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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Northern High School is a public school located in Durham, NC. It has 1,490 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 36% of students are at least proficient in math and 29% in reading.

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
29%
Percent Proficient - Math
36%
Average Graduation Rate
79%
Average SAT
1070
130 responses
Average ACT
22
65 responses
AP Enrollment
22%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    A-
Median Household Income
$84,648
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,272
National
$949
Median Home Value
$206,600
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
58%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.12 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.12 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 30 responses
  • Sports
    30%
  • Spirit Week
    27%
  • Culinary events
    17%
  • Plays
    13%
  • Homecoming
    7%
  • Chorus concerts
    3%
  • Spirit Week
    3%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,490
Free or Reduced Lunch
57%
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.19 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.19 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.19 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$43,354
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.4%
48%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.21 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.21 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.21 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$11,350/ year
National
$12,239
74%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.23 responses
22%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.23 responses
26%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.23 responses
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I’m a senior at Northern and this school is the epitome of a JOKE, the administration running NHS has no idea what they’re doing. They constantly blame students for setting a bad representation of Northern to the Durham community, but take no accountability for the actions that their students take. Nothing is done about anything here. Issues of bullying, racism, and other discriminatory attacks are ignored and pushed aside. Positive reinforcement does not exist at Northern. Instead, they patronize students of color by downplaying their competence and ability. Whenever a student of color achieves anything, the only recognition they’re given is a post on the Northern Facebook page. Their only concern is their image, not the well-being of students. School spirit is non-existent, teachers couldn’t care less, and the students are either micro-managed by their parents, or have no sense of direction.
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My experience at Northern High School has been extremely positive. The teachers are incredibly enthusiastic and are very knowledgeable of the subjects that they teach. Every teacher that I have encountered has made learning fun and supported me in my academic endeavors. However, Northern is in a very low-funded district. We do not have access to good resources and we have very limited technology. The building itself is very old and worn down. We do not offer very many clubs, but our athletics department is admired by many other schools. The majority of adolescents at the school seem to have no interest in learning, which can be very difficult for teachers and other students. This is not a problem with the school itself, more of the population that the school serves. I recommend Northern to students and families that are not afraid to take learning into their own hands and are willing to do a little bit of after school research on their own time.
Although there are some very helpful teachers and staff members there is also the exact opposite. One of my main complaints is that the math department at least from 2014-2018 was an absolute joke I had a teacher in my junior year that could not and did not hold conversations with students. I feel like this had a huge impact on my math classes in college seeing that I am still struggling in math and it is my worse subject. There is a good amount of interesting and fun electives but those can change every year. As a 4 year alumn of the soccer team, I feel as if I made a family they're and a great experience. Something else about northern that you can't help is that there is a lot of hooligans doing hooligan things but for the most part you should have no issues if you stay in your lane.