North High

Summary:

North High is a public high school located in Appleton, Wisconsin, serving grades 9-12 with a student population of 1,561. It is part of the Appleton Area School District, which is ranked 221 out of 424 school districts in Wisconsin and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

North High consistently ranks in the top 30% of Wisconsin high schools, with a statewide ranking between 109-132 over the past 5 years. The school's performance on standardized tests is notably higher than the district and state averages, particularly in English Language Arts, where 54.2% of 10th-grade students were proficient or better in 2022-2023, compared to 42.07% for the district and 41.36% for the state. North High also maintains a high four-year graduation rate, ranging from 85.0% to 91.9% over the past 5 years, which is consistently higher than the district and state averages. Additionally, the school has a more diverse student population compared to nearby schools, such as East High and West High, with a lower percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.

While North High outperforms the district and state averages, some nearby schools, such as Little Chute Career Pathways Academy and Renaissance School, have even higher academic performance and graduation rates. This suggests that there may be valuable practices or approaches at these schools that could be explored and potentially replicated at North High to further enhance student outcomes, particularly in ensuring equitable outcomes for all student subgroups.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 5000 N Ballard Rd
       Appleton, WI  54913-8942


(920) 852-5405

District: Appleton Area School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
109th of 415 Wisconsin High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,914 Help


Feeder schools for North High:

Elementary:    Columbus Elementary
    Edison Elementary
    Ferber Elementary
    Franklin Elementary
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Student/teacher ratio:  17.3 Help
Number of students:  1,561

Racial breakdown:

White:
71.0%
Hispanic:
10.8%
Asian:
9.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  29.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details North High ranks better than 73.7% of high schools in Wisconsin. It also ranks 4th among 7 ranked high schools in the Appleton Area School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 66.83. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of North High 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.
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details North High has the largest high school student body size in the Appleton Area School District. Racial makeup is: White (71%), Hispanic (10.8%), Asian (9.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 29.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at North High is 17.3. 4 high schools in the Appleton Area School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at North High is $11,914, which is the 4th highest among 7 high schools in the Appleton Area School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

North High:

SchoolDigger ranks North High 109th of 415 Wisconsin public high schools. (See North High in the ranking list.)

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Appleton Area School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Appleton Area School District 221st of 424 Wisconsin school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for North High

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Rank History for all students at North High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 63.28 120th 275 56.4%
2005 67.15 100th 287 65.2%
2006 60.63 156th 292 46.6%
2007 58.73 172nd 281 38.8%
2008 57.91 233rd 437 46.7%
2009 60.68 203rd 438 53.7%
2010 61.08 217th 450 51.8%
2011 69.82 119th 445 73.3%
2012 62.95 192nd 452 57.5%
2013 67.39 127th 457 72.2%
2014 76.19 75th 462 83.8%
2015 62.75 195th 466 58.2%
2016 75.13 70th 408 82.8%
2017 70.22 98th 410 76.1%
2018 72.25 84th 410 79.5%
2019 67.53 104th 400 74.0%
2021 61.83 132nd 390 66.2%
2022 61.66 131st 391 66.5%
2023 66.83 109th 415 73.7%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at North High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 72.31 10th 41 75.6%
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Rank History for Special Education students at North High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 51.17 25th 55 54.5%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at North High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.57 196th 255 23.1%
2019 22.48 222nd 251 11.6%
2021 33.32 153rd 226 32.3%
2022 25.64 210th 250 16.0%
2023 58.64 86th 271 68.3%
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Rank History for Female students at North High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 69.45 84th 355 76.3%
2019 58.24 132nd 343 61.5%
2021 62.87 102nd 332 69.3%
2022 62.61 126th 343 63.3%
2023 63.73 106th 329 67.8%
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Rank History for Male students at North High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 69.75 88th 373 76.4%
2019 68.54 88th 354 75.1%
2021 52.04 151st 334 54.8%
2022 53.25 145th 347 58.2%
2023 62.98 100th 359 72.1%
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Rank History for Asian students at North High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 32.82 36th 51 29.4%
2019 26.83 33rd 44 25.0%
2021 38.01 28th 44 36.4%
2022 17.25 41st 48 14.6%
2023 39.60 29th 50 42.0%
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Rank History for African American students at North High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 69.38 5th 18 72.2%
2023 59.39 4th 13 69.2%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at North High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 47.20 37th 76 51.3%
2019 28.19 67th 86 22.1%
2021 35.18 42nd 68 38.2%
2022 46.65 46th 86 46.5%
2023 45.28 49th 97 49.5%
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Rank History for White students at North High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 73.33 52nd 261 80.1%
2019 68.52 62nd 266 76.7%
2021 61.04 83rd 266 68.8%
2022 62.15 87th 269 67.7%
2023 70.53 60th 271 77.9%
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Data source: test scores: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 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.

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Data source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

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Enrollment information for North High

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1995 1305 8 112 15 8 n/a n/a 0 1448
1996 1305 8 112 15 8 n/a n/a 0 1448
1997 1302 8 133 14 10 n/a n/a 0 1467
1998 1398 7 189 20 11 n/a n/a 0 1625
1999 1467 11 200 36 6 n/a n/a 0 1720
2000 1450 16 176 46 8 n/a n/a 0 1696
2001 1495 19 188 49 8 n/a n/a 0 1759
2002 1418 25 184 61 14 n/a n/a 0 1702
2003 1418 25 184 61 14 n/a n/a 0 1702
2004 1498 23 183 63 8 n/a n/a 0 1775
2005 1491 26 189 83 9 n/a n/a 0 1798
2006 1429 26 190 68 6 n/a n/a 0 1719
2007 1430 25 187 68 11 n/a n/a 0 1721
2008 1312 30 194 68 13 n/a n/a 0 1617
2009 1255 30 200 54 15 n/a n/a 0 1554
2010 1211 34 183 55 14 n/a n/a 0 1497
2011 1197 47 205 56 12 0 0 0 1517
2012 1139 59 185 42 13 0 0 0 1438
2013 1215 47 161 44 11 0 0 0 1478
2014 1214 59 149 53 10 0 0 0 1485
2015 1213 52 164 92 8 2 0 0 1531
2016 1255 64 165 102 8 3 2 0 1599
2017 1249 78 171 121 7 4 6 0 1636
2018 1241 72 176 129 9 5 18 0 1650
2019 1259 80 167 128 7 4 30 0 1675
2020 1217 78 162 137 7 4 30 0 1635
2021 1167 95 158 149 3 4 35 0 1611
2022 1161 81 153 165 5 4 52 0 1621
2023 1109 78 155 168 3 3 45 0 1561

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 North High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1995 1448 78.1 18.5 11.3
1996 1448 78.1 18.5 11.3
1997 1467 82.8 17.7 11.6
1998 1625 89.2 18.2 11.6
1999 1720 96.9 17.8 18
2000 1696 98.1 17.3 18.7
2001 1759 104.6 16.8 18.3
2002 1702 104.3 16.3 18.6
2003 1702 104.3 16.3 18.6
2004 1775 101.1 17.6 16.1
2005 1798 100.8 17.8 n/a
2006 1719 106.0 16.2 n/a
2007 1721 103.0 16.7 21.3
2008 1617 97.4 16.6 23.8
2009 1554 91.7 16.9 27.1
2010 1497 85.4 17.5 26.1
2011 1517 80.1 18.9 26.9
2012 1438 80.1 17.9 26.8
2013 1478 81.5 18.1 21.7
2014 1485 84.9 17.4 22.8
2015 1531 n/a n/a 24.6
2016 1599 87.0 18.3 23.8
2017 1636 94.2 17.3 25.2
2018 1650 97.6 16.8 23.5
2019 1675 97.5 17.1 26.1
2020 1635 95.7 17.0 24.4
2021 1611 92.1 17.4 29.5
2022 1621 91.5 17.7 25.3
2023 1561 89.8 17.3 29.5

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 North High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1995 1448 78.1 18.5 11.3
1996 1448 78.1 18.5 11.3
1997 1467 82.8 17.7 11.6
1998 1625 89.2 18.2 11.6
1999 1720 96.9 17.8 18
2000 1696 98.1 17.3 18.7
2001 1759 104.6 16.8 18.3
2002 1702 104.3 16.3 18.6
2003 1702 104.3 16.3 18.6
2004 1775 101.1 17.6 16.1
2005 1798 100.8 17.8 n/a
2006 1719 106.0 16.2 n/a
2007 1721 103.0 16.7 21.3
2008 1617 97.4 16.6 23.8
2009 1554 91.7 16.9 27.1
2010 1497 85.4 17.5 26.1
2011 1517 80.1 18.9 26.9
2012 1438 80.1 17.9 26.8
2013 1478 81.5 18.1 21.7
2014 1485 84.9 17.4 22.8
2015 1531 n/a n/a 24.6
2016 1599 87.0 18.3 23.8
2017 1636 94.2 17.3 25.2
2018 1650 97.6 16.8 23.5
2019 1675 97.5 17.1 26.1
2020 1635 95.7 17.0 24.4
2021 1611 92.1 17.4 29.5
2022 1621 91.5 17.7 25.3
2023 1561 89.8 17.3 29.5

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for North High

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $259 (2.6%) $9,620 (97.4%) $9,880
2020 $430 (4.0%) $10,395 (96.0%) $10,825
2021 $932 (7.8%) $10,982 (92.2%) $11,914

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

Impact of COVID-19 on North High

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 104th of 400 High schoolsRanks 109th of 415 High schools
 0.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
10th Grade Social Studies (North High)50.556.7
 6.1%
   10th Grade Social Studies (Appleton Area School District)4145.8
 4.8%
   10th Grade Social Studies (Wisconsin)45.947.2
 1.3%
10th Grade English Language Arts (North High)50.354.2
 4%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Appleton Area School District)40.142.1
 2%
   10th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)38.841.4
 2.6%
10th Grade Mathematics (North High)35.136.2
 1.1%
   10th Grade Mathematics (Appleton Area School District)27.727.5
 0.2%
   10th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)30.829.4
 1.3%
10th Grade Science (North High)39.733.3
 6.3%
   10th Grade Science (Appleton Area School District)31.328.9
 2.4%
   10th Grade Science (Wisconsin)32.731.7
 1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students16751561
 6.8%
African American8078
 2.5%
American Indian73
 57.1%
Asian167155
 7.2%
Hispanic128168
 31.3%
Pacific Islander43
 25%
White12591109
 11.9%
Two or More Races3045
 50%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients26.1%29.5%
 3.4%


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Frequently Asked Questions about North High

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,561 students attended North High.

North High ranks 109th of 415 Wisconsin high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

North High is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Columbus Elementary
Elementary : Edison Elementary
Elementary : Ferber Elementary
Elementary : Franklin Elementary
Elementary : Huntley Elementary

Students at North High are 71% White, 11% Hispanic, 10% Asian, 5% African American, 3% Two or more races.


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

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