School Details

Northeast High School

1601 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111
(215) 728-5018

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 3075 students 20 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.
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About this school

Northeast High School is a public high school in Philadelphia. The principal of Northeast High School is Ms Linda Carroll. 3,075 students attend Northeast High School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 51% of the 3,075 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Northeast High School is 20:1. Tacony Academy Charter 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

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • Italian
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 34% 56%
Multiracial 3% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 23% 7%
Asian 22% %
White, non-Hispanic 22% 14%
Hispanic 18% 19%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51% 75%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Its horrible. The worst experience of my life so glad I graduated. Everyday I was scared but that's my opinion. For the most part I did enjoy days okay. The teachers helped me excel higher ad well. I still don't suggest wasting time though.

  • (1 year ago)

    I would not recommend sending your child to this school. Horrible teaching staff/police officers and the principal is rarely in the school to talk to .

  • (1 year ago)

    Northeast has many opportunities to excel as a student it all depends n how serious you are about your education. There are options of IB Magnet ans AP course to keep your mind stimulated. The halls are kind of over crowded however that keeps the school alive. Even though we have rosters no two days are the same. We have high levels of school pride in all of our sports which also adds to the atmosphere.

  • (1 year ago)

    NEHS is a great school well advanced my son done well there however the school have haven't changed it's the students very disrespectful unfortunately the great teachers they have now have to become parents as well the school board need to stop putting money in the penal system and put that money towards our children future Mayor Gutter/Nutter is the worst Mayor in history and yet again he's paying Jay-Z and Beyonc to perform here in Philly they can give two craps about Philly

  • (2 years ago)

    my son loves the school The Magnet system and the IB system have some of the most amazing teachers you can have. he had made some really good friends.

  • (2 years ago)

    I currently go to Northeast and am enrolled in the IB Program. It's a great school if you are in the IB or Magnet programs and even if you aren't! However GreatSchools rating is based on test scores and why Northeast's test scores suck is this. A good amount of the kids in IB and Magnet do very well along with those in advanced classes but all these public schools in philadelphia are getting shut down and turned into charter schools...and all the kids that don't pay attention in class at the public schools that get shut down that the charter schools don't want get dumped here because we have the biggest building in the their bad scores make our school look terrible but it isn't. I haven't seen a fight this teachers are WONDERFUL..even the ones i had before IB when i was in advanced classes. Overall Northeast is a great school but make sure your children are either in Advanced classes IB or Magnet if you don't want them to be surrounded by kids who don't care about learning.

  • (3 years ago)

    the problem with north east is not a problem of north east but a problem of the public school system in philly . i have taken an informal poll of 20 students from girls high to hallahan to mastbaum to northeast . here is the test . do you know what the 4th of july is ? all but two answered yes independence day . the other two answered " NATIONAL DAY OF FIREWORKS " !!!!!!!!!! i asked independent from who or what ? of the 20 only 1 knew the answer . others answered i dont know the pilgrams . that is pathetic considering it is the most important day in our country's history and has been taught to them since elementary school . north east is overall ok . they put way too much emphasis on things that are trivial ie. different notebooks (no spiral spiral composition etc ) for different classes for whom and how strict the uniform policy is exercized and not enough emphasis on actually getting the students to learn . last school year i had to buy 2 scientific calculators cost $125 each for them to be used 1 time . and yes if they didnt have the calculator that went against their grade . north east is a good neighborhood school in a poor school system .

  • (3 years ago)

    Not a good school like it used to be.. A bad thing about public education in philly is how it doesn't let girls walk halls without being gropped guys not be jumped... not a good school. My daughter was touched all throughout high school here at Northeast

  • (4 years ago)

    NEHS is a terrific neighborhood high school. The Magnet Program and IB Program offer great academic opportunities for high achievers. The ESOL Program is the best in the city. As a large comprehensive high school it offers everything from sports to music and drama to academic clubs and programs. The school is safe well-run and has a positive school culture where learning is respected and involvement is expected. Don't pass over Northeast. It's still a wonderful school that is helping so many students live their dreams and reach their goals.

  • (4 years ago)

    I disagree with students or parents who do not like the uniform policy. If students did not dress with their pants falling off their butts and girls with their chests hanging out all over the place then there wouldn't be such a need for uniforms. Of course when you see some of the parents they look the same way unfortunately! You know they are not dressed like that working in an office. That's what the principal at NE is doing. Preparing students to dress appropriately for the real working world not South Street on a Saturday night!

  • (5 years ago)

    This school was a good school until they brought in the uniform policy. A lot of things changed since then and thats all they seem to care about. I am in my third year and I don't like it anymore because of the unneeded strictness of this school. Northeast is NOT the best high school but it used to be one of the best. The education is good and some of the teachers are nice willing to stay after school to help you. They have good activities too. However what drives me off the bus is that this school is just focused on the new useless uniforms. The announcements are long and about the uniforms everyday!!! Like telling students 'all outerwear TAKE IT OFF' and stuff. The staff and others could be better. I am unhappy here and I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone. I'm disappointed in Northeast high school..........

  • (5 years ago)

    I really don't think that Northeast is that bad. If you're in magnet IB Magnet Health and Medical or Liberal Arts or if you're enrolling in AP and advanced classes then you will find yourself a decent education. I have a friend in the Arts and Education SLC that also says she learns a lot at school. So honestly it's up to your child if he or she wants a good education. I'm not saying NE doesn't have it's share of problems (I could go on and on about that) but over all it isn't a bad school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Northeast High school because not only was it the High School that my siblings and I graduate from but I knew back then that I wanted any future children that I had to also Graduate from Northeast High school the Teacher really care about the students and they do their very best to Teach in a way that all the children learn what is being taught to them. Also Northeast is very well known for al of their sports teams especially the Football team...It's just a wonderful school and I'm so glad that all 3 of my children has and will graduate from Northeast High School... In fact it's such a great school that Actor Tony Danza is not only filming a reality TV show at Northeast but is also Teaching a 10th Grade English there this school year...NORTHEAST IS THE BEST HIGH SCHOOL....

  • (5 years ago)

    Northeast high school is a highschool you want your son or daughter to be in The Magnet system and the IB system have some of the most amazing teachers you can have the facilities are great and the clubs and activities couldn't be any better All the students are friendly and you find people from all types and kinds. If your not sure about which high school to go to or to put your children in look no more this is where you can secure their future their social life and their safety and enjoyment . Welcome to Northeast High School

  • (6 years ago)

    NEHS is a decent school compared to all the other public high schools in Philadelphia. However unless one is in the IB or the Magnet Program the quality of education greatly diminishes (one could argue that some Magnet classes are jokes also). The administrators at the school seem to care more about graduating the class (whether they're deserving or not) rather than preparing these students for the future. Some teachers are absolutely pathetic; they care more about collecting their paychecks than actually teaching the students. However many teachers do try their best (in dealing with the lack of resources) to give the students the best education possible (ie Mr. Frank Mr. W. Jones Mr. Carr Mr. Meier Ms. Handelman Mr. Stern etc.) Bottom line high school is what you make of it and NEHS offers enough opportunities for all students to discover their niche whether it's sports academics or arts.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am in the magnet program. I have never been happier in my life. No matter who you are this school has something to offer. I never had any school spirit or a social life untill I started here. Hail Northeast!!!

  • (7 years ago)

    I am currently a student at NEHS and it is my first year but this school is absolutely amazing. Chaotic yes. It has so many programs and the choir and orchestra are phenomenal. The school is so different compared to other schools in Philadelphia. It's clean and organized. That's how a school should be.

  • (7 years ago)

    Northeast High School offers a wonderful 'old-school' atmosphere for its students. I haven t found one high school in Philadelphia that holds on to its roots including the overall school spirit and participation from the students. Being a local artist and musician I must second the comment made below about the music program at Northeast. But NEHS is also home to its phenomenal choir ensemble one of the best in the city! Most recently they were one of two featured choirs chosen to join Singing City on stage at the Kimmel Center for a performance of the Messiah. Many Philadelphians are excited to see what the NEHS music program will do in the future. Music choral and orchestral alike is so important for the development of young people today.

  • (7 years ago)

    Because it was Philadelphia I was not expecting much from this school. Boy was I suprised! There's so much to do there and nearly everything's orderlly. It is overall a friendly and prideful school. But there is one problem Its over 1000 students overcrowded. Its almost impossible to get to your locker and class in 4 minutes.

  • (7 years ago)

    Northeast High school has so much to offer. Their Magnet program is outstanding! They have SPARC a program in cooperation with NASA for over 30 years. Their music program is amazing. Most of their music students who audition get accepted into the All-City Orchestra and Band. The opportunities available to the students is far above the availability in other surrounding schools both public and private. When your child starts receiving personal letters from Ivy League Universities asking that your child consider them as one of the students choices and person applications sent to the home from major Technical Universities asking them to apply for early decision. As with any school it depends on the child and the guidance of the parents to make sure their child takes advantage of the opportunities their children are given. I couldn't of asked for a better education for my child.

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