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Orem, UT
Students enrolled: 753

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1660 North 50 East
Orem, UT 84057

(801) 227-8720
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March 10, 2014
I like the quality of education my children receive at Northridge. We started out of area and experienced another school where my child received top grades but was not learning grade appropriate material. Her teacher helped her catch up to grade level and excel but the following grade. The teachers do an amazing job. I like the principal and her genuine concern for the students. She has helped me on a few occasions where I needed help with situations at school. She is a good leader. I like the high level of parent involvement that allows teachers to accomplish more and children to get 1on1 attention.

- submitted by a parent

September 04, 2012
Northridge is a fabulous school! My daughter is in second grade and has had only the best of teachers! I don't know of one 'bad' teacher there. I wouldn't have my child go anywhere else. GO NIGHTHAWKS!!!

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August 24, 2012
I love Northridge Elementary. I had three kids attend there, and I have two more kids there right now. Northridge is in the top 30 Elementary Schools in the entire state of Utah. The teachers truly care about each child's academic performance. The computer, art and music programs are excellent. I feel that my children were prepared for Junior High and received a well rounded education. The PTA and parents are very supportive. I can't imagine a better school. Go Nighthawks !

- submitted by a parent

June 20, 2012
BEWARE OF FIRST GRADE TEACHER. There is a first grade teacher who was teaching less than half the year. I caught her yelling at the kids. She was very cruel when she was there. She requested no parent helpers so she could "get control of the class" My daughter came home saying her teacher was always mad. She felt sad all year and would come home so upset she would cry! I wish I wouldn't have let her stay. I couldn't believe how she treated the students and my daughter did not learn anything the whole year due to her teachers lack of caring and constant absence!!! I wanted to be supportive of her because I believe in giving the benefit of the doubt, until I actually surprised my daughter for lunch and caught her teacher litterally FREAKING OUT on 2 kids in the class. When she spoke to the kids it was very negative and this should just be stopped. Another parent went to the principle and the principle just told her to go to another school because she was out of area anyway! So, basically a whole year of hardship and nothing learned.

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2012
New Principal is very unorganized. She seems incompetent and lacks confidence as a leader of children and of her teachers. I tried to ask her for help and support for my struggling daughter, her comment was this, "well, that's what's wrong with this school model. It's not what's best for kids." I asked her if it was good teaching practice for her 1st grade core teacher to show so many movies, and she said how else do you control 26 kids?

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November 12, 2010
My son currently attends this school and has ever since kindergarden .This is a great school academically. I have had no problems with the teachers and the principal seems concerned about the welfare of the school and the students. However I am pulling my son out due to social problems at the school. He has had alot of problems with bullying and the kids don't seem to be very friendly. I am not sure if he personally needs some improvement on his social skills and/or if it's because he is one of the only ethnic kids at the school. Other than that the school is great.

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no rating
February 11, 2010
Excessive homework to compensate for sometimes mediocre teaching. Principal is true politician. There are a number of outstanding teachers and staff members though. Music, art, and computers are two areas I think you would be hard pressed to find any better.

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September 11, 2009
This is a school with very high parent involvement. There are some excellent teachers, and the school is known for its excellent specialty programs. The principal administrates well for the masses, but is poor with one on one and special needs. The school is still on an extended day schedule which is, in my opinion, a very poor choice, especially for the younger students.

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September 01, 2009
Very impressive programs and curriculum! Great teachers, especially the specialty teachers.

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June 03, 2009
Northridge is one of the best schools in the state and competes with any private school on both an academic and extra curricular level. The only disadvantage is the current Principal who works poorly with the parents and staff and a district that is intent on dismantling the programs because they make all the other schools 'look bad.' A top of the line Spanish immersion program was one of the first causalities.

- submitted by a parent

May 13, 2008
Overall, this is an excellent school. The extracurricular activities are amazing, most of the teachers are bright and caring, and the new principal has been eager to help in most situations. I would like to see more attention given to students who might have special needs. Great for a public school.

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December 27, 2007
I am a parent with four children, 2 of whom have attended Northridge, 2 who attended elementary in another state. This is by far, one of the most outstanding schools I have experienced: outstanding music program, excellent to outstanding teachers-- bright, professional and motivating principal. The only 'downside' I have experienced is the extremely demanding and 'entitled' parents, who push personal interests over benefits for all.

- submitted by a parent

October 07, 2007
Wonderful, caring teachers, absolutely horrible, incompetent, and arrogant principal. If you can resolve problems before they get to her office, you are much better off.

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July 01, 2006
My husband and I have lived in Arkansas and Ohio, since my son was a kindergarten student at Northridge. He is now in the fourth grade. You should feel extremely fortunate to have students attend Northridge Elementary. My son had Mrs. Smith in Kindergarten. She took the time to come to each of the childrens homes individually to get to know the parents of the children before school started. That is so unusual, anywhere, for a teacher to be so involved. She really made him feel worthwhile and a little less nervous about school.

- submitted by a parent

May 15, 2006
I found the new Principal tough to work with. I am very pleased with the teachers. They seem to really care about the students. Another item that gives me great concern is the safety of the students. I'm looking for a new school for my children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 13, 2006
The music program at Northridge is exceptional. Mr. Huish is the finest music teacher in the state and really knows how to insil children with a love of music.

- submitted by a student

December 22, 2005
Good academic programs. Outstanding music program. Good parental involvement. Recently changed principal.

- submitted by a parent

December 22, 2005
Northridge really is a great school. The music program is exceptional, and includes an orchestra. There is also an 'art club' which meets after school. Parental involvement is high -- for example, there is a 'home reading' program run entirely by parents, where children are encouraged to take home books, read them, then return them and exchange for new books.

- submitted by a parent

October 10, 2005
Fantastic new principal! I'm very impressed with her handling of everything so far. Very proactive in Community council meetings. Great communication with teachers and parents. Love the home reading program (English and Spanish Immersion.) Teachers morale is better this year. I'm amazed at the dedication of the parents to this school. Volunteer hours are off the charts. Daughter is in chorus this year and really enjoys it. Mr. Welch is such an awesome upper-grade computer teacher. Really impressed with the new first and sixth grade Spanish teachers.

- submitted by a parent

October 11, 2004
This school has a lot of pluses...some fabulous teachers, great extracurricular programs like a good art club, ballroom dance, or orchestra and a very involved PTA. Unfortunately, poor leadership from and communication with the current principal is very evident both with us parents and faculty and is a great detriment to the school. Morale is very low and not only parents notice but the children too. What a shame! Discipline problems, issues with the Spanish Immersion program and other topics have been badly handled by the principal unfortunately. With different leadership Northridge could be a great school once again.

- submitted by a parent

August 02, 2004
The most redeaming feature of the school is the computer education class taught by Ms. K Smith. Our boys have learned so much from Ms. Smith and she is always willing to stay after regular school hours to help a student with a problem. She makes the kids tow the line but is extremely fair when they choose to participate. Aside from that the school art program is weak and the teacher moral appears to be failing due to lack of administration support.

- submitted by a parent

July 14, 2004
The school's administration is disappointing and unreliable and has a poor rapport with faculty. Faculty morale is low as a result. The upper grade class sizes are too big 40+. There is no Social Studies in lower grades and no art in upper grades. The music program is great, but really it is a high school program run in an elementary school. The chorus is audition only. Other basic academic subjects, particularly math and the resource program are the price paid in order to protect the school's specialty programs, especially music--the key program upon which Northridge bases its reputation. The Spanish Immersion program has been running against district guidelines in the 1st grade.

- submitted by a parent

May 15, 2004
We purchased our home based on its location within Northridge bourdaries, as has many parents locally. Don't let the larger class size fool you. . .This school is on extended day, which allows for more money into the school to pay for aids and activities. School has excellent chorus/orchestra program, Spanish Immersion program, ballroom dancing, a very active PTA. Only flaws are the Investigations math program, which is not indigenous to Northridge, but has been implemented district-wide. Also, the LD/Resource programs are still in their 'building years', to borrow from a sports analogy. Five years ago, their resource program was non-existent. Now they have excellent teachers, but I imagine test scores will be slower to catch up.

- submitted by a parent

April 11, 2004
This is the best school that I have ever seen or been to. It is amazing. Need I say more?

- submitted by a student
no rating
February 10, 2004
The Investigations Math program at this school does not teach math to the students and will not prepare students for higher levels. It is actually leaving students behind in math. A new math program needs to be adopted by the school district. Not much help is given to students who need it in math. The Music program, however, is excellent.

- submitted by a parent

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Northridge School
1660 North 50 East, Orem, UT  84057
(801) 227-8720
Last modified Northridge School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Northridge School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top