A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Address
3801 Leonard St Ne
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Telephone
(616) 493-8600
Website

Northern High School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
68%
Percent Proficient - Math
52%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1280
33 responses
Average ACT
28
60 responses
AP Enrollment
35%

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.5 responses
Poll
80%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.5 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
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Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,125
Free or Reduced Lunch
12%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.5 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.5 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.5 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.3%
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.8 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.8 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.8 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$11,625/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.10 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.10 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.10 responses
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Northern High School Reviews

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I loved FHN! Great students and staff when I was there from 1993-1997. I live in Florida now and I have 3 kids. One in elementary, one in middle and one in high school. They have attended both Ft Myers schools and Naples schools. Naples definitely better but what I don't like is when they move to middle or high school not all of the kids will move together. So a lot of their friends move to a different school. Where Forest Hills Northern middle students all move to Forest hills northern high school. Which makes for an easy adjustment.
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In all honesty I loved Forest Hills Northern. In my opinion it is the best out of the three high schools in the district. There is so much diversity, not only within the student body, but also in the extracurriculars and in the curriculum. The best part of my experience was the amazing musical theater program. However I do sometimes wish things were a little more organized and that the students had more say.
Northern High School is an okay school given that it is a public school. It has a student population of around 1300 which allows enough socializing to create a 'tiered' social structure within each grade level. The teachers are either good or bad, there's not really an in-between. They are generally inconsistent with communication skills, but their grading is consistent.