The North Hills school has been the best possible option for my son. He has been attrnding the school since the 4th grage. He has been able to do the level of work he was ready to do rather than what was concidered appropriate for students of the given grade. I feel very lucky to have found this school for my son because it has and will continue to make a difference in how he succeeds later in life.
I have four children who are or have attended North Hills. The two oldest began as 5th and 6th graders the first year of the school operation. The oldest failed several classes due to failure to do/turn in homework and completed the senior year at the local district school with good grades. I believe the lessons in completing tasks and fulfilling personal responsibilities are more important than grades. I expect my other children to complete high school at North Hills having learned object lessons from their sibling. I expect my oldest to do well in college and career having learned these painful lessons at North Hills.
This school has been rated too highly. It believes that excellence is achieved through more homework and not learning. The teachers have been noted for giving out 'busy work.' My daughter attended this school and hated it. Now, she is in a much better school and much happier. The administration does not meet the needs of the students and many of the educators are not educated in the specific Teacher Education credits to understand how to better prepare the students. I have received my Bachelor's in Psychology and feel this school is not prepared for the 'future.' Many of the students are unhappy but are forced to attend by way of their parents, which is a shameful act.
I think The North Hills School is an excellent school for those looking for a good education and preparation for college. My only complaint is the homework. It is assigned to the extent that kids at this school will have little or no time for acitivities outside of school. My 8th grade daughter has been constantly doing homework for the last 3 years so we are leaving North Hills at the end of this school year. I do regret having to leave the school because the teacher/student ratio is very acceptable and, I feel the school does provide a safe environment for all it's students.
My daughter (11th grade) and son (5th grade) both attend North Hills. My daughter is in International Baccalaureate program, which is recognized as the most challenging of high school academic programs. Very few schools are able to meet the requirements to offer it. Small classes, commitment to excellence and strong parental involvement. Very safe environment. I highly recommend the school to any parent seeking a small school with high academic standards. If your child is not committed to achieve at an above average level, this is not the right school.
We have had kids at this school since it's second year and seen amazing growth. Although not perfect (no school is) we have been very happy with its demanding curriculum and secure environment.
My daughter is in the 9th grade this year, she has been at North Hills for 4 years. The teachers are great, they take a personal interest in each student. I believe she is being challenged every day, and will be prepared to attend the college of her choice. The small classes give the teachers and students a chance to get to know each other both personal and academically. The majority of parents are very involved with their children in and out of school. I recommend North Hills for anyone that wants a good education for their child/children.
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