North High School has an
award-winning counseling staff. North's counseling department received
the Indiana Gold Star Counseling Award in November 2011 and the American
School Counseling Award RAMP in summer of 2012.
In 2009, Mrs.
Diana Nurrenbern, math teacher, received the Indiana PTSA Teacher of the
Year Award. In 2010, Mr. John Skinner, principal, received the Indiana
PTSA Principal of the Year Award and Mrs. Leslie Wilhelmus, English
teacher, was a finalist for the PTSA Teacher of the Year Award. In 2011,
Mrs. Abigail Whicker, German teacher, and Mrs. Leslie Wilhelmus were
first and second runners up for the Evansville Courier and Press Teacher
of the Year Award.
In 2011, North's master teacher schedule was
built to allow each core content area PLC to have the same planning
period off on even days and each SLC team to have the same planning
period off on odd days. As a result, North is seeing increasing fidelity
of implementation of PLC work with curriculum and SLC work on
relationships and school culture.
North has experienced a
decrease in expulsions, suspensions, and discipline referrals. There has
also been an increase in assessment results in state testing in both
ELA and Math. Every year the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation
gives a climate survey to students, parents, and faculty, and each year
there has been a positive increase in North's survey results concerning
relationships between student to student, student to staff, and staff to
North's future improvement goals are based on its School
Improvement Plan and the work of its PLCs and SLCs. PLC goals are to be
more purposeful in its differentiated instruction based on classroom
data and to continue to increase data based decisions. SLC goals are
decrease in number of referrals, increase strength of student
relationships with teachers, and increase graduation rate.
is in its sixth year of participation in the Healthy School Initiative.
North received recognition as a Hoosier Healthy School for the past five
years and while the state is not giving awards this year, North is
continuing its established healthy initiatives and its student wellness
North has had 100% faculty participation in the PTSA for the past four years.
the fall of 2012, North received an Indiana Department of Education
Accountability Report Card grade of a B. North was one of two high
schools in the EVSC to receive an accountability grade above a C.
increased its graduation rate: North's Class of 2009 had 76.4% students
graduate, the Class of 2010 had 84% students graduate, the Class of
2011 had 80.5% students graduate, and the projected graduation rate for
the Class of 2012 is 84%.
North increased its Indiana
standardized test scores on both the English 10 ECA and the Algebra I
ECA. English 10 ECA scores in 2009-10were 56.3%, 2010-11 were 67.3%, and
2011-12 were 70.8%. Algebra I scores in 2009-10 were 66.2%, 2010-11
were 73.6%, and 2011-2012 were 80.1%. From 2009-2012 the number of
students receiving college credit through dual credit courses increased
from 266 to 326. The number of credit hours earned increased from 1916
to 2124 hours. There are currently 28 dual credit courses offered
through local universities.