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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
North High School is a public school located in Des Moines, IA. It has 1,274 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 53% of students are at least proficient in math and 53% in reading.
Address
501 Holcomb Ave
Des Moines, IA 50313
Telephone
(515) 242-7200
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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
53%
Percent Proficient - Math
53%
Average Graduation Rate
88%
Average SAT
Average ACT
21
75 responses
AP Enrollment
32%

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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$50,508
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$789
National
$949
Median Home Value
$96,205
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
82%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.11 responses
Poll
64%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.11 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 34 responses
Report
  • Sports
    24%
  • Plays/musicals
    21%
  • Dances
    18%
  • Football games
    18%
  • Going home
    9%
  • Band
    3%
  • Basketball games
    3%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,274
Free or Reduced Lunch
86%
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.15 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.15 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.15 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$58,186
Teachers in First/Second Year
15.3%
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.21 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.21 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.21 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$13,757/ year
National
$12,239
64%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.22 responses
14%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.22 responses
36%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.22 responses
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Overall, the school has excellent staff and teachers! These individuals really do care about their students. The school itself could benefit from improvements such as maintenance and the behavior of students.
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I enjoy North High School, it is very diverse and it is very fundamental. There should be more improvement around the school. The safety in this school is accentual but there are fight the accrue more often than it it should. Parent involvement is poor because not a lot parents now about there children academic grades, and at North academic grades are not that high. There is good to North high school, there is so much diversity and culture here that is very welcoming. There is a lot to do at North there are clubs, sport, after school activities, and more. The teachers do try there very best to get through the children and get them to learn.
North high school had pretty average teachers overall, I felt as though many of the AP teachers were not qualified to teach an AP course. However, North had great diversity and allowed students to interact with people different from them across clubs and activities. The school also has great school spirit, especially at sporting events.