Welcome to North High! North is different. North is safe and welcoming and has an extremely strong sense of community. North students love to come to school every day. We have a strong culture of academic excellence with Advanced Placement (AP), Honors and college credit classes, as well as early intervention and strong supports for students that want to accelerate or for those who may need extra support. We have rich academic elective pathways that allow students to excel in the fields of music, visual arts, drama, technology, fitness, JROTC, and world languages. Our scholars, staff, and families are proud to be Vikings. It has been an amazing transformation!
Here are a few reasons we are proud to be Vikings:
Virtually every student reports that the student body feels like a “family” – close and supportive. North students take their studies very seriously and engage in both friendly competition and mutual support to make every effort for top grades. 89% of parents would recommend North to other families. This is a 19% increase from 2014, the largest increase in DPS. North’s Restorative Practice program has been recognized nationally for discouraging bullying while building a strong, shared Viking community.
North’s academic achievement has skyrocketed in recent years:
Our teachers and support staff are united in continuing the explosive academic growth of our scholars.
We are grateful for our 18 community partners that are integral in providing extra academic and social-emotional support students need to excel, including City Year, CU Succeed, Colorado Uplift, Denver Scholarship Foundation, GEAR Up, and YESS Mentoring. All North students have access to the resources and tools they need to thrive.
The research is clear – involvement in one or more extracurricular activities is linked to higher academic achievement and future success. 93% of our students participate in at least one club, activity or sport.
Sports – Well over half of North’s students participate in one or more sports teams throughout the year – and are expected to maintain academic success all year round. North offers 21 different sports throughout the school year. The Athletic Department’s average student-athlete GPA in the 2018-19 school year was 3.4. Viking athletes consistently compete in and win league and state championships and are known for high levels of sportsmanship. North also has an extremely strong Army JROTC program and was the top school in the five state region after scoring 99% in the Tri-Annual Army Accreditation Inspection in 2018-19. JROTC teams compete all over the country each year.
Clubs – There is a range of clubs available to North students, including:
Every North senior graduates with a plan for success in college, and all students have the support of the Denver Scholarship Foundation Future Center as well as our eight Counseling staff members in the college and financial aid process. 100% of our 2020 North graduates were accepted to college or postsecondary programs and applied for financial resources, including scholarships. North graduates attend colleges and universities all over Colorado, as well as out of state, and are awarded millions in scholarships annually. The North High School Alumni Scholarship Association awarded over $80,000 in scholarships to our students this past spring and has an endowment of over $1.1 million.
North High School is the premier high school North Denver deserves for its kids. I invite you to come visit North and see why all of us are so proud to be Vikings, we guarantee you will be impressed.
For more information about North, to schedule a tour or have your 8th-grade student shadow, contact Rebecca Caldwell at Rebecca_Caldwell@dpsk12.org or call 720-424-1495. We look forward to welcoming your family as part of our North High Viking family.
North High School Principal