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north springs charter high school

North Springs Charter High School

“A School of Higher Learning”


North Springs String Quartet

vision and mission
Vision and Mission
  • North Springs Charter High School has a long tradition of academic excellence and a history of attracting talented, diverse students and teachers.
  • North Springs Charter High School is “A School of Higher Learning” where our focus is on Student Achievement for all students
  • North Springs Charter High School is a school community committed to providing Excellence, Equity and Excitement in Education.
to ensure that all students succeed we are committed to the following
To Ensure that All Students Succeed, WE are committed to the Following:
  • Providing every student with a quality, well-rounded high school education.
  • Creating a personalized course of instruction that best meets each student’s individual interests.
  • Creating multiple pathways to rigor and relevance based on students’ individual strengths.
  • Recognizing all students, faculty, staff and community members for their achievements.
  • Using data to identify what is essential to know.
  • Setting high expectations that hold students and adults accountable for improvement.
to ensure that all students succeed we are committed to the following1
To Ensure that All Students Succeed, WE are committed to the Following:
  • Providing students with real-world applications of skills and knowledge..
  • Creating a curriculum framework that drives instruction.
  • Providing sustained professional learning focused on improving instruction.
  • Recognizing, hiring, and retaining experienced faculty with expertise in their field.
  • Establishing and maintaining a safe and orderly school
about north springs

Named 2013 Best School in Newsweek and US News & World Report

  • Named 2013 Sandy Springs Education Force Partner of the Year recognizing NSCHS’ support of 3rd Annual STEM event with Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Named 2014 AP Honor School, 6th consecutive year recognizing honors in Advanced Placement, AP Merit and AP STEM categories
  • Named 2014 National Beta School of Distinction
  • 2013 SAT Score rise 87 points
  • 2013 End of Course Test rise significantly in Biology, US History, and Economics
About North Springs
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3 - 2014 National Achievement Finalists

  • 7 - 2014 National Merit Finalists
  • 4 – 2014 National Merit Scholarship Recipients
  • 8 – 2014 National Merit Commended Scholars
  • 2014 – 4 students chosen Governor’s Honors Finalists
  • 2013 Grad Rate increases – 4.6%
  • 2 seniors chosen 2014 UGA Bernard Ramsey Scholars; 1 named 2014 UGA Foundation Fellow
  • Sophomores Lily Sandler and Juliana Abel named to Georgia’s 20 under 20 class of 2014
About North Springs

35 Athletic Sports Teams

  • 48 Student Clubs/Organizations
  • Water Polo – 6th in State
  • State Swim Meet – 13th in state - Rebecca Cohen
  • Girls Track Team going to state
  • Award Winning Performing and Visual Arts Department

Focused Curriculum with

Academic Rigor and Relevance

  • Traditional Schedule
  • 7- Period Day
  • 8:30am- 3:30pm
  • Core & Elective classes:
  • On-level, honors, advanced placement and dual enrollment
  • 26 credits required to graduate
academic support programs
Academic Support Programs

SAT Prep/ACT Prep

Tutoring After School


PSAT – AP Potential





reading and writing center
Reading and Writing Center

Center for coaching and modeling lessons

Poetry Jam

College Essay Night

Writing Contests





message to rising freshmen
Message to Rising Freshmen
  • Focus on Academics
  • Challenge yourself
  • Get Involved
  • Your GPA counts
  • Take Advantage of Freshman Success
  • Ask Questions
the freshman success class will lead to
The Freshman Success Class will Lead to:
  • An academic environment focused on trust, effort and results.
  • Increased student achievement in all classes
  • Increased advancement to tenth grade
  • Improved transition from middle school through a focused, structured setting
  • Encouraged class identity which increases student ownership and pride.
  • Increased graduation rate and test scores
  • 4 smaller learning communities with
  • a specific academic and career focus:
  • Career Technical & Leadership
  • Humanities
  • Math & Science
  • Visual & Performing Arts
  • Find Yourself Here!
  • through your core classes and elective choices
  • hands on learning, internships, clubs and activities
  • that enrich and support your Academy focus
humanities academy
Humanities Academy

Our Mission:

Understanding where we come from, knowing where we are going and looking forward to where we are going through the lenses of history, literature and language.

Language Arts:

9th grade Literature /Composition regular or honors

Social Studies:

AP Human Geography


World Languages:





Other electives:


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Humanities Academy
  • Opportunities include:
  • Journalism - award winning Oracle, Echo,
  • Yearbook
  • Mock Trial
  • Model UN
  • Foreign Travel
  • Honor Societies
  • Competitions
visual and performing arts academy
Visual and Performing Arts Academy
  • Our Mission
  • To inspire and develop emerging arts patrons, arts critics, and arts professionals.
  • The VPA Academy includes elective courses for magnet and non magnet students.
  • Magnet students must take 8 VPA electives over
  • 4 years and classes include:
  • Band
  • Choral Music
  • Musical Theatre
  • Dance
  • Drama (Acting)
  • Technical Theatre
  • Orchestra
  • Visual Arts:
    • 9th grade art fundamentals
    • 2 D and 3 D design
    • drawing, printmaking, sculpture
  • Sophomore Josh Achiron is #1 in the US in jazz guitar
  • North Springs’ 2014 spring musical Ruthless garners 2 Shuler Hensley Award nominations and 4 honorable mentions
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Visual and Performing Arts Academy

Recent highlights:

Orchestra Performance at Disney

Sophomore Josh Achiron wins 1st chair guitar in National Jazz Band

Junior Christine Cummins performs at Carnegie Hall

Ruthless the Musical wins 2 – 2014 Shuler Hensley Awards and 4 honorable mentions

math and science academy
Math and Science Academy
  • Our Mission
  • Inspiring a lasting depth of knowledge in math and science through logic, research and applications.
  • All students must earn 4 core science units and 4 core math units over 4 years
  • Magnet students must take 4 additional math or science electives over 4 years
  • 9th grade courses include:
  • Earth systems or honors biology
  • CCGPS Coordinated Algebra or
  • Accelerated Coordinated Algebra
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Math and Science Academy
  • Recent highlights include:
  • Junior Veronica Sondervan presents at World Food Prize Global Youth Institute’s; wins 2014 Wallace-Carver Fellowship to study food insecurity
  • 2014 Science Olympiad team goes to State
  • 2014 STAR Student is Math Magnet student Jake Busby
  • North Springs’ 2014 Teacher of the Year and finalist for FCS teacher of the year is physics teacher Zach Luna
career technical leadership academy
Career, Technical, Leadership Academy
  • Our Mission
  • Is to create leaders with an accomplished understanding of current business, industry, technology and service careers to equip them with the knowledge and skills for success in post-secondary academia, community and the global workforce.
  • The Academy offers elective classes and pathway certification for students completing a 3 course pathway ending with a work-based learning or internship opportunity
  • Program clusters and pathways  include:
  • Business Management 
    • Entrepreneurship Pathway
  • Information Technology
    • Web and Digital Design Pathway
    • Healthcare Science Career
    • Allied Health Pathway
    • Leadership JROTC Pathway
  • Arts, Audio-Visual Technology & Communications
    • Audio-Video, Technology & Film Pathway
    • Graphic Design Pathway
  • Human Services Career cluster- Food & Nutrition Pathway
  • 65 Health Occupation students sweep region competition in 2013; in 2014 - 13 HOSA students qualify for NATIONAL competition!
avid avid via individual determination
AVID (Avid Via Individual Determination)
  • Designed to increase school-wide learning and performance
  • The mission is to ensure all students, especially students in the middle complete a college preparatory path
avid will
AVID Will ...
  • Help students succeed in rigorous curriculum
  • Encourage students to participate in school activities.
  • Increase number of NSCHS students enrolling in four-year universities and colleges.
  • Help students to become educated and responsible as well as leadears in school and society.
guidance tips for success
Guidance Tips for Success
  • 7 classes per semester
  • Grades can be accessed and viewed via Home Access
  • Final grades posted at the conclusion of each semester
  • Yearlong Course = 1.0 credits
  • One Semester Course = .5 credits
  • Grading Scale:
  • * A (90-100)
  • * B (80-89)
  • * C (70-79)
  • 7 additional points are added to a final grade higher than 70 in approved Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses
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Guidance Tips for Success
  • CLASS of 2018: 26 credits required
        • English – 4 credits
        • Math – 4 credits
        • Science – 4 credits
        • Social Studies – 3 credits
        • CTE/World Language/Fine Arts* – 3 credits
  • *Note: 2 or 3 years of World Language credits may be required for college admission
        • Health/Personal Fitness – 1 credit (each .5)
        • Electives – 7 credits
  • Promotion /Retention Credits
      • 10th: 5 credits 11th: 12 credits 12th: 19 credits
  • Graduate: 26 credits to graduate
sample schedule
Sample Schedule
  • 9th Lit./Comp
  • Biology H or Earth Systems
  • CCGPS Coord Algebra
  • F. Lang (French, Spanish, Latin, Chinese)
  • Health- .5 / Personal Fitness-.5
  • World Geo-.5 / Freshman Focus-.5
  • Elective

(If your child is in the Magnet program their schedule will be reflected according to their teacher recommendations and specific elective choices.)

  • If a student fails 1st or 2nd semester of a required course for graduation, then summer school is needed to earn course credit.
hope scholarship rigor requirements
HOPE Scholarship RIGOR Requirements
  • HOPE Scholarship Program will average failing grades and passing grades in ALL core classes.
  • College Prep pathway students will need a 3.0 core GPA –(partial pay)
  • Vocational/Career Tech students will need a 3.2 core GPA
  • Honors points will be taken out for the HOPE average. Only Advanced Placement courses will carry additional points (5 on a 4.0 scale) toward the HOPE average.
  • Changes:
  • HOPE Wants to see Advanced classes in Math, Science, Lang. Arts , Social Studies and Language. This includes more AP and Honors courses . Zell Miller Scholarship 3.7+ GPA-
advanced placement ap
Advanced Placement (AP)
  • A Nationally Standardized Program of College-Level Courses and Exams for Secondary School Students
  • 25 AP Courses Offered
why take ap courses in high school
Why Take APCourses in High School?
  • Broaden your intellectual horizons.
  • Gain an edge in college preparation
  • Emphasize students commitment to academic excellence
earn college credit for work in high school
Earn College Credit for Work in High School
  • If you receive score of a 3 or better on the AP exam, you could earn credit for the equivalent course at a participating institution.
  • Reduce the cost of college by each credit earned in high school.
  • Boys TeamGirls Teams
  • Fall Sports
  • Football Softball
  • Cheerleading Cheerleading
  • Cross Country Cross Country
  • Water Polo Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Winter Sports
  • Basketball Basketball
  • Wrestling Swimming
  • Swimming Air Rifle
  • Air Rifle
  • Spring Sports
  • Baseball Golf
  • Lacrosse Lacrosse
  • Soccer Soccer
  • Tennis Tennis
  • Track Track

Academic Organizations and

Extracurricular Activities

  • Invisible Children
  • Jewish Culture Club
  • Junior Class Council
  • Latin Club
  • Marching Band
  • Math Team
  • Model UN
  • My Little Brony
  • National Art Honor Society
  • Philosophy Club
  • Sci-Fi Club
  • Science Bowl
  • Speak/GSA
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Thespians Society
  • Tri-M
  • Water Polo
  • 21st Century Leaders
  • Academic Bowl
  • Animal Pack
  • Anime Club
  • Beta Club
  • Book Club
  • Chinese Club
  • Chorus Class Council
  • Classical Music Club
  • Echo - Lit Mag
  • Executive Council
  • FBLA – Future Business Leaders of America
  • Writer’s Circle
  • FCA Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • French Club
  • Interact

Spartans are leading the way in

  • Parent Communications
  • No More Paper Forms!
  • Online Payments
  • Fewer RoboCalls
  • Two Way Communications



Parent Communications in 2014 Spartan StyleGrab your phone andsend email to:

  • Your First & Last Name as the subject line

Spartan Gear-up Days for Freshman

August 7th

8:30-10:30am (Seniors)

10:45-1:00pm (Senior Boot Camp)

2:00-4:00pm (Juniors)

August 8th

8:30-10:30am (Sophomores)

12:00-4:00pm (Freshmen)


Summer School

  • June 2nd – June 27th
  • 8:10 – 3:45pm
  • Sandy Springs Middle School
  • Health and PE Credit
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North Springs Charter High School

“A School of Higher Learning”