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North Central High School

Public | 9-12 | 1480 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted September 27, 2011

My child is in her 2nd year at North Central. I have been so impressed with the staff, the quality of the instructional materials and curriculum the school uses, the emphasis on taking rigorous classes and the constant message to the student that the more they learn in high school, the less they'll further along they will be in their college plans. The homework center helps students who have fallen behind, 87% of the students have passed their WA state Math test, the special teachers and the reading program has remediated young kids who failed their 7th grade reading tests and had them passing their 10th grade test. My daughter is taking 3 college level classes as a sophomore, and many of the students that have taken classes from her teachers have passed exams and received college credit! You can't get ahead like that at a private school! And the kids are so nice there. I work at the neighboring high school and I couldn't believe how weak the discipline was there, the bullying was shameful and rampant, and the cheating was out of control. Ask the kids at my daughter's school and they'll tell you that the discipline is swift and strict and the teachers are fair, but demanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2011

I loved my NC experience. When I hear about others' HS experiences, I feel lucky to have gone there- in my four years I can say with 100% confidence that everyone got along. No 'cliques', little drama. We were there to get an education and get into college. They were preparing us for college from the first week of our freshman year, and the teachers were there for us; they took a strong interest in making sure that we all reached our potential. There was also always something to get involved in and so much spirit as well as tradition. While it did make me sad to hear about the changes that were made for the sake of political correctness, I'm glad that the proud heritage continues!


Posted June 27, 2008

Going to this school has been great! The whole atmosphere and everything is awesome. The teachers I've had have been A+ by my standards. The school spirit is amazing and I'm proud of having attended such a great school which by the way just turned 100 years old. Continuing the Legacy!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 27, 2008

When I was a student at NC Spirit, Pride, and Tradition was every where. I thought that over the years it may have lost some of that heartedness, but when my son started going there I found out that they have even more Spirit, Pride and Tradition than ever before. This really is a great school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2007

This is a great school. I am proud to be the parent of two NC graduates. I also married into a family of proud NC grads. and am looking forward to my other kids to get there. NC pride runs deep.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2006

This is a great school for people to attend. Everyone is always looking out for everyone else. We also have great spirit too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 6, 2005

North central is a great school.. there is no problem with the kids there and it is great for learning.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 1, 2005

I currently have a junior at NC and a son who graduated June 04. Our experience has been nothing but the best at N.C. The teachers have been very connected with our sons and truly show personal concern with their achievements. Coming from a private school background not knowing what we were entering into, I can truly say that I would recommend NC the highschool of choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2004

North Central is the greatest school in Spokane. Besides the random fights and the leaky pipes in the shop hall it is a great school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 22, 2004

I am a former NC special ed student. I completly agree with the lady that wrote about it. She was completly right about everything. I was just lucky enough to graduate. The strive program became a joke my senior year. They didn't help with anything. My junior year they did help me for the most part but still not as good as it should have been. The special ed dept also never got me prepared for College and now I am struggling to even be able to stay in. I want to make something out of my self and was not properly prepared. I loved NC but the special ed dept teachers need a lot of work and to teach actually what the students need for later in life.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 23, 2003

North Central High School offered a wonderful learning experiences, not only for educational purposes but also taught me lessons useful for my life. That staff was caring and always ready to go beyond the call of duty for those students that strived to learn. If I had gone to a different school, I know I wouldn't be the person that I am today. Thanks NC, much love to Ms. Crowe
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 17, 2003

NC is a great High School. I currently have one senior going to school there and he is the last of three. They all had wonderful experiences. This school has a rare quality that most schools don't. There really seems to be no clic's at this school. All the students get along with each other and everyone is encouraged to participate. It would be almost impossible to be an outsider at this school. I really do appreciate that and I know there aren't many schools that can boast of that kind of quality.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2003

NC like most Dist 81 schools have some real issues they need to deal with regarding special education. Students in special ed often complained that they had no access to text books and were literally baby sat in segregated classes. Their instruction was a daily find something interesting on the internet and write a report about it. The strive program that was supposed to help prepare my son for employment did not exist at all! My son never attended a strive class once in a while saw the instructor in the hall. Amazingly it was the one class he recieved an A in. The day he turned 18 he quit school. I am sorry he did but he knew and I concur as a special ed student he never would have received a diploma from North Central.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2003

I really think that North Central is a good high school. It is a very diverse school and really like that my kids go to school there. However, I am really concerned about the way the school wants to change it into four small schools. This is going to drastically change the make up of the school. It is going to segregate the school by making four small schools within one school. More parents need to get involved and see how this is really going to change your childs high school experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2003

My daughter just graduated in June 2003. over all North Central is a pretty good school. The teachers are fair and caring for the most part . there was a few problems here and there . but the teachers or counselers were all ways there to help especially my daughters counseler. Greg Lamana Not sure on the spelling. he was always there when we needed him. thanks for letting me put in my input
—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.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 54% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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58%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
56%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 82% in 2013.

243 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
64%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 93% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
84%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 53% in 2013.

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 96% in 2013.

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Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 22% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
36%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 66% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
47%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
73%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 28% in 2013.

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 61% in 2013.

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Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 19% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 35% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
39%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 35% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

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2011

 
 
33%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 30% in 2013.

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 23% in 2013.

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Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 15% in 2013.

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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 34% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 20% in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 18% in 2013.

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Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students58%
Female66%
Male48%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracial61%
Native American27%
Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income51%
Not low income73%
Special education30%
Not special education63%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students69%
Female64%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracial67%
Native American73%
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income62%
Not low income81%
Special education68%
Not special education69%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students98%
Female100%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
White98%
Low income93%
Not low income100%
Not special education99%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

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Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
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Not special educationn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students31%
Female21%
Male38%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White42%
Low income30%
Not low income33%
Special education33%
Not special education29%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students63%
Female60%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracial73%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income53%
Not low income77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education67%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students76%
Female73%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial58%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income68%
Not low income87%
Special education60%
Not special education79%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
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Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
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Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students13%
Female6%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White13%
Low income12%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education10%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Geometry

All Students32%
Female27%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White31%
Low income35%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education21%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
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Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Malen/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2010.

311 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
27%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

280 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

270 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
36%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

266 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Reading

All Students78%
Female84%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic79%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income68%
Not low income91%
Special education45%
Not special education83%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students75%
Female86%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander60%
Hispanic75%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income62%
Not low income92%
Special education40%
Not special education80%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 77% 60%
Two or more races 8% 6%
Hispanic 6% 20%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 7%
Black 2% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 11%N/A8%
Special education 114%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 256%N/A44%
Source: 1 WA OSPI, 2009-2010
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 15N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 10N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 73%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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