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Northgate High School7

Newnan, GA | Coweta County

October 30, 2014

We moved to Sharpsburg last year and sincerely regret our Northgate decision. 1st - The block system is hard for kids because after 95 minutes, they are burnt out of a subject. My child is taking a rigorous schedule, with AP and advanced classes; they don't have room for the electives that a block schedule provides because most AP classes are still year round. But the long classes for 14 - 18 yr olds are my biggest concern about the block schedule. 2nd - The administration is no help and rude. No one is friendly or happy to help; I asked for a new class for my child one week before school started, my reply was short and curt - "It's not possible" there is absolutely no rearranging your class schedule, I was very disappointed in the counselor's unhelpful attitude, even an "I'm sorry, but - any reason" would have been nice." (I still don't know why.) 3rd - kids are practically locked in the lunchroom before school and during lunch. They need a note from the teacher the day before in order to go to a math room for help. They are treated like elementary kids, not like college bound students. 4th- no school spirit.

Submitted by a parent

October 3, 2014

I would have to disagree with the last poster. Of the three high schools in the county, this is the most academically challenging school. The football team is not anything to brag about, but since my child does not plan on being a professional football player, that doesn't bother me. There are other teams at the school that are excellent including soccer, track, baseball, etc. The school also has many A.P. classes, excellent foreign language teachers and high academic standards all around. My concern with all of the Coweta County high schools is the block system. In schools where students have 180 days of teaching in a subject, they are doing better than those who only get 90 days per subject - even if the class hours are longer per day.

Submitted by a parent

May 10, 2014

Of the three schools in the county, this is the worst. Read some comments below and feel the same about principle and football coaches. You can find the head football coach sleeping in his office or degrading kids behind their back. Principle letting it ride since coach retires in a couple of years. Meanwhile, the students pay the price. School has no pride and has regressed of the past few years. Academics are average at best and boys programs are way below average. At of this school in a year but regret putting my son there.

Submitted by a parent

May 7, 2014

My son graduates this year but wish he could have attended another HS. Football program has been destroyed by principle and coaching staff. Sad to see a program that was once built by prior leadership be ruined. Do not believe this school preps kids for college.

Submitted by a parent

April 2, 2014

The teachers and staff and very involved with the students and if you have questions, you get a very quick response.

Submitted by a parent

November 27, 2013

I moved to Northgate my 9th grade year, I went from one extreme to the next.. I came from a country background where drama and bulling barley existed. When i moved to Northgate, i wasn't there 3 weeks and i was coming home crying to my mom, wanting to leave the school. This school does not care about student success, they only care about their image. If your not a star athlete, they don't care about you. If you are, you can get away with anything. All in all, i don't hate this school cause there are some great teachers who do care, but i do not like the school in general.

Submitted by a student

January 6, 2013

I am a graduate of Northgate from 2009. I had a wonderful experience as a student. I can truly say that the teachers in this school have changed my life in a very positive way. The teachers and staff care about the success of their students. Even after graduating I have kept in touch with a few of my teachers. The principal really cares about the success and safety of the students. I have loved my experience here at Northgate!

Submitted by a student

November 26, 2012

Extremely poorly managed school. A lot of bullying happens in this establishment. Beware of principles & police officers as they are only there to maintain the reputation of the school and will cover up/dispose of any detrimental activities that may affect the schools image. I may have been a student there but I can assure you I have never had a track record of bullying/grades. Hopefully this is of some use to anyone looking to enroll their child in the school. Unless your child is an A+ student or an amazing athlete this school will chew them up and spit them out. Unfortunately, I personally suffer from depression as a consequence of spending 2 years at this school. Please do not judge this book by its cover!!!

Submitted by a student

May 26, 2011

I was excited about my child going to high school. He has always been an A/B student in math but he like so many other students were failed by the school. The teachers were given a new math curriculum that they were not prepared to teach this year. Numerous students are failing math and the curriculum will change again for next year. I sincerely hope the school placed a request in their budget for a math workshop to make sure the teachers are prepared for the new math curriculum for this coming school year. My child has his heart set on becoming an engineer and math and science is very important in that field. Getting low grades in math is not an option that sets well with my child or myself. I'm hoping that this issue is addressed quickly and the teachers will have the confidence to work the math problems out on the board instead of just giving the students a worksheet and having them work the problems on their own then give them the answers out of the book. That's not teaching that's just getting by.

Submitted by a parent

May 25, 2011

Let me begin by saying the principal of this school is a excellent example of what all principals should be. She is a person that truly, truly cares about a persons well being. I gave the school four out of five stars only because there ARE a few teachers who do not deserve to be called teachers. In math and physics my daughters had to teach themselves because the teachers belittled those who tried to ask questions and the physics teacher put on an instructional video of another teacher, and sat on his duff doing nothing during class! Overall it is an excellent school with a few teachers that are collecting pay just for showing up.

Submitted by a parent

July 25, 2009

I love Northgate. It is a great place to get your education. Most of the time the teachers are very kind and are always willing to help. If you are looking at schools in this area I would say come to Northgate. It is a school where they really are Committed to Student's Success. ;)

Submitted by a student

July 1, 2009

I am an alumni '09 of Northgate and i loved it, some teachers are bad others are wonderful. I am proud to have graduated from northgate, they really do care about student success, if a teacher isnt doing their job then they are given consequences. wonderful school, i applaud them!

April 3, 2009

Northgate's motto is Commited to Student Success...there should be an addendum to that that says 'as long as they aren't a challenge to teach'. I do not like this school.

Submitted by a parent

October 21, 2008

I am an alum of Northgate High School and I am currently attending the Georgia Institute of Technology. While I feel that Northgate did provide me with the tools I needed to get into this college, I do not feel that all of the teachers at Northgate were overly helpful. Many classes I didn't even need to attend. I actually earned a 109 in one class, and while thats great that I got that high of a score, how is that helping me? Tech most definitely does not give that kind of extra credit opportunity. HOWEVER, tech has probably 10x as many tutoring and extra help programs set up by the school. The monday night tutoring that Northgate offers is a joke, I know, I tutored there several times. I think they need to get more teachers involved because not all student to student tutoring is helpful.

October 21, 2008

All this principal bashing is horrible. DOCTOR Reddekopp is just that for a reason. Having had well over half a dozen principal changes in my school career, I think I can honestly say that, while yes she's redundant, she is the most caring and effective principals I've ever met. As a college student looking back in retrospect I think many high school students don't understand that they're idiots. I was. Thats why she repeats, so that you can't go home and say, 'She didn't tell us.' She's there for your education, safety, and well being. I loved her commitment and I think any student benefits from her being their principal.

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