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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Northern High School is a top rated, public school located in Grand Rapids, MI. It has 1,117 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 69% of students are at least proficient in math and 88% in reading.
Address
3801 Leonard St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Telephone
(616) 493-8600
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Northern High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
88%
Percent Proficient - Math
69%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1270
164 responses
Average ACT
28
160 responses
AP Enrollment
38%
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Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$57,302
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$828
National
$949
Median Home Value
$153,500
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.7 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.7 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 13 responses
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  • Football Games
    31%
  • Dances
    23%
  • Our school assemblies
    23%
  • Homecoming
    15%
  • Spirit Week
    8%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,117
Free or Reduced Lunch
11%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.7 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.7 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.7 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$66,558
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.3%
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.10 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.10 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.10 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
$12,400/ year
National
$12,239
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.12 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.12 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.12 responses
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Forest Hills Northern preaches inclusivity and diversity and it’s really great how close you can get to your peers throughout the 4 years you attend this high school. If you get active and join clubs or sports it’s a really great way to make new friends. Of course, like many other high schools, there’s still the drama and the cliques. That all depends on who you choose to be in your life. I love the friends I made in this school and wouldn’t want to go to any other!
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My high school experience was incredible for many reasons. On of my favorite parts about Northern High School is how connected and involved everyone is. We have this saying, "Ubuntu", that means 'I am because we are', that the whole school knows. We have every after school activity and club I could imagine, and, if you find that there is one missing, you will have no issue having friends and staff helping you to create it yourself. Northern has a very homey feeling to it. All of the friends and mentors I have received from this school will stay with me forever. There is no other high school I would have rather attended.
Attending FHN is the best experience I have had. I have experienced first hand the FHN motto, UBUNTU. While no place is perfect, I love being in a place where the goal is about the pack mentality. I have been someone who in some cirlces is not in the popular crowd and in other cirlces considered popular. Having seen both sides, I see the importance of how we come together to lift up everyone. I know that having experienced UBUNTU and the pack mentality will stay with me throughout my life. I know that I am a better person and I have FHN to thank.