NORTHGATE HIGH SCHOOL

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425 CASTLE ROCK RD
WALNUT CREEK, CA 94598
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Phone: 925-938-0900
School Information
  • School Rating: 5
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District: Mt. Diablo Unified School District
  • Students/Teacher: 24:1
  • Students/Grade: 413.3
  • Number Students: 1653
  • Number Teachers: 60
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5245
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 450
  • Principal: Mr Michael Mcalister
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

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    School Reviews (60 Reviews)
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    Topic: Teachers | Rating:
    Posted 2016-01-01
    "Over the course of my high school career, I have only had four teachers that I believe went above and beyond to make learning an engaging experience for the students. Each and every day, I was excited to come to their classes, because I knew that I would come out after an hour having learned at least several new things, withe related to the topic at hand, how to study better, or just about our world today. Unfortunately, most teachers did not go to great lengths to make the students learn. They spent their time assigning "busy", time-consuming work, which was easy to grade and did not enrich our education in any way. The teachers who I learned from best used a variety of techniques: in-class group projects, small seminars, presentations, lectures, labs, take-home essays, and timed tests were all utilized. This allowed them to let all types of students learn, by creating different environments each day and attracting both shy, introverted students and loud, outgoing ones. In addition, the best teachers returned graded assignments and tests within a week at the latest, which allowed us, the students, to go over the incorrect material and learn from it. Most of the teachers returned assignments after months, which doesn't enrich our education, since we forgot why we wrote a certain essay or what we were thinking while solving the math problem from four chapters ago. Although the amount of bad teachers greatly outnumbers the excellent ones at my school, I still believe that the good teachers make up for this deficit, by enriching our education and being great mentors and role models."
    Topic: Overall Experience | Rating:
    Posted 2016-01-01
    "I'd do it again to improve my grades. I like having my friends here and playing tennis and being in the orchestra."
    Topic: Overall Experience | Rating:
    Posted 2016-01-01
    "There have been several highlights to my high school career. Over the past four years, I have participated in the Northgate Wind Ensemble (top performing arts group). At the end of my freshman and junior year, the band traveled to Disneyland for a four-day performing trip. I had an amazing time, as we got to explore the creation of Disney music, movie making, and even recorded our own version of Toy Story 3 music. In addition, I had the leading clarinet solo in the piece Blue Shades, by Frank Ticheli, which was one of the highlight pieces of my high school band career. Another great aspect was the water polo team. For four years, I spent countless hours at the pool developing and refining my athletic skills, and learning how to become the best player and teammate I could be. During this past fall, I led the team to our school's first ever Sectional championship! It was a fantastic experience that I will never forget, and this is why I would never choose to attend any other school."
    Topic: Teachers | Rating:
    Posted 2016-01-01
    "They really vary, but most are helpful and kind to all students. Some pick favorites, though, and sometimes bias shows through in grades. They are well informed and are usually very consistent in grading throughout the year."
    Topic: Academics | Rating:
    Posted 2016-01-01
    "Nothing about the academic system at this school stands out. Almost all of the teachers do a decent job in the STEM related classrooms."
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