not going to prepare you for college. I was in the top 25 best ranked students of the class of '06, not in the magnet nor IB program, but with an average of course higher than 95. Now in college I see the gaps that influence my success in college. I wouldn't recommend NEHS to people who expect successful college years. Thank you

- submitted by a former student
October 25, 2006
I graduated from Northeast in 2006, and now am a student at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. I was in Northeast's magnet program, and I found that the I learned a lot in and out of the classroom. I had a great experience at Northeast. The school offers great diversity, tons of extracurricular activities, and a very caring teachers. Also, the music and sports programs there are excellent. In terms of academics, the school offers many advanced classes for students wanting to challenge themselves. I have to say that Northeast is by far the best comprehensive high school in the city of Philadelphia. I would recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a former student
June 20, 2006
I attend Northeast's Magnet program and I enjoy it for it's academic challenges and for it's environment. They stop treating you like a child and put responsibility on your shoulders. For the first time in my school career, I found school somewhat challenging and interesting. There are many, many sports and clubs to attend and they recieve excellent support from the school. Parental involvement is limited. Like I said, they prefer to put the responsibility on the kid's back, and if they fail, they will notify their parents.

- submitted by a student
June 10, 2006
Outside of the Magnet program the school really fails. The teachers are pretty good, many of them care for the students and try very hard. The outgoing principal was okay; a good speaker but didn't seem to really care about what was going on. The incoming principal is very good, she is caring and talks well. However, two of her three assistant principals are rude and unhelpful. The parents seem to be involved. The art and music programs are pretty good. There are many sports teams and plenty of activities.

- submitted by a student
April 09, 2006
If your child is not in the magnet school, expect the worst. This used to be a great school but just like the entire Philly school system, it has gone way downhill.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2006
My son is only 4 yrs old but attends the Child Development Lab at Northeast High School & he absolutely loves this school & the students & teachers. Sadly this is his last year there but I have to mention the outstanding job the teachers have done. My hat goes off to Northeast High for being the only school left that offers this program which not only helps the little ones grow & learn but also teaches the seniors an invaluable lesson in Childcare. Mrs. Decker & Ms. Laura....you are the best! 'We' will miss you!

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2006
Great is an understatement I realize yet it is diverse classes for all type of students. at sports the rivalry between central high makes everybody enthusiastic get into the fun. students of a year are put with a specific staff who will attend to their needs whether it be personal or private, parents are always welcome into the school for a chat with the staff about the academics of their children. the magnet wing is the best they let the students try various types of work to make them think. personally it is a great school with great staff at your service for your childrens future.

- submitted by a former student
January 11, 2006
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- submitted by a student
January 10, 2006
I am actually not a parent, but A former student ( class of 1999). I went to Northeast and was enrolled in the Liberal Arts Program. I was one of the best experiences I'v ever had in my life. I got a first-class education, great teachers and wonderful activities to choose from. It is also the school of very successful people. Thanks to Northeast I'm in my final year at Harvard law, was magna cum laude at Northeast and at the top 10% at Duke University. Northeast is a great school send yur child there.

- submitted by a former student
October 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
The only way to describe this school is a jungle. Many of the kids are totally out of control, and the teachers simply don't care. The school would be great if they could only gain some control. They have a lot to offer in the way of solid academics, sports and extracurricular activities, but unfortunately they are too busy playing policeman. Get rid of the trouble makers for good, and maybe this school would come out on top.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2005
NEHS has alot of activites. This school has alot to offer, and NEHS is a fun place to go to school.

- submitted by a student
February 22, 2005
I am a senior in Northeast High School. I have went to this school for the last four years of my life. I have to say I love this school, and love what is has taught me. It has given me more than an education, it has taught me culture & diversity. I have learned alot from this school educationally and culturally with the amount of diverse cultures in this school. This school is also very safe, I have rarely seen any fights occur in this school. This school allows the student to decide how hard he wants to learn, if he wants rigerous courses then he can have rigorous courses, and if he doesnt hes still going to get the same level education with a better pace and understanding. I love this school, the education, my four years, & the great friends. I highly recommend this school to any parent.

- submitted by a student
February 19, 2005
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February 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 13, 2005
I graduated from NEHS several years ago. At that time I recevied a very well rounded education which allowed me to complete both college and graduate school. Several of my friends children attend the school at this time and they are receiving the same, if not better, quality of education that I had.

- submitted by a former student
July 30, 2004
This school is a nice school. The work is a little harder and this school has great activites for the kids. Yes every school have bad kids an what not but this school is a lerning place and it will take you far. The teachers are ok some are rude and others are kind. I will recomend this school if your willing to wrok and not walk the halls. This school is nice.

- submitted by a student
April 20, 2004
northeast high school is very racist! the teachers give no homework and some of them are very unprofessional. I do not recommend this school to anyone

- submitted by a student
February 22, 2004
I go to NEHS and I really love this school. I am in the magnet program and even though it's alot of work, it's worth it because I know I am getting a good education.

- submitted by a student
December 02, 2003
It is the best comprehensive high schools in the City. My child has received a well rounded education. The school is well managed and has a caring staff. At times there is resistance to suggestions and ideas. The school has a large student population of approximately 3,600 students on one campus. Good parental involvement as far as the Home and School Group. Parent attendance is good but could be better. Report card conferences could be better attended by the parents for the amount of students attending the school. School has a host of extra-curricular activities from sports, to clubs and arts and music. If a students wants to be involved there is a great number of activities to choose from. I would highly recommend this school to any parent who is considering a high school with and for their child.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
Great School, well rounded teachers, as well as mentors.

- submitted by a former student
August 19, 2003
In my opinion,this is a very good high school. Although this high school isn't ranked number one in the city, I still see that my child enjoys going to this school because she moves at her pace and no child is left behind in the process of learning. The teachers at this school make it easier to learn and ask questions when a child needs it the most.

- submitted by a parent
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Northeast High School
1601 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia, PA  19111
(215) 728-5018
Last modified Northeast High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Northeast High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top