North Fort Myers High School

North Fort Myers High School (commonly called "North" or "North High") is an American 9-12 high school located in North Fort Myers, Florida. It is the official center for the arts and media for the West Zone in Lee County's School Choice Program; is part of the Lee County School District; and currently serves approximately 1572 students. The official school colors are red, & white and the athletic teams are known as "The Red Knights". North Fort Myers High School offers AICE, Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, Vocational, Honors and general education classes, in addition to its Arts & Media program and the North High Collegiate Academy.

North Fort Myers High School
5000 Orange Grove Blvd
North Fort Myers, Florida

United States
TypePublic Secondary School
School districtLee County School District
PrincipalDebbie Digg
Staff90.04 (FTE)[1]
Number of students1,878 (2018-19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio20.86[1]
MascotRed Knight
WebsiteNorth Fort Myers High School

In 2009, North High was awarded a grade of "A" by the Florida Department of Education. North was the only school in the Lee County School District to be awarded an A rating for both 2007-2008 and 2008–2009 academic school years.[2]

On December 7, 2009, North High launched a new version of its school web site. With the new site, students at North are given the ability to create and manage online student portfolios, allowing them to post work done during the school year. Currently, over 950 items have been uploaded by more than 85 North High students.[3] The student work can be viewed here.

In February, 2010, the school added the University of Cambridge's AICE program to its curriculum offerings.[4] The Advanced International Certificate of Education is a specialized, English language curriculum offered to students in the higher levels of secondary school intended to prepare them for success at the university level. Students who complete the requirements of the program will earn a Cambridge AICE diploma, and are automatically eligible for the maximum Florida Bright Futures scholarship.[5]

History Edit

North Fort Myers High School was established in 1962 as a segregated school for white students and renovated in 1995. In the 2008–2009 school year, North High met 97% of the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) criteria as defined by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.[6]

There are a total of 84 teachers on staff at North, and 31 (37%) hold a master's degree or higher.[7] In addition, ten (10) teachers (12%) are adjunct professors at Florida SouthWestern State College.[7] With so many teachers possessing this qualification, North High is able to offer the most dual enrollment (DE) courses on its campus of all the high schools in the district.[8]

The school currently houses approximately 1,572 students. In 2008, the student population consisted of approximately 23% minority, 12% gifted, and 38% of students qualified for free and reduced lunch.[9] In 2004, North High was named as a Center for the Arts and Media. Today, there are approximately 450 students enrolled in the arts and media program majoring in theatre arts, media arts, instrumental music, vocal music, strings, visual art, or dance.

From 2002 to 2009, North High was the number one chosen high school in the West Zone.[10] Incoming freshmen have the opportunity to attend an orientation camp in August, where students learn about North High programs, clubs, and school traditions.

North Fort Myers High School was integrated in 1969. The administration of the school resisted, even pretending not to recognize a black basketball coach and directing the police to attack him with dogs.[11]

Academic standing Edit

School grades and SIP goals Edit

In 2009, North High was awarded a grade of "A" by the Florida DOE. North was the only high school in the Lee County School District to be awarded an A rating for both 2008 and 2009.[12] In 2008, North Fort Myers High School was awarded a grade of "A" by the Florida Department of Education.[12] The 2007–08 academic year marked the first time in school history that North High had received an "A" rating.[13]

Year Grade % Meeting High Standards in Reading % Meeting High Standards in Math % Meeting High Standards in Writing % Meeting High Standards in Science % Making Reading Gains % Making Math Gains % of Lowest 25% Making Learning Gains in Reading % of Lowest 25% Making Learning Gains in Math Bonus Points for 11th-12th grade Retakes Total Points Earned District Rank (Pts)
2009 A 58 81 91 35 61 83 59 68 10 546 2nd
2008 A 50 80 89 32 59 82 51 72 10 525 3rd
2007 C 46 73 87 33 54 75 44 64 -- 475 4th
2006 B 43 75 87 -- 57 78 57 -- -- 397 3rd
2005 D 37 71 91 -- 46 73 48 -- -- 366 7th
2004 C 39 67 90 -- 46 74 45 -- -- 361 6th


The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or the FCAT, is the standardized test used in the primary and secondary public schools of Florida. First administered statewide in 1998[1], it replaced the State Student Assessment Test (SSAT) and the High School Competency Test (HSCT).

Year Grade Reading % Math %
2009 9 62% 77%
2008 9 53% 77%
2007 9 47% 66%
2006 9 44% 65%
Year Grade Reading % Math %
2009 10 47% 77%
2008 10 42% 76%
2007 10 36% 72%
2006 10 34% 76%
Year Grade Science %
2009 11 32%
2008 11 29%
2007 11 30%
2006 11 34%

FCAT writing Edit

Year Mean Writing SS % Levels 3 - 5 Combined Mean Sc % >= 3.5 % >= 4.0 # of Students AYP >= 3.0 District Ranking
2009 N/A N/A 4.2 88 77 N/A N/A 1st
2008 318 62 4.1 86 70 539 96 2nd
2007 303 52 4 81 69 441 95 4th
2006 308 N/A 4.1 85 70 453 94 2nd

Center for Arts & Media Edit

North High is the official Arts Center in the West Zone. The Arts Center offers a variety of courses in visual, performing, and media arts. Students who are currently enrolled in high school or who are currently enrolled in eighth grade are eligible to audition and participate in the arts program.

Animation and Game Development Academy Edit

North High's Animation and Game Development Academy (AGDA) introduces students to the fundamental principles of game and simulation development. This program is a four-year sequence of project-based courses oriented to game and simulation development that align relevant academic, employment, and workplace standards.

Business & Technology Education Edit

The focus of North High's Technology & Career Education Department is to make students aware of the many changes in technology. Through its courses in Accounting Applications, Computing for College and Careers, Administrative Office Technology, Digital Design, and Cooperative Business Education, instruction is provided that helps the students meet the many challenges in today's society. Completion of a three-course program can qualify a student for the Bright Futures-Gold Seal Scholarship.

Technology Edit

North High Media Center

There are currently over 500 computers on the North High campus that are accessible by students. Almost all of those are located in student classrooms that have been set up specifically for use as a computer lab. The classroom labs vary in size, but most are set up with 32 stations.

North High SuperLab

Notable alumni Edit

North High has produced several notable alumni:

Deion Sanders

Notable faculty Edit

  • Earnest Graham, Former head coach of the school's varsity football team

References Edit

  1. ^ a b c "NORTH FORT MYERS HIGH SCHOOL". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  2. ^ Florida School Grades Archived February 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Student Portfolio Totals Archived February 12, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ High School adds new academic program Archived July 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ AICE & Florida Bright Futures Archived 2010-02-20 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ 2008-09 AVP Statistics Archived February 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ a b Did You Know[dead link]
  8. ^ DE Course Listings Archived 2010-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "School Data Profile" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2010-02-26.
  10. ^ Student Assignment Rankings
  11. ^ Smith, Ashley (17 May 2017). "Lee lagged on integration". Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  12. ^ a b 2008-09 Lee County Grade Report Archived February 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ 2007-08 Lee County Grade Report Archived February 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine

External links Edit

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