Northfield High School

Summary:

Northfield High School is a public high school in Denver, Colorado, serving 1,872 students in grades 9-12. The school is part of School District No. 1, which is ranked 79 out of 115 districts in the state and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Northfield High School consistently outperforms the district and state averages on standardized tests, with 76% of 11th-grade students proficient or better in SAT Reading and Writing, compared to 47% for the district and 59% for the state. The school has a diverse student population, with 45.62% White, 13.62% African American, and 30.45% Hispanic students. However, the school's performance for African American, Hispanic, and low-income students is relatively lower, ranking in the middle or bottom half of Colorado high schools. Northfield High School's English Language Learner (ELL) students perform exceptionally well, ranking in the top quartile of Colorado high schools.

Compared to nearby schools, Northfield High School's academic performance is generally stronger than Montbello High School and Colorado High School Charter - GES, but lags behind the highly-ranked Denver School of the Arts. Northfield High School has a relatively lower percentage of free and reduced-price lunch recipients (32.69%) compared to some nearby schools, indicating a more socioeconomically diverse student population. However, the school's student-teacher ratio of 18.7 is higher than some nearby charter schools, which may impact the level of individual attention and support available to students.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 5500 Central Park Blvd
       Denver, CO  80238-2323


(720) 423-8000

District: School District No. 1

SchoolDigger Rank:
78th of 351 Colorado High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,402 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  18.7 Help
Number of students:  1,872

Racial breakdown:

White:
45.6%
Hispanic:
30.4%
African American:
13.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  32.7% Help


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Compare Details Northfield High School ranks better than 77.8% of high schools in Colorado. It also ranks 4th among 37 ranked high schools in the School District No. 1. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 75.85. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Northfield High School is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (45.6%), Hispanic (30.4%), African American (13.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 32.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Northfield High School is 18.7. 43 high schools in the School District No. 1 have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Northfield High School is $12,402. 48 high schools in the School District No. 1 spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Northfield High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Northfield High School 78th of 351 Colorado public high schools. (See Northfield High School in the ranking list.)

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School District No. 1:

SchoolDigger ranks School District No. 1 79th of 115 Colorado school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Northfield High School

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Rank History for all students at Northfield High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 61.05 136th 411 66.9%
2021 64.37 72nd 210 65.7%
2022 59.87 84th 221 62.0%
2023 75.85 78th 349 77.7%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Northfield High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 85.55 6th 48 87.5%
2022 77.62 9th 56 83.9%
2023 68.69 17th 62 72.6%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Northfield High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 70.81 3rd 16 81.3%
2022 77.29 4th 32 87.5%
2023 42.27 19th 44 56.8%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Northfield High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 53.72 36th 77 53.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Northfield High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 38.10 122nd 188 35.1%
2022 40.74 116th 203 42.9%
2023 49.32 101st 200 49.5%
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Rank History for Female students at Northfield High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 75.49 58th 239 75.7%
2022 70.78 72nd 257 72.0%
2023 72.84 63rd 254 75.2%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Northfield High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 51.84 28th 74 62.2%
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Rank History for Gifted and Talented students at Northfield High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 63.98 38th 118 67.8%
2023 59.31 63rd 135 53.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Northfield High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 72.37 67th 240 72.1%
2022 72.42 67th 253 73.5%
2023 73.78 72nd 252 71.4%
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Rank History for African American students at Northfield High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 30.95 21st 29 27.6%
2022 51.78 16th 34 52.9%
2023 53.65 12th 36 66.7%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Northfield High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 59.36 61st 181 66.3%
2022 47.51 86th 205 58.0%
2023 57.01 73rd 198 63.1%
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Rank History for White students at Northfield High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 87.26 18th 225 92.0%
2022 86.17 25th 228 89.0%
2023 83.77 29th 234 87.6%
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Data source: test scores: Colorado Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: Colorado Department of Education

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by a parent
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Open Quote I have two students at NHS - each with a very different student profile however, each has found his place at Northfield. It is a growing diverse school with a small feel on a new campus. As of 2018-2019, we have our first class of seniors and have an IB for ALL curriculum. A student may choose the IB diploma (6 IB courses) or just an IB course. NHS also offers concurrent enrollment and some AP classes. All graduates are required to take IB Language Arts, 2 years of foreign language, and community service hours - making for critical thinkers, global communicators, and involved young adults. The leadership is what I admire most, which trickles down to supported teachers, which trickles down to successful students. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Open Quote My student is a senior and has had a terrific experience at Northfield. Challenging coursework, honors, AP and IB curriculum + a full array of activities, clubs and sports make this the perfect traditional high school. Bonus: The size of the school is key to its success the engaged and energetic teachers and administration are committed to getting to know each student's strengths and offer one-on-one support when and where needed. I have been so impressed and happy with our decision to be a part of building Denver's newest comprehensive high school. Close Quote


by a student
Monday, January 14, 2019

Open Quote Excellent choice! This comprehensive Denver High School is robust in it's offerings for academics, arts and athletics. Great administrators, teachers and staff plus very inclusive and diverse. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Northfield High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2016 61 61 5 61 1 0 5 0 194
2017 109 108 8 164 1 1 24 0 415
2018 185 137 13 213 2 1 36 0 587
2019 300 152 18 291 5 3 56 0 825
2020 376 168 20 349 2 4 71 0 990
2021 526 198 26 388 4 5 92 0 1239
2022 709 212 33 490 3 4 119 0 1570
2023 854 255 40 570 6 3 144 0 1872

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Northfield High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2016 194 10.0 19.4 50
2017 415 19.5 21.2 54.7
2018 587 32.2 18.2 48.4
2019 825 42.0 19.6 42.4
2020 990 47.5 20.8 40.9
2021 1239 58.3 21.2 33.2
2022 1570 78.2 20.0 31.4
2023 1872 99.9 18.7 32.7

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Northfield High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2016 194 10.0 19.4 50
2017 415 19.5 21.2 54.7
2018 587 32.2 18.2 48.4
2019 825 42.0 19.6 42.4
2020 990 47.5 20.8 40.9
2021 1239 58.3 21.2 33.2
2022 1570 78.2 20.0 31.4
2023 1872 99.9 18.7 32.7

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Northfield High School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2019 $11,197
2020 $11,112
2021 $11,524
2022 $12,402

Data source: Colorado Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Northfield High School

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Rankings

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Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
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Ranks 136th of 411 High schoolsRanks 78th of 349 High schools
 10.7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students8251872
 126.9%
African American152255
 67.8%
American Indian56
 20%
Asian1840
 122.2%
Hispanic291570
 95.9%
Pacific Islander33
White300854
 184.7%
Two or More Races56144
 157.1%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients42.4%32.7%
 9.7%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Northfield High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,872 students attended Northfield High School.

Northfield High School ranks 78th of 351 Colorado high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at Northfield High School are 46% White, 30% Hispanic, 14% African American, 8% Two or more races, 2% Asian.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Colorado Department of Education.

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