A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D
Northgate High School is a highly rated, public school located in Walnut Creek, CA. It has 1,671 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. According to state test scores, 60% of students are at least proficient in math and 83% in reading.
Address
425 Castle Rock Rd.
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Telephone
(925) 938-0900
Website

Northgate High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
83%
Percent Proficient - Math
60%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1270
182 responses
Average ACT
29
162 responses
AP Enrollment
20%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.17 responses
Poll
59%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.17 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 43 responses
Report
  • Music Disneyland Trip
    12%
  • Prom
    12%
  • Music competitions
    9%
  • Homecoming
    9%
  • I love spirit weeks and all school rallies
    9%
  • Music program concerts
    9%
  • Playing High School Sports
    9%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,671
Free or Reduced Lunch
9%
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.22 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.22 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.22 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
24:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
1.5%
37%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.27 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.27 responses
52%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.27 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$12,012/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.29 responses
24%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.29 responses
52%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.29 responses
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The schedules are confusing but teachers are there to help. I haven't been able to have much one on one time with my teachers in my four years here, but there are student tutors, teachers willingly stay after hours, and academic advisers available. The teachers that I have found most not able to be of help outside of class have been the math teachers but again, there is still plenty of help. There are lots of clubs for everyone, from science to animal rights, art classes from stagecraft and theater to ceramics and graphic design. Everyone gets involved in the sports and spirit days. Overall, my experience hasn't been spectacular but I can't imagine going anywhere else.
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Attending Northgate was a roller coaster ride, but a fun one! The beginning was a little rough and a bit of an adjustment but as the years flew by, I grew to love it. The staff is friendly and helpful and like many people, I had my favorite teachers. There are plenty of extracurricular activities to choose from and many resources that can be utilized if need be.
Northgate's prison-like outwards appearance does not do it justice for the great resources available, in forms such as advanced technology and staff. Most teachers are nice and love their students and what they teach. Students are also nice for the most part, but there are a plethora of them and sometimes, navigating the school is a real struggle. Northgate has wonderful sports and music programs, though the school should help the music program out a bit more instead of making the parents do all the hard work, and the school should also fix the tennis courts, which have been cracked for 15 years, instead of redoing an already pristine football turf.