School Details

North High School

4200 Cheyenne, Sioux City, IA 51104
(712) 239-7000

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1436 students 16 students/teacher (IA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade


Iowa Test of Educational Development (ITED)

In 2010-2011 Iowa used the Iowa Test of Educational Development (ITED) to test students in grade 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The ITED is a norm-referenced test, which means it measures how well students in Iowa score in comparison to their peers nationwide. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Iowa Assessment (NRT)

Beginning in 2011-2012 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Sioux City Comm School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

North High School is a public high school in Sioux City. The principal of North High School is Linda Smoley. 1,436 children attend North High School and identify mostly as Asian/Pacific Islander; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 51% of the 1,436 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at North High School is 16:1. West High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 7%
Asian 6% %
White, non-Hispanic 52% 59%
Native American or Native Alaskan 4% 5%
Hispanic 32% 24%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Multiracial 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51% 50%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    The school is of low quality in terms of security bullying cleanliness and staff. Many students bully other students. The parking lot is a unsafe place for your vehicle many people do not have proof of insurance. My son said his history teacher is unprofessional in his job and rarely helps him. North is not a good place to send your student if he or she is not a sociable type. If you are transferring your student here I would transfer them to east high school or west. North was a big mistake for me and my son.

  • (6 years ago)

    North High is a great school My son is the fresh man and he likes the school teachers and the councillor regarding the help reguired.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter attended North High for her freshman year but we recently took her out due to behavior problems of other students (a diverse clique) (and some teachers and administration.) The school did try to help her academically somewhat. submitted by a parent

  • (7 years ago)

    I think North High is a wonderful school to be part of .My daughter has been going since freshman year and she is very involved with band tennis & musicals and choir.The kids all get along with everybody.The teachers and staff are great and the parents reallt get incolved with everything at North

  • (9 years ago)

    NHS is an OK institution. In my view it is better than the other two public high schools in the city (West and East High). While Iowa is 90+% white North has a fairly good balance of diversity. But don't let that fool you some tend to stick to their own groups. Speaking of groups there are a few cliques here but nothing major and most are accepting. North is also home to a lot of kids who should be in private institutions because they aren't ready for public schools (special ed and mentally disabled). Athletics here are ok but North is known for its music talent. The jazz band has either been runner up or winner at state for about ten years now.

  • (9 years ago)

    My name is Rebecca Johnson and I use to attend North high school I have moved to mayn different cities but I have never seen a more involved school than North high school. I would recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a family oriented school with school personel caring about your child's academics and their extra-curricular activities. There is so much school spirit at North that you just won't want to leave after a basketball or football game.

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Overall score

(based on 11 ratings & reviews)

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