Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

North Hills Senior High School

Public | 10-12 | 1104 students

 
 

Last modified
Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 1 rating
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
No new ratings

Sweep tile
No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes begins at 12:00:00 AM Pacific Time (PT) on April 1, 2014 and ends at 11:59:59 on April 30, 2014 (the “Promotion Period”). Open to legal residents of the U.S. and D.C., 13 years and older. Each school that receives a new, published review will get one (1) entry into the sweepstakes, up to ten (10) entries throughout the Promotion Period. See the Official Rules for details. Sponsor: GreatSchools, 1999 Harrison St., Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612.

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

12 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted February 16, 2014

North Hills is a great school. Both my husband and I graduated from NHHS. We both were exceptionally prepared for college, I finished in 3 years and my husband went on to graduate school where he got his doctorate and now runs a successful business. Our two children also attended North Hills graduating in the top 1% and 5% of their graduating classes. One has received a masters degree and the other attended an Ivy league college. They were both extremely prepared for college and life in general after high school. The teachers were excellent and the classes challenged them. It is a big enough school district that offers a child everything they need, yet not so big as your child will get lost in the system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2013

I graduated in 2012, and I've been pursuing an education degree. North Hills was the best thing to prepare me for college. From the teachers to the staff, North Hills is by far one of the best districts in PA. I've witnessed a lot of other schools through student teaching and observations, and by far North Hills sets the standards high. The previous comments that are negative towards NH are totally false. The district keeps its standards high and if a student wants to succeed, there are so many AP and college level courses offered to prepare students for college. Their music and athletic programs are phenomenal, as well. Despite the economy, North Hills still offers amazing academics and extra-curricular activities. Their teachers are top-notch and strive to help their students learn in and out of the classroom. Because of the teachers I had at North Hills, it inspired me to become a teacher. I hope that I can teach at NH some day because of the impact it made on me and the impact I want to contribute to making NH the best district around.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 14, 2012

I am a former student. Many of the teachers did have "pets". While there were a few quality teachers, those were few and far between. Most fully enforced the "no child left behind" law so that EVERYONE passed without care or concern for whether or not they were prepared. Many also took way too long to retire. Finally, the principal was non-existent, unless you include his appearances at the football games.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 12, 2009

I just graduated from North Hills and went on to a nationally-ranked university. North Hills offers such a strong variety of classes, teachers, and extracurriculars that I was entirely prepared for college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 10, 2008

This is probably one of the best schools in western pa. The academics are great and the teachers and students are so nice.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 16, 2008

As an ex student I can say that the level of caring is focused on punishment and bully tactics from teachers. They have a few 'pets' who in their own way enforce the teachers will through hazing tech. steer clear of this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2007

it is probably one of the worst schools in Pa . They teachers only teach to meet pssa and exam requirmens but dont actually teach. The kids are rude and are snobby kids and the enviroment really stinks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2007

The school seems to be more focused on extra curricular activities than academics. If you child is not a cheerleader or in football they are less likely to fit in and less likely to be given leeway from pricipals in situations of dicipline, etc. Perhaps it will improve now that the head principal is no longer the football coach.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2006

Our daughter is currently a junior in the NHSD, and is performing exceptionally well. When asked why she is doing so well, she tells us that most of the teachers are very excited about the subjects they teach. They are creative in instruction, encourage discussion and questions, and she always know where she stands and how she can improve. She has never been bullied, has never encountered drugs, and says she feel very safe. Most of all, we feel she is receiving a quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2005

North Hills Senior High offers a wide variety of class options for its high schoolers. Many AP courses are offered as well as CHS (College in the High School) courses. But it isn't just about the upper level students either. There are many devoted special education specialists working in the school to help those students with special needs. There are many computer lab stations and the school has a wonderful multimedia center (library). North Hills not only provides a broad education, it provides an excellent education
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 28, 2005

~i went 2 north hills and i will say it is very safe and they really help u achieve success. they were not too too strict but still emphasized a strong education ethic. it is definitely a good school to send your kids and comes highly recommended from many different people and places.~
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 14, 2005

We were pleased with North Hills for both our children. Drugs are comparatively low; the teachers take an interest in the kids and tend to have an overall excellent rapport with them. Both my kids said that unless you go out of your way to be a jerk or deliberately not fit in, you will NOT get picked on. Whenever I had a question or concern, I could contact any of the teachers. This is a solid middle class school with working class parents--it is not a snobby school as is our nemesis to the north of us--nor is it a school with high crime and low SAT scores, as many of the city schools are. Have your children attend North Hills with confidence.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

308 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

312 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

304 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
47%

2009

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

319 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
95%
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 Students75%
Female76%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)32%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female83%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students46%
Female45%
Male47%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students93%
Female97%
Male89%
Black91%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)68%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 93% 71%
Black 4% 15%
Asian 1% 3%
Hispanic 1% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Oops! We currently do not have any teacher information for this school. We rely on the state Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and in some cases school administrators such as registrars and principals for this data.

What makes a great teacher? Study after study shows the single most important factor determining the quality of the education a child receives is the quality of his teacher. Here are some characteristics to look for »

This school has not yet provided program information.


Help other families

Millions of families turn to GreatSchools for help with their
school search. You can help these families by providing
a few details about this school.

Administrators & teachers: Let your school shine!

Help your school shine online by adding program highlights, photos and more on GreatSchools! Get started »

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

53 Rochester Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15229
Phone: (412) 318-1402

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools

Eden Christian Academy
Pittsburgh, PA


Eden Christian Academy
Pittsburgh, PA


Vincentian Academy
Pittsburgh, PA



Avonworth High School
Pittsburgh, PA



ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT