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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Northampton High School is a highly rated, public school located in Northampton, MA. It has 849 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 79% of students are at least proficient in math and 94% in reading.

Northampton High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
94%
Percent Proficient - Math
79%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1300
326 responses
Average ACT
31
44 responses
AP Enrollment
38%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$64,850
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,098
National
$949
Median Home Value
$321,900
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.10 responses
Poll
80%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.10 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 25 responses
Report
  • Spirit Week
    24%
  • The Pep Rally
    24%
  • Senior Nights
    16%
  • Spirit for basketball games
    12%
  • Team Sports
    12%
  • Basketball Games
    8%
  • Football games
    4%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
849
Free or Reduced Lunch
20%
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.13 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.13 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.13 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$58,054
Teachers in First/Second Year
17.3%
53%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.19 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.19 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.19 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$17,323/ year
National
$12,239
79%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.24 responses
21%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.24 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.24 responses
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Northampton High offers a range of opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom, that are really exceptional. The academic offerings are immense, from a multitude of AP's to exceptional arts courses to history electives. The opportunity to take classes at Smith has definitely been a highlight of my experience. Students are very passionate about what they do. The sports and clubs at NHS are definitely a highlight. The arts programs (video, music, art, etc) are all taught by well-equipped staff who really care about what they do.
Sometimes it feels like the freedom and independence of students is being limited by those in charge. The teachers, like at any school, can be life changing or incredibly dull. Due to lack of funding, the guidance department is way overworked, making preparing for college difficult. I would suggest supplementing their advice with research you do yourself.
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Overall, I love my school. I have made lasting friends, my teachers are supportive and academically I am challenged every day. This year is my senior year and thinking back on my four years in this school, I will miss everything greatly. In my opinion, the most underrated part of my school are the teachers. They are qualified in their respective subjects and they actually care about each student. Even if a student is having difficulties in another area of their life, I have found that most of the teachers are there as a role model to talk to. The administration does have some issues when they attempt to deal with problems in the school. For example, locking the bathroom doors open to attempt to solve to problem with vaping. In general, my school is pretty awesome.
Northampton High is a school that provides a comprehensive educational experience. There are plenty of opportunities to take different types of classes such as Advanced Placement and honors classes. There’s also the Global Glimpse program for juniors, and excellent art, theater, and film departments. The classes are generally good but vary in quality depending on rigor and teacher. The classes become more rewarding as your grade increases. The AP teachers, such as Ms. Locke, Ms. Todhunter, Mr. Mahar, and Mr. Selfridge, are outstanding.