Northwestern Lehigh High School

Summary:

Northwestern Lehigh High School is a public high school serving 695 students in grades 9-12 in the rural community of New Tripoli, Pennsylvania. This high-performing school consistently ranks among the top high schools in the state, with exceptional academic achievement, graduation rates, and low dropout rates.

Northwestern Lehigh High School's academic excellence is evident in its Keystone Exam proficiency rates, which are significantly higher than the state averages, particularly in Literature (77.1% proficient or better), Biology (56.4%), and Algebra I (44.5%). Compared to nearby schools like Kutztown Area Senior High School and Brandywine Heights High School, Northwestern Lehigh High School maintains a competitive edge, outperforming on these key metrics. The school's 4-year graduation rate of 98.2% and a remarkably low dropout rate of 0.1% further highlight its commitment to student success.

While Northwestern Lehigh High School's academic performance is exceptional, the school's student population is predominantly White (88.06%), with relatively low racial diversity compared to nearby schools like Whitehall High School and Northampton Area High School. Additionally, the school serves a more affluent community, with only 14.39% of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, compared to schools like Panther Valley Junior/Senior High School and Lehighton Area High School, which have higher percentages of students from low-income families. These demographic differences may have implications for resource allocation and the availability of support services for a more diverse student population.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 6493 Route 309
       New Tripoli, PA  18066-2038


(610) 298-8661

District: Northwestern Lehigh School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
165th of 674 Pennsylvania High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $22,019 Help


Feeder schools for Northwestern Lehigh High School:

Elementary:    Northwestern Lehigh Elementary School
    Weisenberg Elementary School
Middle:    Northwestern Lehigh Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  12.6 Help
Number of students:  695

Racial breakdown:

White:
88.1%
Hispanic:
6.5%
Two or more races:
2.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  14.4% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Northwestern Lehigh High School ranks better than 75.5% of high schools in Pennsylvania. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 73.84. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Northwestern Lehigh High School freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (88.1%), Hispanic (6.5%), two or more races (2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 14.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Northwestern Lehigh High School is 12.6. (See more...)
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Compare Northwestern Lehigh High School employs 54.7 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Northwestern Lehigh High School is $22,019.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Northwestern Lehigh High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Northwestern Lehigh High School 165th of 674 Pennsylvania public high schools. (See Northwestern Lehigh High School in the ranking list.)

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Northwestern Lehigh School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Northwestern Lehigh School District 137th of 606 Pennsylvania school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Northwestern Lehigh High School

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Rank History for all students at Northwestern Lehigh High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 72.14 153rd 583 73.8%
2004 81.68 92nd 590 84.4%
2005 58.05 289th 593 51.3%
2006 74.96 133rd 604 78.0%
2007 66.14 227th 615 63.1%
2009 79.65 91st 632 85.6%
2010 54.63 351st 649 45.9%
2011 82.97 56th 660 91.5%
2012 72.99 171st 664 74.2%
2013 69.03 165th 591 72.1%
2014 75.93 108th 580 81.4%
2015 63.46 303rd 680 55.4%
2016 74.78 176th 677 74.0%
2017 77.96 132nd 663 80.1%
2018 76.52 154th 673 77.1%
2019 85.47 58th 693 91.6%
2021 69.08 195th 537 63.7%
2022 71.35 200th 634 68.5%
2023 73.84 165th 674 75.5%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Northwestern Lehigh High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 61.82 248th 652 62.0%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Northwestern Lehigh High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 56.39 176th 502 64.9%
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Rank History for White students at Northwestern Lehigh High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 64.29 201st 577 65.2%
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Data source: test scores: Pennsylvania 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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Enrollment information for Northwestern Lehigh High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 891 1 6 8 0 n/a n/a 0 906
1989 908 2 6 11 0 n/a n/a 0 927
1990 904 4 5 13 0 n/a n/a 0 926
1991 924 1 6 15 0 n/a n/a 0 946
1992 935 2 6 13 0 n/a n/a 0 956
1993 646 2 3 11 0 n/a n/a 0 662
1994 641 4 2 14 0 n/a n/a 0 661
1995 671 6 2 7 0 n/a n/a 0 686
1996 671 6 2 7 0 n/a n/a 0 686
1997 714 5 3 5 0 n/a n/a 0 727
1998 731 5 2 4 0 n/a n/a 0 742
1999 743 8 3 7 1 n/a n/a 0 762
2000 732 4 4 9 1 n/a n/a 0 750
2001 741 6 3 10 0 n/a n/a 0 760
2002 737 11 11 12 0 n/a n/a 0 771
2003 737 11 11 12 0 n/a n/a 0 771
2004 765 6 11 13 1 n/a n/a 0 796
2005 734 7 13 11 0 n/a n/a 0 765
2006 751 6 13 15 0 n/a n/a 0 785
2007 782 6 6 20 2 n/a n/a 0 816
2008 757 9 6 18 3 n/a n/a 0 793
2009 749 4 7 20 4 n/a n/a 0 784
2010 752 6 8 22 4 n/a n/a 0 792
2011 739 6 7 25 5 0 0 0 782
2012 684 7 7 30 4 0 1 0 733
2013 652 6 3 28 3 0 0 0 692
2014 680 8 7 31 4 1 1 0 732
2015 675 8 9 36 3 1 1 0 733
2016 687 8 12 35 2 1 2 0 747
2017 689 8 12 35 2 1 2 0 749
2018 678 6 15 41 2 0 1 0 743
2019 686 5 12 48 1 0 4 0 756
2020 661 7 9 47 0 0 3 0 727
2021 642 4 13 46 2 0 9 0 716
2022 645 5 8 42 4 0 10 0 714
2023 612 11 8 45 5 0 14 0 695

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 Northwestern Lehigh High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 906 63.5 14.2 n/a
1989 927 59.3 15.6 n/a
1990 926 65.3 14.1 0
1991 946 67.0 14.1 n/a
1992 956 67.2 14.2 n/a
1993 662 40.3 16.4 n/a
1994 661 41.0 16.1 n/a
1995 686 43.3 15.8 n/a
1996 686 43.3 15.8 n/a
1997 727 47.1 15.4 n/a
1998 742 48.4 15.3 n/a
1999 762 50.6 15.1 n/a
2000 750 49.6 15.1 3.3
2001 760 50.3 15.1 5.1
2002 771 48.7 15.8 5.8
2003 771 48.7 15.8 5.8
2004 796 53.5 14.9 4.6
2005 765 51.9 14.7 5.9
2006 785 53.8 14.6 5.7
2007 816 55.5 14.7 15.4
2008 793 55.5 14.3 14.4
2009 784 58.5 13.4 17.2
2010 792 56.7 13.9 7.6
2011 782 53.1 14.7 9.6
2012 733 49.6 14.7 12.7
2013 692 52.8 13.0 11.8
2014 732 50.5 14.4 9.7
2015 733 50.0 14.6 11.9
2016 747 51.0 14.6 16.3
2017 749 50.7 14.7 10.8
2018 743 53.6 13.8 10.1
2019 756 56.0 13.4 10.7
2020 727 54.5 13.3 11.1
2021 716 53.0 13.4 10.8
2022 714 55.2 12.9 11.1
2023 695 54.7 12.6 14.4

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 Northwestern Lehigh High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 906 63.5 14.2 n/a
1989 927 59.3 15.6 n/a
1990 926 65.3 14.1 0
1991 946 67.0 14.1 n/a
1992 956 67.2 14.2 n/a
1993 662 40.3 16.4 n/a
1994 661 41.0 16.1 n/a
1995 686 43.3 15.8 n/a
1996 686 43.3 15.8 n/a
1997 727 47.1 15.4 n/a
1998 742 48.4 15.3 n/a
1999 762 50.6 15.1 n/a
2000 750 49.6 15.1 3.3
2001 760 50.3 15.1 5.1
2002 771 48.7 15.8 5.8
2003 771 48.7 15.8 5.8
2004 796 53.5 14.9 4.6
2005 765 51.9 14.7 5.9
2006 785 53.8 14.6 5.7
2007 816 55.5 14.7 15.4
2008 793 55.5 14.3 14.4
2009 784 58.5 13.4 17.2
2010 792 56.7 13.9 7.6
2011 782 53.1 14.7 9.6
2012 733 49.6 14.7 12.7
2013 692 52.8 13.0 11.8
2014 732 50.5 14.4 9.7
2015 733 50.0 14.6 11.9
2016 747 51.0 14.6 16.3
2017 749 50.7 14.7 10.8
2018 743 53.6 13.8 10.1
2019 756 56.0 13.4 10.7
2020 727 54.5 13.3 11.1
2021 716 53.0 13.4 10.8
2022 714 55.2 12.9 11.1
2023 695 54.7 12.6 14.4

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 Northwestern Lehigh High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $211 (1.2%) $16,905 (98.8%) $17,116
2020 $206 (1.1%) $18,364 (98.9%) $18,570
2021 $225 (1.2%) $18,610 (98.8%) $18,835
2022 $932 (4.2%) $21,087 (95.8%) $22,019

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Northwestern Lehigh High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 58th of 693 High schoolsRanks 165th of 674 High schools
 16.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade Algebra I (Northwestern Lehigh High School)86.144.5
 41.6%
   11th Grade Algebra I (Pennsylvania)63.334.1
 29.2%
11th Grade Biology (Northwestern Lehigh High School)81.556.4
 25.1%
   11th Grade Biology (Pennsylvania)63.250.7
 12.5%
11th Grade Literature (Northwestern Lehigh High School)89.477.1
 12.3%
   11th Grade Literature (Pennsylvania)71.565.3
 6.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students756695
 8.1%
African American511
 120%
American Indian15
 400%
Asian128
 33.3%
Hispanic4845
 6.3%
Pacific Islander00
White686612
 10.8%
Two or More Races414
 250%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients10.7%14.4%
 3.7%


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Northwestern Lehigh High School ranks 165th of 674 Pennsylvania high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at Northwestern Lehigh High School are 88% White, 6% Hispanic, 2% Two or more races, 2% African American, 1% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 695 students attended Northwestern Lehigh High School.


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