School Details

Northrop High School

7001 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46825
(260) 467-2300

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2181 students 20 students/teacher (IN avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade


End-Of-Course (ECA)

In 2011-2012 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fort Wayne Community Schools average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Northrop High School is a public high school in Fort Wayne. The principal of Northrop High School is Ms Barbara Ahlersmeyer. 2,181 students attend Northrop High School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 2% of the Northrop High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 53% of the 2,181 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Northrop High School is 20:1. Bishop Dwenger High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 15%
White, non-Hispanic 64% 48%
Multiracial 5% 8%
Asian 4% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 17% 24%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.5% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.09% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53% 70%
Limited English proficiency 2% 8%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    A Northrop H.S. teacher told me "I cannot be expected to read EVERY IEP" during a parent/teacher meeting about making accommodations for my son's (diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome) IEP. My son was regularly bullied.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am currently a student at Northrop and I can say that it has been the worst experience of my life. First off some of the teachers there don't fully prepare us for tests and that is the biggest part of our grade. They give us material and tell us to teach it to ourselves. This is very frustrating because when the material is difficult and hard to understand you need someone to teach you how to do it. A teachers job is to teach us and make sure that we understand what we are doing in class. Not all of the teachers are bad though. I have two teachers who do an amazing job but two isn't enough. Why can't all the teachers be like that? Second the kids act like animals. I can not believe the amount of disrespect I see in that school. When a teacher gives a student a referral for something they do over and over they still end up in class. If they disrupt the class all the time then they need to be permanently removed from the classroom so the rest of us students can actually learn. Northrop's discipline is a joke and it needs to be fixed. If you are looking to send your child to a good school Northrop is NOT the school to go to.

  • (1 year ago)

    The administration is terrible. They run the school like its a prison. There was some good teachers but I believe the administration sets the tone.

  • (5 years ago)

    Terrible staff. They treat us all like we are terrible students.

  • (6 years ago)

    i dont like the class sizes there are so many students and only one teacher plus most of the time is spent trying to get the students to behave.

  • (6 years ago)

    I currently attend Northrop High School I think this a great school very caring teachers who push you to each students limits and has high expectations for the student. I did the Marching Band and I found that the band is a very important department to the school and Mr. Witzigreuter is a very good teacher.

  • (6 years ago)

    It's a great school with a great staff.

  • (7 years ago)

    With the loss of the music department head Mr.Talbert things seem to have came to a suddden stop. I hope we can pick up the broken peices of a once great music program. But I respect why he left. good man.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is a good school in general. But it has one bad problem. It has no bully policy or does not follow it.

  • (8 years ago)

    As a former athlete and student of Northrop i'm very proud of what that school has accomplished. Northrop is not only about good sports programs but the attitude of the teaching staff and faculty at the school!! Keep up the great work!

  • (9 years ago)

    I have gone to many differnt schools such as Carroll and Columbia City and Churubuco and Northrop and by far Northrop is the best! The teachers are great and the kids are not judgemental as in smaller schools.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have had some trouble dealing with things at other schools but at Northrop the teachers really seem to care. The after school programs are cool I go to the weight room every day to work out. Go Bruins!

  • (10 years ago)

    As a student Northrop is one of the best school's in Fort wayne. there is a very diverse group of students. They have a great principal. They also have great sports dance drama arts and band programs. The teachers at Northrop care for there students.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have had a great experience with this school. My daughter had some emotional problems that we couldn't deal with on our own as parents. Her teachers and especially her coaches came through and helped out. She is now over this ordeal. She has taken some super classes with some super teachers who truly care about her. The one complaint I have is the block scheduling which caused her to take 1 whole semester of 'fluff' classes and then a semester from hell her senior year. There was no way out of it. I like how the graduation was done and how teachers talked personally about the top ten students.

  • (11 years ago)

    I would highly recomend going to any school except for this one. The principal is by far the worst one I have ever met. She is one of the most intollerant people I have met.

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