Good news from North High School

NORTH DENVER —  The fall semester is well underway and we have lots of good news to share from the hallowed halls of North High School.  Thank you to everyone in the community who came out to support North High at the powder puff game, homecoming parade, chili and chile cook-off, bonfire and the Homecoming football game! North’s varsity football team is currently undefeated at 4-0.  Come out and catch a game.

On the enrollment side, we have the largest freshman class in many years with 340 students, a 31% increase over last year.  The entire student body is nearly 1,100 representing a 21% increase in the last two years.

We know that the success of a high school is demonstrated through multiple measures.  While CMAS state testing is not the only measure, it is one that allows us to see how we are doing compared to other schools in Colorado.

This year, North’s English/Language Arts scores went up 9%, which was the second highest increase of all traditional high schools.  We had an MGP (Median Growth Percentile) of 65, which is also the second highest of all traditional high schools and falls in the state category of “More Than Expected” growth from our students.  According to Principal Scott Wolf, “East was the only school who outperformed us by one point.”

By way of comparison the Language Arts Median Growth Percentile for a mix of traditional, innovation and charter high school’s was: East-66, North-65, South-53, West Leadership-45.5, West Generations -41, and Strive Excel-37.

In Math, we gained 9.5%, which also was the second highest increase of all traditional high schools.  We are especially excited that we increased the percentage of students passing the Geometry portion of the assessment by 41.8%.  Our MGP in Math was 59 and again the second highest of all traditional high schools.  (Thomas Jefferson led the pack at 65.)

In Math comparative MGP results show: West Leadership-62.5, Strive Excel-62, West Generations-59.5, North-59, East-55, and South-54.

Thank you for the collective investment in North.  It is paying off for our students and our community!  Please join us on October 27 from 6-8PM for our annual Trick or Treat Street costume party. It’s a wonderful way to connect with and support your future, neighborhood high school and our North Denver community. It is a free event.

Rebecca Caldwell  |  Rebecca_caldwell@dpsk12.org

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