Norwell High School (Massachusetts)
Norwell High School is a public secondary school, accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). It is located in Norwell, Massachusetts. The school includes approximately 50 full-time teachers. Its students consistently score above state and national averages on the SAT and other standardized tests, and on average, 97% of students from each graduating class at Norwell High School continue on to post-secondary education.
|Norwell High School|
Norwell High School as seen from the back parking lot.
|18 South Street
|Established||1849 (1700 as part of Scituate)|
|Campus||Suburban, 100 acres|
|Color(s)||Blue & Gold|
|Rival||Hanover, Scituate, Cohasset|
|Average SAT scores||555 verbal
1657 total (2015-2016)
Norwell High School has three core values, which include integrity, learning and respect. Integrity is a core value because it focuses on allowing students to be true to themselves and each other. Integrity is also important because it means doing your own work, and turning it on time. Learning is a core value at Norwell High School because it focuses on the path to personal growth throughout our lives. Learning is an important core value because each student has to be willing to learn to help themselves grow throughout life. Respect focuses on the willingness to be civil, open-minded and tolerant. Respect is important because they need to not only respect themselves, but their peers and their teachers.
To provide an engaging, supportive environment where students strive for excellence, practice respect, and contribute to society.
Norwell High School graduates will meet expectations regarding:
- Creative Expression
- Effective Researchers
- Effective Writers
- Laboratory Investigation
- Oral Presentation
- Reflective Problem Solvers
On July 1, 2011, William Fish became the new principal of Norwell High School, replacing Matthew Keegan, who had been serving the school since 2006. The school's administration includes assistant principals Matthew Marani and Jennifer Greenberg. The school's administration also includes four guidance counselors 
Toward the end of the 1980s Norwell High School lowered their grading system, as the numbers were higher than standard grading systems. (For example, a final grade of 82 was a C+ versus a B-)
A full list of teachers can be found here. The list includes all the teachers in the school and the courses they teach.
The school's faculty offers a wide array of academic courses in several departments. Students that attended NHS are required to take four years of English, History, Mathematics and Science courses. Students are required to take at least three years of a Foreign Language. Some students complete their first year of foreign language while in middle school so they will only have to complete two years; some students choose to take their fourth and fifth year of a language and continue these courses into college. Students are required to take at least two years of Health/Physical Education(Gym Class). Students are also allowed to take other courses including classes in art, music and technology, as seen below.
|English||Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors take classes involving American and World Literature. Seniors are allowed for their final year school to choose through array of courses for their English class including a class on the study of Shakespeare's work, a creative writing class, Nonfiction, Adolescent in Literature and two other AP courses.|
|Social Studies||Classes offered for students include: World History, US History (including AP), European History (including AP), Psychology(Including AP), Economics, Law, Gender/Race/Class, American Government (AP), The Holocaust and Human Behavior, Modern War|
|Mathematics||Classes offered for students include: Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics and Discrete Mathematics (including AP), Calculus (including AP) and Problem Solving.|
|Science||For science freshmen take Biology. NHS also offers an AP course for biology that students are allowed to take after freshmen year. Sophomores are required to take Chemistry in their second year at the school. Like biology, NHS offers an AP course for chemistry that students are allowed to take after their sophomore year. Juniors are required to take Physics. Like that of biology and chemistry, NHS offers an AP class for students to take after their Junior year. Seniors are allowed to choose which science class they want for their final year at the school. These classes include Anatomy, Astronomy, Marine Biology and Renewable Energy.|
|Foreign Language||NHS offers four languages for students to choose from. As of 2015 the classes include: Arabic, Spanish, French and Latin, including AP course offerings in each and courses specializing in Vergil, Horace and Catullus.|
|Art||Studio Art (Art 1, Art 2, Art 3, AP Studio Art: 2D design or 3D design). When students reach a certain level in their art studies they are allowed to paint a painting on a wall located somewhere in the school. The school also offers Digital Photography classes and a Film class.|
|Music||NHS offers students Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, mixed Chorus, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Workshop, Music Theory, and Music Appreciation. The ensembles usually perform four to five major concerts a year, on special occasions including graduation, and for dozens of other events each year in the community.|
|PE/Health||Students are required to take two years of Health/Physical Education. After they complete course, students are allowed to choose between other Physical Educations classes. These classes include: Strength Training, Lifetime Activities, Yoga, Pilates and Lifetime Fitness|
|Applied Technology||Students are allowed to take other classes during their time at NHS. Students can take classes that include: Java, Publications and Presentations, Web Design, Computer Animation, Computer Repair, TV Studio, Robotics, CAD, Engineering the Future and Building Construction|
|Special Education||Skills Program, Direct Academic Instruction, Life Skills, Work Experience, Life Skills Reading, Content Area Reading|
|Theater||Students may also take a Theater class and/or a Public Speaking/Acting class taught by the school's current director of the Fourth Wall Players, Chris Lacy|
In 2009 the school began Arabic classes after teachers asked for them to be established. As of 2015 25 students take Arabic I and 10 take Arabic II. As of 2015 few other high schools in Massachusetts offer Arabic.
|Baseball||Boys JV, Boys Varsity|
|Basketball||Boys Freshman Team, Boys JV, Boys Varsity / Girls Freshman Team, Girls JV, Girls Varsity|
|Cheerleading||Girls Game Team, Girls Competition Team|
|Cross Country||Boys JV, Boys Varsity / Girls JV, Girls Varsity|
|Field hockey||Girls JV, Girls Varsity|
|Football||Boys Freshman Team, Boys JV, Boys Varsity|
|Golf||Boys JV, Boys Varsity|
|Hockey||Boys JV, Boys Varsity / Girls Varsity|
|Lacrosse||Boys Freshman, Boys JV, Boys Varsity / Girls Freshman, Girls JV, Girls Varsity|
|Skiing||Boys & Girls Co-ed Varsity & JV|
|Spring track and field||Boys & Girls Co-ed|
|Soccer||Boys JV, Boys Varsity, Boys Freshman / Girls JV, Girls Varsity, Girls Freshman|
|Softball||Girls JV, Girls Varsity|
|Swimming and Diving||Boys & Girls Co-ed|
|Tennis||Boys JV, Boys Varsity / Girls JV, Girls Varsity|
|Volleyball||Girls Varsity, Girls JV|
|Winter track and field||Boys & Girls Co-ed|
|Wrestling||Boys & Girls Co-ed|
In 2014, Norwell added two synthetic turf fields and a track and field facility to their athletic complex.
Roughly 90% of Norwell High School's students participate in co-curricular activities. An N means the club is now defunct. The school boasts a wide range of clubs and activities, including but not limited to:
|Amnesty International student chapter|
|Animal Activist club||N|
|Decibelles||A cappella vocal group|
|Diversity Club/Gay-Straight Alliance|
|Fourth Wall Players||The Fourth Wall Players (4WPs) is an accomplished, award-winning theater company. The 4WPs compete in the Massachusetts Festival, and were state finalists in 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2015. In 2008 and 2015 they represented Massachusetts in the New England Theater Festival and have been invited every year since 2009 to represent the USA at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.|
|The Halyard||The school's award-winning literary and art magazine|
|Junior State of America|
|National Honor Society|
|Norwell Navigator||The school's newspaper.|
|Paint Ball Club||N|
|Space Cadet Club||N|
|Name||Year of Graduation||Claim to Fame|
|Richard Halford||Class of 1962||Politician and lobbyist who served as Alaska Senate President.|
|Jennifer Coolidge||Class of 1980||Actress who appeared in American Pie (as Stifler's Mom), Click, For Your Consideration and other films.|
|Jeff Corwin||Class of 1985||Host of The Jeff Corwin Experience and Corwin's Quest, two television programs on Animal Planet. He often visits Norwell to help at the Norwell Science Center.|
|Jennifer (Bond) Reed||Class of 1985||Award winning children's book author. Published The Falling Flowers in 2005 and many books since. Creator/editor of the first online children's magazine, Wee Ones Children's Magazine.|
|Susan Tedeschi||Class of 1988||American Blues and soul singer. Received Grammy nominations in 2000, 2003, and 2007.|
|Colin Reed||Class of 2002||Press Secretary for Senator Scott Brown.|
- "Norwell Public Schools Fact Sheet 2010-11" (PDF). Norwellschools.org. Schoolwires. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
- Connors, Molly (16 June 2010). "Norwell High School is ranked one of the best in the country". The Boston Globe.
- New Principal
- Seltz, Johanna. "In schools south of Boston, a wide disparity on foreign language offerings" (Archived 2015-01-17 at WebCite). Boston Globe. January 11, 2015. Retrieved on January 18, 2015.
- "Foreign language classes, by the numbers" (Archived 2015-01-17 at WebCite). Boston Globe. January 10, 2015. Retrieved on January 18, 2015.
- Matt Cook (4 September 2014). "Norwell unveils new athletic complex". Norwell, Massachusetts: The Patriot Ledger. p. 1. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
A pair of synthetic turf fields, as well as new track & field facilities, should make life easier for all Clippers teams.
- Activities & Clubs Directory
- Jennifer Coolidge biography
- Jeff Corwin biography
- Susan Tedeschi biography
- Colin Reed interview