We are very happy with the education our children are receiving at North Hills Prep. All institutions have growing pains, NHP included, however they go above and beyond to provide stimulating curriculum with one on one teacher-student involvement as necessary to ensure that the kids have every opportunity to succeed. If a parent just shoves their kid into a high performing school but doesn't make an effort to help educate their child on their own, doesn't require that their child follow the rules and tries to cheat the system to ensure that their child gets ahead, well, that parent got what they deserved. We are happy at North Hills and have been from our start there. This is a good school with a good program, it isn't a baby sitting service for lazy parents who think the school and the kid should figure out the kids' education on their own.
This school is an excellent school and I love the academics, curriculum, and the teachers that are present. However, I dislike the influencing policies of Uplift Education on North Hills Prep as they are trying to ruin the school's reputation from that of a #9 high school in the nation to that of a below average public school with their upcoming school day policy from 7 am to 4 pm and the use of CFA's on students as a pawn for a marketing strategy. North Hills is a great school, but must be independent from Uplift Education.
If you have kids in this school pull them out before high school. Kids have no options to advance this school is gone down the drain the day uplift came and took over. CEO of uplift may as well be a curse word for this school.
Comparing to any other surrounding schools, I think NHP is best. Parents involvement is very high and I am not sure its the same case with other schools.
I agree this school has much homework. But i also learned that it depends on the kid. i have 2 children. one of them would wait until the last minute. the other one had more homework, but she learned to organize it and has time for other activities. the school isn't high quality, but the place is a safe environment and most teachers are caring. The dean can be strict, but is doing the best he can.
For Post 06/08/13- Congrats on acceptance from all colleges you applied but which college did you choose and did you get scholarship?
I am an alumni who graduated with acceptance into every university I applied to (just the in-state schools, UT, Tech, A&M, Baylor, UD, UTD, UNT). To parents with students in the school or looking at the school, please keep in mind that your child is probably the least accurate source of information you can get about the school. I know, because all of my teachers were "the worst ever" as well as "unhelpful and stupid" when I needed a scapegoat. In truth, North Hills is an amazing school. Drugs, alcohol, violence, and even "style" are nearly a nonissue. "Cliques" are very difficult to form because class sizes are so small. I knew everyone in my grade and got along well with all of them. AP and IB credit will overprepare your children for college. Stepping in to college from North Hills meant less work for me, and I didn't even do IB. Even with the very lax (compared to IB, I mean. I took 4 classes my senior year and had 4 off periods.) AP program, I graduated with 32 hours of college credit, or two full semesters of college. Parents--that's somewhere between five and fifty thousand dollars saved. The teachers are very knowledgeable and care about your children. Proud Alumni.
My son is not in the top 25% ranking in upper school, the reason he can't get a good grade is because he is not working hard enough, You can find thousand excuses for your kid's poor performance, but there is only one truth , that is his attitude problem. Both the parents and kids needs to identify the real problem and work it out together, to blame on the teachersor the environment is not really a good idea. No matter your kids are in Coppell ISD, CFB ISD or UPLIFT ISD, please direct your kids to a right direction. It is o.k to get detentions from the school, because it is a learning procedure, but please make sure your kids won't make the same mistakes twice.
My kid has been going to NHP for last 2 years in middle school. I would say it is not worth the trouble if you are trying for middle school. Teachers are not trained, anyone who can teach for a minimum wage is a teacher. They don't know how to deal with kids and the Dean is a person there only to give away detentions. It is not worth that money and effort. I am a teacher in CFB ISD and know how much training we receive to be in public schools. This school has the name due to tha hard working Asian population. thats it... I would say .. don't bother..
Not worth the hassle. Too much rotation of teachers and admin. Unstable environment for excelling kids. It does not work for kids who need more challenge. I am moving mine to Coppell.
The school bill's itself as a great school and uses it's Newsweek ratings to secure state funding that it then distributes unfairly to the other uplift schools in the system. If you have a child there, enjoy the public school prices, but beware the human toll on your child as they spend every waking moment doing ridiculous college level homework from teachers with a poor command of the english language. The confuse RIGOR with RIGIDITY, and your student will find it unfair that the largest part of the student body is from India, and that the performance-driven parents will spring for outside tutoring or are engineers themselves, and their kids will test wonderfully even without any North Hills instruction. This gives the school great ratings even with sub-par teachers.
IT IS RIDICULOUS THAT SPANISH TEACHER DOES NOT TALK IN ENGLISH TO MAKE THE STUDENTS UNDERSTAND SPANISH, BECAUSE SPANISH IS NOT THE MOTHER LANGUAGE OF THE STUDENTS. STUDENTS SHOULD UNDERSTAND SPANISH BY ENGLISH AND EASIER LESSON PLANS.A HONOR ROLL STUDENTS DON'T GET A HONOR ROLL BECAUSE OF THIS. ONE 7TH GRADE SPANISH TEACHER TALK ENGLISH TO MAKE STUDENTS UNDERSTAND, WHILE THE OTHER TEACHER DOES NOT. THIS IS NOT FAIR TO THE STUDENTS. THE SCHOOL SPENDS A LOT OF MONEY FOR OTHER UNNECESSARY THINGS BUT THEY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO BUY EACH STUDENT A SPANISH TEXTBOOK. NORTH HILLS IS NOT ORGANIZED, ESPECIALLY THE TEACHERS. THE STAFF RUSHES EVERYONE AT THE END, AND MAKES MANY MISTAKES. THE TEACHERS OF NORTH HILLS SHOULD NOT MAKE MISTAKES, BECAUSE THIS IS A GOOD SCHOOL. WE WISH AND HOPE EVERYTHING IN NHP SHOULD BE PERFECT THAN ANY OTHER SCHOOL.
How on EARTH this school gets a positive rating is quite questionable. Some of the worst teachers -- well, the worst are gone now -- but this place was not what the information here indicates. Hopefully they have changed when they rid themselves of several terrible faculty members over the past three years or so.
We have been at North Hills for 5 years and this year we have a child in elementary, middle school and High School. We transferred from another school and I am always looking around and learning about other schools. I have to say that to date I have not found another school that compares. Academics and cultural diversity are celebrated. This new leadership tries to be flexible and attempts to show gratitude to parents. The kids themselves are lovely and accepting and curious of other races, cultures and of new kids. And, by the way, we have an incredible new building that houses science and the arts. My kids are happy to go to school and are even sad when summer vacation begins (they get over this pretty quickly) and happy when it resumes. They tell me that they wouldn't dream of going anywhere else. Nothing is perfect, but if ones children are demonstrably happy with their learning environment and doing exciting project work, I guess I should be happy too.
This school is very disorganized in the way they plan their lessons. In the beginning of the quarter, they relax, but at the end, they just pile work at you, and with all tension, it can fail you and cut you short from an honor roll.
Our family has been a part of North Hills Prep for 10+ years and we continue to be extremely satisfied with the social and academic environment it provides. North Hills Prep is a small school that attracts students from very diverse backgrounds and cultures - an amazing opportunity for our students. Our oldest graduated this year and was accepted into several elite colleges as were his classmates.
North Hills Middle and High School offer so many great programs thinking outside the box. The offer the International Bachelorette program (IB) which includes the Middle Years program (MYP). These programs offer so much to the kids in reference to accomplishing goals in more than one way. Thinking beyond what normal schools teach. The Theatre program incorporates all the other classes the kids take. They use algebra when measuring and taping off stages and building props, they use whatever the English teacher is teaching on what plays to do, etc. This school is amazing.
As parents we are disappointed with the direction in which this school is moving. Their primary program is very good, but the middle and upper school programs are becoming worse. Many talented students leave the school before they enter high school. The student population is more than 50% Asians (mostly Indian). The excellent ratings/rankings that this school receives are the result of hyper-involvement of Asian parents in their kids education, not because of anything the school does. Now, they are trying to dumb down the curriculum (discontinuing Accelerated Math program, encouraging teachers to give less homework, etc.). They treat excellent teachers shabbily but recognize mediocre teachers. They are overcrowded, understaffed, and their facilities are horrendous (science labs are just regular class rooms that lack basic safety features like wash sinks and shower facility; many teachers don t have dedicated classrooms; many upper school teachers teach AP and IB curriculum in the same class, etc.). They keep saying they are short of funds, but then they lavish money on unnecessary events like the upcoming college signing day where they have reserved the Moody Coliseum at SMU.
We've been at the school 10 years now - have a senior and a middle schooler. What a difference strong and effective leadership makes!!! NHP had become a school we were ready to pull our kids out of last year due to very poor leadership, an atmosphere of distrust and broken lines of communication. It never was like this, but a change in senior and MS directors over 3 years ago was disastrous! We're glad we decided to stick it out for another year (didn't have much choice with 1 child graduating!) and have been happy with the change in leadership at the school. the kids are happy, teacher morale is high, the administration listens to parents and takes the time to communicate.... Wonderful involved parents are a blessing at NHP! We particularly like the diversity, the strong history and english programs, creative art program (with limited facilities they do an incredible job!) and some dedicated teachers.
I am a student at NHP and it is the worst school I have ever attended! It is very rididulous and racist.
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