Explanation of Types of Public Schools in North Carolina

Note: All of the school types below are public schools, in that they are funded primarily through public tax dollars.

  • Regular School: a public school that students are assigned to attend because they live in the school's attendance area or attendance zone. Such schools are sometimes called “zoned schools,” “neighborhood schools” or “ZIP code schools,” and are normally only open for enrollment to students from a predetermined set of neighborhoods or ZIP codes. Regular schools are by far the most common type of school in the Charlotte area.
  • Charter School: a tuition-free, public school created on the basis of a license or “charter” made with the State Board of Education. Charter schools typically have greater freedom than traditional public schools in personnel policies, curriculum and teaching philosophy. In return, they must make a commitment to meet state standards of accountability. Charter schools are also normally open to students from counties and towns outside of where they are located. Enrollment decisions at charter schools are often lottery-based, with special consideration given to siblings of currently enrolled students.

Student Growth Index Explained

The Student Growth Index of a school is meant to measure how well the school has been growing student learning over time (i.e., years). North Carolina's public schools receive web-based reporting through the Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS). EVAAS is meant to offer an objective way to measure student progress and the value schools add to students' educational attainment. EVAAS is a statistical analysis of North Carolina state assessment data, and the system provides NC schools with growth data to consider, in addition to achievement data.

If a school has a Student Growth Index of between -2.0 and 2.0, the school is deemed to have "met growth", (i.e., met its average projected growth target). A school with a Student Growth Index of less than -2.0 is considered to have "not met growth". Finally, a school with an index of greater than 2.0 is deemed to have "exceeded growth".

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Northern High School

Durham, NC


Northern High School
117 Tom Wilkinson Road
Durham, NC  27712
Phone: 919-560-3956
Durham County



CarolinaSchoolHub Rating: 3 out of 10 stars
3

Grades Served: 9-12
Enrollment: 1,436
Type: Regular School    
Northern High School

Northern High School


Metro Area Ranking

#22
Metro Area High School Ranking: Northern High School is ranked #22 out of 27 of the best high schools in Durham and surrounding areas (19th percentile). Cick the link to see all 27 high schools.


State Ranking

#402
Statewide High School Ranking: Northern High School is ranked #402 out of 516 of the best high schools in North Carolina (22nd percentile). Click the link to see all 516 high schools.


Overall, Northern High School is a 3-star school (on a scale of 1 to 10 stars) based on CarolinaSchoolHub’s analysis. The school is located in Durham County, NC. Northern High School has an enrollment of approximately 1,436 students and serves grades 9-12. Below you’ll find information about this school’s test scores and more.

83.8
(Met Growth)
Student Growth Score: Northern High School had a Student Growth Score of 83.8. This placed Northern High School in the 67th percentile of 2423 North Carolina public schools with student growth data available. NCDPI’s growth score measures how well schools grow student achievement over time. Scores range from 50.0 to 100.0 - with 100.0 indicating the highest growth in student achievement and 50.0 indicating the lowest.    

 North Carolina Letter Grades
  North Carolina Overall Letter Grade

Please note: The state of North Carolina assigns letter grades to public schools, on an A through F scale.


North Carolina Standardized Tests

Average ACT Scores

Subject Average Score at
This School
Average Score
This School's State
Percentile Rating
State Percentile
State Average of
All NC Schools
State Average
English 15.6 31st 17.2
Math 16.9 22nd 18.8
Reading 17.2 30th 19.1
Science 17.5 31st 18.9
Writing 14 40th 14.6

Nearly all North Carolina public and charter school students who are enrolled in grade 11 for the first time are required to take the ACT. In the chart above, you can get a sense for how the average ACT scores at Northern High stack up against those of other high schools in North Carolina.


End of Course Scores

EOC Biology

 6% - Level 5 (Superior)
 6% - Level 5 (Superior)
 18% - Level 4 (Solid)
 18% - Level 4 (Solid)
 7% - Level 3
 7% - Level 3
 31% - Level 2
 31% - Level 2
 39% - Level 1
 39% - Level 1

EOC English 2

 < 5% - Level 5 (Superior)
 < 5% - Level 5 (Superior)
 30% - Level 4 (Solid)
 30% - Level 4 (Solid)
 9% - Level 3
 9% - Level 3
 23% - Level 2
 23% - Level 2
 36% - Level 1
 36% - Level 1

EOC Math I

 < 5% - Level 5 (Superior)
 < 5% - Level 5 (Superior)
 28% - Level 4 (Solid)
 28% - Level 4 (Solid)
 9% - Level 3
 9% - Level 3
 17% - Level 2
 17% - Level 2
 43% - Level 1
 43% - Level 1

Average SAT Scores
Subject Average Score at This School Average Score
Reading 456
Math 449
Composite Score 905
SAT Participation Rate 36 %

Northern High had an average SAT score of 905 (math and reading combined). This means the school’s average SAT scores ranked #188 out of 490 NC high schools (62nd percentile). On this site, you can see the SAT scores of North Carolina high schools. The SAT participation rate at Northern High was 36% in our most recently available data. Above you can also see how the school’s ACT scores compare to other schools in North Carolina.


Graduation Rate
 86% - Northern High School
 87% - Median of North Carolina high schools
 86% - Northern High School
 87% - Median of North Carolina high schools


 Students

Student Enrollment Trend


Diversity Indicators

 
 American Indian - N/A
 
 American Indian - N/A
 Asian - 2%
 Asian - 2%
 Black - 50%
 Black - 50%
 Hispanic - 23%
 Hispanic - 23%
 Two or More Races - 4%
 Two or More Races - 4%
 White - 22%
 White - 22%

Please note: The numbers above represent combined percentages of end-of-grade and end-of-course tests taken by students at Northern High School for the 2015-2016 school year, as reported by the NCDPI. Actual percentages of students may vary somewhat from those indicated.

School test scores, student data and teacher data are from North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) information for the 2015-2016 school year. Rankings for Northern High School and other area schools were developed by CarolinaSchoolHub.

Other Nearby Schools

School Name Stars Distance City
School
Type
   
Grades
Served
George L Carrington Middle School 2 0.3 miles Durham, NC Regular 6-8
Eno Valley Elementary School 1 0.6 miles Durham, NC Regular PK-5
Easley Elementary School 7 1.5 miles Durham, NC Regular K-5
Holt Elementary School 3 2.6 miles Durham, NC Regular PK-5
Riverside High, Durham School 5 2.6 miles Durham, NC Regular 9-12
Little River Elementary School 7 2.7 miles Durham, NC Regular PK-6
Hillandale Elementary, Durham School 5 3.1 miles Durham, NC Regular PK-5
City of Medicine Academy 7 3.9 miles Durham, NC Regular 9-12
Lakeview School 1 4.3 miles Durham, NC Regular 6-12
Brogden Middle, Durham School 2 4.8 miles Durham, NC Regular 6-8
The School for Creative Studies 5 5.2 miles Durham, NC Regular 6-11
Club Boulevard Elementary School 3 5.2 miles Durham, NC Regular K-5
Mangum Elementary School 10 5.6 miles Bahama, NC Regular K-5
E K Powe Elementary School 3 5.6 miles Durham, NC Regular PK-5
George Watts Elementary School 7 5.9 miles Durham, NC Regular PK-5
Glenn Elementary School 1 6.1 miles Durham, NC Regular K-5
Durham School of the Arts 10 6.3 miles Durham, NC Regular 6-12
Merrick-Moore Elementary School 1 6.9 miles Durham, NC Regular PK-5
Eastway Elementary School 1 7.3 miles Durham, NC Regular PK-5
Morehead Montessori Magnet School 9 7.3 miles Durham, NC Regular PK-5