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Northgate Middle School/High School

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Posted June 7, 2014

My daughter just graduated class of 2014 !!! It is so not true about the math tutoring she was in honors trig and they didnt offer tutoring for that I think if you cant offer tutoring for a subject you should not be able to allow students to take that class
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2010

Have had two children attend Northgate Middle School. The teachers are dedicated to the success of the students. They offer advanced courses as well as before and afterschool tutoring. In the math department kids can choose any math teacher to tutor them, for free. This gives them access to a variety of teaching styles that can help them to grasp the information. The school has a very active concert and marching band program and just this year began an orchestra program. Northgate is a small school district and there is a lot of dedicated teachers in the middle school and high school. Anyone attending school with the right attitude who is going there to learn can be very successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2010

I attended Northgate awhile back. I was never impress in the curriculum. Granted there are teachers there that actually did care about the students, the other teachers just brought down the system. I was in all the advance placement courses and honors, and to me they were a waste of time and did not prepare me for college.


Posted March 14, 2010

Not thrilled with some of the teacher communication to parents or lack there of. School website not updated by some teachers promptly so that parents know where their child stands. There are some good teachers though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

Our school is close knit and the teachers really care about the students. Students can be freinds with kids from various cliques without repercussions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2009

This is a great school with great students and I love going there. I am an all honors student and i learn so much.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 6, 2008

I am a recent Northgate Graduate and it makes me sick how little faith parents have in Northgate School District. Northgate excides the state average in PSSA scores. In responding to the parent that complained about hygiene of students, it is not the schools responsiblity to teach hygiene that is something that is taught in the home. I got a wonderful education at Northgate, which is helping me to excel in college. Northgate is a wonderful school that provides it students with the best education, if the students are willing to learn!


Posted October 13, 2008

To all those parents that are disappointed with the school, you apparently do not know what you are talking about. I am currently a senior at Northgate. I am in all honors classes. The reason I am in honors classes is because of the good education I am getting at this school. The parent that said we cannot compete with other schools in the area clearly cannot get his/her facts straight. Out of the PSSA scores from last year (2007-08 school year) we ranked well above most schools in the state. To all those that think we have a lack of education, you must be the parents that have kids that don't care about school and you are expecting the school to handle that problem because you are too lazy to discipline your child. The middle school offers plenty of extra corricular activities.I was involved in many of them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 28, 2007

The good the bad and the ugly. 7th and 8th graders should not be in the high school with 9-12th. We need a middle school! The kids are exposed to way too much too soon. The new principal is striving to improve discipline for students and accountabililty for teachers.It has been difficult. Many students who have been kicked out or drop out walk the streets all day. Security stinks. The bar is only raised for the few elite and they are still not prepared well enough for college. Parents have to fight for everything. There is a lack of extracurricular activites for MS, so they are lost until 9th grade. Many of the teachers are excellent, others don't give homework because they don't expect the kids to do it. Constant discipline issues. Elementary schools are great, HS mediocre at best. We're out of here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2007

Our child enjoyed this school because she became involved in the honor classes and joined band. The teachers she had challenged her to strive for more. I noticed there is a lack of discipline overall. The Arts program is wonderful at this school and they focus on having fun and enjoy learning. They are not strict about doing everything perfectly right.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2007

Northgate MS/HS is wonderful. Most of the teachers are really great and the guidance counselors and office staff are the best. My child attended Northgate schools since the third grade and she just loved this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2007

I am very disapointed in the overall quality of the schools. My child, who attends the middle school, always comes home complaining about the lack of hygiene among the student population. For the extrodinarily high taxes we are paying, I expect a better return for my money. In the middle school, they only require 4 1/2 weeks of gym and health class each. They are too focused on fine arts when the students don't even know how to take a shower. The math and reading curriculum is better than average. The level of parent involvement is relatively low. This is my child's last year in this school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2006

While the size of the school and town were appealing to me at first, I must say that Northgate does not strive to achieve excellence at the athletic or academic level. This school district seems completely comfortable with expecting nothing out of these children. Northgate can't even 'compete' with others schools in the area. 'Mediocre' at best and they are completely happy with that. The teachers and coaches have very little say, the parents and the powers that be rule everything. As a parent, I would not like to be a teacher or coach at Northgate, and I am doing all I can to move out of the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

i have 7 children in school district and i would have to say i would wouldnt move from here until they ALL graduate. Just love everything about the schools.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

78 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
84%
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

The state average for Math was 76% in 2012.

81 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

82 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

87 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
55%

2009

 
 
57%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
80%
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

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

87 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
33%

2009

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

87 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
62%

2009

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

87 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
25%

2009

 
 
27%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
86%
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 Students81%
Female90%
Male76%
Black58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic93%
White85%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female97%
Male63%
Black67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic73%
White80%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
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

Math

All Students73%
Female69%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female83%
Male66%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students49%
Female50%
Male49%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students62%
Female68%
Male56%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
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

Math

All Students59%
Female59%
Male58%
Black23%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female73%
Male54%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students40%
Female42%
Male39%
Black8%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic27%
White49%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students85%
Female92%
Male80%
Black67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
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 72% 71%
Black 18% 15%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Hispanic 1% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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