I have a 10th grader at Northern HS and am especially impressed with the number of Advanced Placement courses offered as well as with the quality and the enthusiasm of the teachers. The last two school years, teachers from Northern were in the “final four” for DPS teachers, and for the 2008-09 school year, a Northern teacher was selected as the DPS Teacher of year. My son was fortunate to have this teacher for math his freshman year so we know from personal experience that the award was well deserved.
I’ve found all of my son’s teachers as well as the Principal to be very accessible via email and in person, which was a welcome surprise for high school. We’ve also found the camaraderie and mentoring of the Northern coaches, who put in long days in the classroom and then on the court or field, to be very inspirational and effective in motivating the students. The support of Northern parents is also impressive, and I found it interesting to learn that many of these parents also attended Northern themselves and are committed to the school.