Northampton Area High School

1619 Laubach Ave, Northampton, PA 18067
(610) 262-7812

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1734 students 17 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Northampton Area School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Northampton Area High School is a public high school in Lehigh Township. The principal of Northampton Area High School is Mr J. William Hume. 1,734 students attend Northampton Area High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 22% of the 1,734 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Northampton Area High School is 17:1. Catasauqua Senior 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

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 93% 90%
Hispanic 4% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Multiracial 0.6% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0%
Asian 0.05% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22% 24%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    The school is more of a prison than a school. There have been some incidents in the past 6 years and now the school assumes that each student is like the one that caused the trouble. Too much security to feel like you're in a school. There are "random searches" where security officers will randomly pick students walking into school and make them walk through metal detectors they'll wand them and make them remove their backpacks so that they can pass them through the machine with the belt that scans/x-rays to see if there are any threats just like at the airport. Also students are not allowed to carry drinks with them because the school fears that they are carrying alcohol. If they carry coffee mugs to school the school directors will be waiting at the front of the school where they confiscate it and throw it out in the large trash bin next to them. There are some good teachers that care but as you can see there are some major trust issues between the directors and the students.

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers and staff really are concerned about what is going on with the students. The time that is needed is taken with each child.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have 3 children 2 of which have graduated and gone onto higher education. One is on his way to law school. You make the best of what is given to you work hard and keep yourself involved with after school activities and clubs. Every school district has issues.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am currently a senior at Northampton. The school is great most of the teachers really care about their students and will do anything to help in or out of the classroom. They are also abundent in activities. I'm proud to say I'm in over eight clubs and hold titles in most of them. I would recommend this school to anyone. The school itself is great its the school board that needs help. They don't take the time to actually see what the schools problems are. They act like everything is perfect when in reality there are so many things they could do to improve it. They need to get their head out of the clouds and do something before Northampton get a bad reputation.

  • (7 years ago)

    You make the most out of your high school career both academically and in extra-curricular activities like sports and clubs. All the teachers I had tried their very best to get students to reach their fullest potential. They were willing to help you with any problems school-wise or even personal. They truly cared about all their students even the ones who were difficult to deal with. I was involved in many clubs including Peer Helper SADD Best Buddies and Scholastic Scrimmage and was also a cheerleader all four years. Northampton prepared me for my future and if you make the best of it and do the work required it is a quality place to go to school.

  • (7 years ago)

    The school still has ceiling tiles missing in the hallways the halls are still cramped and half of the rooms are stil leaking. This school really needs to step it up a notch when im a parent i sure hope my children wont have to go here.

  • (8 years ago)

    The security at the school appears to be doing a good job with what they are able to do.

  • (9 years ago)

    It has been nice in the district. My son gets all the help he needs from the teachers who do seem to really care. He is happy there and we are too.

  • (10 years ago)

    A very cramped school. 1800 students are expected to fit into a school designed for perhaps 1000 students. The French classroom was converted from a closet and a large study hall had a wall built in the middle in an attempt to make two more classrooms. They are expanding the gym instead of expanding the classrooms. The school mascot the 'Konkrete Kid' only emphasizes the blatant disregard of academic excellence in favor of having as many sports as humanly possible. Students are shallow and flighty concerning themselves with cheerleading and sports instead of English and Art. The school newspaper is among the worst I have ever seen in terms of quality of both content and editing.

  • (10 years ago)

    As a graduate and now a parent I see that there is not much improvement in the district in the last 15-20 years. Sad to say but I believe the school board is too caught up in its own politics to take education into consideration.

  • (11 years ago)

    The teachers and administration work hard to make the District run. The community is it's downfall. They are not progressive and would rather see the District fail than support it in any way. They fail to see the importance of public education and the future of our children. Money is the motivator not educational excellance.

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