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North Side High School

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Posted September 16, 2008

While I attended NSHS, I thought it was a good school. We had AP classes, and I was in all honors courses. However, it was not until college that I realized how little I had actually learned in high school. With the exception of math/calculus, I felt behind in my college courses. I do not believe this school adequately prepared me for the research and writing levels required in college. I struggled with papers in college because I was not taught in HS. Individual teachers were not a problem. In fact, many were wonderful, but there were definitely problems. Again, the math and possibly science department were fine. One calculus teacher in particular was fantastic, but I do believe she has since retired. Hopefully, North Side has changed since I graduated.


Posted May 21, 2008

My name is Allyson and I attend North Side High. I just finished up my spphomore year, and I'm really looking forward to my junior year. North Side has definitely changed from how it used to be. (I know because both of my older brothers and many other people I know attended NSHS.) But it is not as bad as everyone tries to make it out to be. Many people try to say that it's nothing but a war zone. On some days, that can be true; but not overall. There are great people at NSHS, as well as some not to great. You just have to go into it having a level head. So far, I've loved North Side. I've met some great people and had some great memories. I've definitely gained some lifelong friendships. And I've learned a thing here and there along the way. :]
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 9, 2008

My impression overall (as I have transferred here from one of the top ten high schools in the country) is that Northside High School, is a poor excuse for a school in general. Northside lacks decent teachers, or stimulating academics. From the school district I transferred from a 6th grader, could do the work I'm doing as senior. I never have homework, and I spend most of my class time reading books I buy for pleasure, because the school work is anything but challenging. My sister who is now a law student at Vanderbilt, had homework constantly in high school, and so did her fellow classmates, of which nearly half went onto Ivy League Schools. I can not wait to graduate and join my sister at Vanderbilt. And in case you were wondering I'm a straight A student!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 10, 2005

I graduated from North Side, and really enjoyed my years there. I now am attending one of the top colleges in the South, and I feel that North Side prepared me for the challenges of college. I loved high school, and I am still friends with many of the people I met there.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 29, 2004

I am an alumus of North Side and I would recommend anyone go there. My brother and cousin now both attend and they would agree that it is a great school to spend four years of your life.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 5, 2004

I didn't seem to care about how my child was failing. Yes, they sent notes home but after it was too late. I am a single mother(parent) needing help but there was none offered!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2004

I am a freshman at North Side High School in Jackson, Tennessee, and it is one of the best, if not the best, school in the area. I would encourage anyone looking for a home in Jackson or Madison County to look in the North Side school zone. It is a great school, and myself and most other students would love to have new students at our school. The school is very diverse, so everyone can fit in. So come by and visit. It is an amazing school and any high school student would be lucky to attend.
—Submitted by a student


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

The state average for Algebra I was 65% in 2013.

243 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
44%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 42% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
21%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 62% in 2013.

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
46%
English I

The state average for English I was 68% in 2013.

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
49%
English II

The state average for English II was 59% in 2013.

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
44%
English III

The state average for English III was 40% in 2013.

228 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
20%
U.S. History

201 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students33%
African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
White39%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities16%
English language learnersn/a

Algebra II

All Students22%
African American18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic15%
White30%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students34%
African American31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
White50%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities29%
English language learnersn/a

English I

All Students45%
African American41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
White67%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities6%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students33%
African American26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
White61%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities26%
English language learnersn/a

English III

All Students25%
African American18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
White44%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Students with disabilities9%
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Students93%
African American91%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 71% 23%
White 19% 67%
Hispanic 8% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 70%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3066 North Highland
Jackson, TN 38305
Phone: (731) 668-3171

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