School Details

North Reading High School

189 Park St, North Reading, MA 01864
(978) 664-7800
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 & ungraded 705 students 13 students/teacher (MA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

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71%

Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)

In 2010-2011 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math, and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • North Reading School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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90%
73%

Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCASSTE)

In 2010-2011 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • North Reading School District average
  • Massachusetts state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

North Reading High School is a public high school in North Reading. The principal of North Reading High School is Jon Bernard. 705 children attend North Reading High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 9% of the 705 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at North Reading High School is 13:1. Reading Memorial High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 95% 93%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Asian 2% %
Multiracial 1% 2%
Hispanic 1% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.4% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9% 8%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    Low standards all around. Now that I'm in college and I'm up against students from a wide variety of different high schools I really see how poorly I stack up against them even though I was a great student at NRHS. The school doesn't encourage students to challenge themselves. In the challenging classes--AP classes especially physics and chemistry many students don't even pass the AP exam. Too many students go crying to their parents who call the teachers and argue for higher grades. Great SAT scores are a rarity. Also most school clubs (except drama club) aren't taken seriously and don't do anything except give a few kids leadership roles for college applications. Maybe it's because students here all have that "learning is uncool" mentality so a Model United Nations science club school paper etc. would be considered dorky. Students from NRHS generally go to sub-par universities--Guidance department is absolutely horrible. I had a poor experience at NRHS and I am unsatisfied with my education. I did very well in NRHS and I am working very hard in college but I see that NRHS's low standards are hurting my performance in college.

  • (5 years ago)

    As an almost former student I frankly don't know what these people are talking about. I had a fantastic experience at North Reading High School both in and out of the classroom. Stifling creativity? I doubt it. I will agree that the priorities of the school are geared toward the fine arts but it doesn't make those departments any less good. The school's Drama club (Masquers) is one of the largest clubs in the school and one of the best in the local area. It's in its 40th year and has had two very different but equal as great directors. I had a wonderful experience with it. Our band has also won numerous awards as well. What I loved about NRHS was how personable everyone was. Its a small school so you're bound to know everyone at some point. I recommend NRHS to anyone as I had a wonderful experience here.

  • (6 years ago)

    My two children graduated from this school. The lack of adequate teaching facilities and adequate college preparation is obscene. Many teachers are excellent and try hard so that the students can succeed. There is little effort to include performing and visual arts and lack of a foreigh language program that prtepares students forthe rigors of collge foreigh language. If your child is bright curious and willing to learn be prepared this school will stifle that creativity. Both of my children are now in top rate colleges and to see their intellectual curiosity blossom once out of the narrow minded school system is wonderful. They are both succeedin despite their high school education. If you have an opportunity to send your child to private school or move from the community prior to ninth grade do it!!

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a former student of NRHS and I am very happy with my education. The school does suffer from lack of funding but the people who should be blamed are those who vote down the overrides. I graduated over a year ago and when I was leaving (07) funding for foreign language art and PE was all being trimmed-which is a disaster. Honestly most kids have no interest in a lot of these activities (IE French painting gym). Besides the fact that is was becoming a factory for SATs and MCAS like many other schools the school has many incredible teachers. I found the English Science and Social Studies programs to be particularly strong and they prepared me well for college. Your student will determine their own education but NRHS can provide many opportunities. Oh and from experience drugs (and alcohol) are worse in neighboring towns.

  • (6 years ago)

    Honestly I'm not sure that the parents in the other reviews have any idea what a high school should be like. The funding and priorities of this school only cater to the ongoing sports and certain recreations. This school is extremely close-minded in the way it is ran and lack the proper funding for their art programs. Their lack or extra curricular actives is astonishing it is no wonder why this school has such a high rate of drug and alcohol abuse. I know all this because I am a former student that was lucky to get out of this place my senior year. My suggestions and views never were regarded. I feel that my education suffered due to the fact I went to this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter and I moved to North Reading in her freshman year from Andover. When we came her she was fed up with school and became extremely rebellious due to the way andover had handled her. After 3 months in North Reading High School she completely changed her tune and became an active participant in her education. I give North Reading High School kudos for thinking of the student and their well being not just their education.

  • (10 years ago)

    North Reading High does an amazing job of educating their students. The teachers are dedicated hard-working and enthusiastic. There is a high level of parent involvement and positive energy.

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