North Allegheny Intermediate High School

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North Allegheny Intermediate High School
North Allegheny Intermediate High School 1977.jpg
"Great Expectations...The Best Is Yet To Come"
Location
350 Cumberland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237 Coordinates: 40°34′15″N 80°01′53″W / 40.570728°N 80.031514°W / 40.570728; -80.031514

United States
Information
Type Public
Established 1960 (building-as senior high), 1974 (as NAI)
School district North Allegheny School District
Faculty 93
Grades 9–10
Number of students 1,298
Grade 9 696
Grade 10 699
Color(s) Black and Gold
Athletics WPIAL (AAAA),
Mascot Tiger
Information 412-369-5530
Website
School District region in Allegheny County

North Allegheny Intermediate High School (NAI) is a suburban high school in the North Allegheny School District located in McCandless, Pennsylvania, a community north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is one of two high schools in the district and serves grades 9 and 10. In 2013, North Allegheny Intermediate High School enrollment was 1,395 pupils, with 4% of pupils eligible for a federal free or reduced price lunch due to the family meeting the federal poverty level. According to a state report 100% of the teachers were rated highly qualified under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2011, the North Allegheny Intermediate High School reported an enrollment of 1,298 pupils in grades 9th and 10th, with 54 pupils eligible for a federal free or reduced price lunch due to the family meeting the federal poverty level. The school employed 93 teachers yielding a student-teacher ratio of 13:1.[1] According to a report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 100% of its teachers were rated "Highly Qualified" under No Child Left Behind. [2]

In 2007, the ethnic breakdown among the school population was 91.4% Caucasian, 6.3% Asian/Pacific Islander, 1.5% African American, and 0.7% Hispanic.[3]

The school building has six letter-coded sloping hallways, each based on the numbers of the rooms in that hallway, such as E hallway having rooms in the 50's, each with a mural produced by the art department, and a newer front wing built during a renovation in 1998. The building originally housed North Allgheny Senior High School (NASH) but assumed its current role in 1974 when the senior high school was moved to its current Wexford campus. Before 1974, the intermediate high school was located in what is now Carson Middle School, one of the middle schools in North Allegheny, which is now right above the hill from NAI.

Academic[edit]

2013 School Performance Profile

North Allegheny Intermediate High School achieved 90.6 out of 100. Reflects on grade level reading, mathematics and science achievement. In reading/literature - 95% were on grade level. In Algebra 1, 90% demonstrated on grade level skills with 56.84% showing advanced achievement. In Biology, 69% showed on grade level science understanding.[4] According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2,181 public schools (less than 73 percent of Pennsylvania public schools), achieved an academic score of 70 or higher. Pennsylvania 11th grade students no longer take the PSSAs. Instead, they now take the Keystone Exams at the end of the associated course.

Wellness policy[edit]

North Allegheny School Board established a district wellness policy in 2006.[5] The policy deals with nutritious meals served at school, the control of access to some foods and beverages during school hours, age appropriate nutrition education for all students, and physical education for students K-12. The policy is in response to state mandates and federal legislation (P.L. 108 – 265). The law dictates that each school district participating in a program authorized by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq) or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq) "shall establish a local school wellness policy by School Year 2006." Most districts identified the superintendent and school foodservice director as responsible for ensuring local wellness policy implementation.[6]

The legislation placed the responsibility of developing a wellness policy at the local level so the individual needs of each district can be addressed. According to the requirements for the Local Wellness Policy, school districts must set goals for nutrition education, physical activity, campus food provision, and other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness. Additionally, districts were required to involve a broad group of individuals in policy development and to have a plan for measuring policy implementation. Districts were offered a choice of levels of implementation for limiting or prohibiting low nutrition foods on the school campus. In final implementation these regulations prohibit some foods and beverages on the school campus.[7] The Pennsylvania Department of Education required the district to submit a copy of the policy for approval.

The North Allegheny School District offers a free school breakfast and free or reduced-price lunch to children in low income families. All students attending the school can eat breakfast and lunch. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty level are provided a breakfast and lunch at no cost to the family. Children from families with incomes between 130 and 185 percent of the federal poverty level can be charged no more than 30 cents per breakfast. A foster child whose care and placement is the responsibility of the State or who is placed by a court with a caretaker household is eligible for both a free breakfast and a free lunch. Runaway, homeless and Migrant Youth are also automatically eligible for free meals.[8] The meals are partially funded with federal dollars through the United States Department of Agriculture.[9]

In 2013, the USDA issued new restrictions to foods in public schools. The rules apply to foods and beverages sold on all public school district campuses during the day. They limit vending machine snacks to a maximum of 200 calories per item. Additionally, all snack foods sold at school must meet competitive nutrient standards, meaning they must have fruits, vegetables, dairy or protein in them or contain at least 10 percent of the daily value of fiber, calcium, potassium, and Vitamin D. [10] In order to comply with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 all US public school districts are required to raise the price of their school lunches to $2.60 regardless of the actual cost of providing the lunch.[11]

North Allegheny School District provides health services as mandated by the Commonwealth and the federal government. Nurses are available in each building to conduct annual health screenings (data reported to the PDE and state Department of Health) and to dispense prescribed medications to students during the school day. Students can be excluded from school unless they comply with all the State Department of Health’s extensive immunization mandates. School nurses monitor each pupil for this compliance.[12] Nurses also monitor each child's weight.

Highmark Healthy High 5 grant[edit]

In 2009, the North Allegheny School District received funding through a Highmark Healthy High 5 grant. North Allegheny Intermediate High School received $9,989 which was used to purchase a wide variety of gym equipment.[13] Beginning in 2006, Highmark Foundation engaged in a 5 year, $100 million program to promote lifelong healthy behaviors in children and adolescents through local nonprofits and schools.

School safety and bullying[edit]

North Allegheny School District administration reported there were zero (0) incidents of bullying at North Allegheny Intermediate High School, in 2012. However, there were 10 fights, an assault on a student, as well as, a case of sexual harassment.[14] Each year the North Allegheny Intermediate High School safety data is reported by the district to the Safe School Center which publishes the reports online.[15]

The North Allegheny School Board has provided the district's antibully policy online.[16] All Pennsylvania schools are required to have an anti-bullying policy incorporated into their Code of Student Conduct. The policy must identify disciplinary actions for bullying and designate a school staff person to receive complaints of bullying. The policy must be available on the school's website and posted in every classroom. All Pennsylvania public schools must provide a copy of its anti-bullying policy to the Office for Safe Schools every year, and shall review their policy every three years. Additionally, the District must conduct an annual review of that policy with students.[17] The Center for Schools and Communities works in partnership with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency and the Pennsylvania Department of Education to assist schools and communities as they research, select and implement bullying prevention programs and initiatives.[18][19]

Education standards relating to student safety and antiharassment programs are described in the 10.3. Safety and Injury Prevention in the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Health, Safety and Physical Education. [20]

Classrooms for the Future grant[edit]

The Classroom for the Future state program provided districts with hundreds of thousands of extra state funding to buy laptop computers for each core curriculum high school class (English, Science, History, Math) and paid for teacher training to optimize the computers use. The program was funded from 2006 to 2009. The North Allegheny School District did not apply to participate in 2006-07. In 2007-08, the high schools received $427,158. The district received $77,938 in 2008-09 for a total funding of $505,096.[21] Among the public school districts in Allegheny County the highest award was given to Highlands School District which received $835,286. The highest funding statewide was awarded to Philadelphia City School District in Philadelphia County - $9,409,073. The grant program was discontinued by Governor Edward Rendell as part of the 2009-10 state budget.

Extracurriculars[edit]

The North Allegheny School District offers a wide variety of clubs, activities and an extensive, costly sports program. Eligibility for participation is determined by school board policy and in compliance with standards set by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA).

By Pennsylvania law, all K-12 students residing in the district, including those who attend a private nonpublic school, cyber charter school, charter school and those homeschooled, are eligible to participate in the extracurricular programs including all athletics. They must meet the same eligibility rules as the students enrolled in the district's schools.[22]

Clubs & activities[edit]

NAI has a wide array of extracurricular clubs and activities available to students, including a Student Council, National Junior Honor Society, AFJROTC, Key Club, and Junior Classical League.[23]

Music[edit]

NAI offers several music courses and activities, such as wind bands, string orchestras, choirs, and music theory and composition electives. Additionally, NAI students have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular music activities. Some examples are marching band, Strolling Strings, NA Symphony Orchestra, and orchestra pit for the musical.[24]

Athletics[edit]

Students can participate in athletics at the Freshman and Junior Varsity levels in a wide variety of sports under WPIAL rules. The athletic program began in 1969 and has won a number of state championships. However, athletics are mainly found at North Allegheny Senior High School, the main North Allegheny high school serving grades 11–12 which houses all varsity sports.

The District funds:

According to PIAA directory July 2013 [25]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core Data - High School, 2010
  2. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Professional Qualifications of Teachers North Allegheny Intermediate High School 2012, September 21, 2012
  3. ^ "School Matters". 
  4. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (October 4, 2013). "High School Academic Performance Data 2013". 
  5. ^ North Allegheny School Board Policy Manual, Student Wellness Policy 3441, June 28, 2006
  6. ^ Probart C, McDonnell E, Weirich JE, Schilling L, Fekete V. (September 2008). "Statewide assessment of local wellness policies in Pennsylvania public school districts.". J Am Diet Assoc 108 (9): 1497–502. doi:10.1016/j.jada.2008.06.429. PMID 18755322. 
  7. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education – Division of Food and Nutrition (July 2008). "Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods in Pennsylvania Schools for the School Nutrition Incentive". 
  8. ^ USDA, Child Nutrition Programs - Eligibility Manual for School Meals, 2012
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center, The Pennsylvania School Breakfast Report Card, 2009
  10. ^ USDA, Child Nutrition Programs, June 27, 2013
  11. ^ United States Department of Agriculture (2011). "Food and Nutrition Service Equity in School Lunch Pricing Fact Sheet". 
  12. ^ Pennsylvania State Department of Health (2010). "Pennsylvania Bulletin Doc. No. 10-984 School Immunizations; Communicable and Noncommunicable Diseases". 
  13. ^ Highmark Foundation, 2009 School Challenge Grants, 2009
  14. ^ North Allegheny Intermediate High School Administration (2013). "North Allegheny Intermediate High School Safety report 2012". 
  15. ^ Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Safe School Center (2012). "Pennsylvania Safe Schools Online Reports". 
  16. ^ North Allegheny School Board (2006). "Anti-Bullying Policy 3585". 
  17. ^ Pennsylvania General Assembly (2006). "Regular Session 2007–2008 House Bill 1067, Act 61 Section 6 page 8". 
  18. ^ Center for Safe Schools of Pennsylvania (2006). "Bullying Prevention advisory". 
  19. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2012). "Bullying, Hazing, and Harassment Resources". 
  20. ^ Pennsylvania State Board of Education (January 11, 2003). "Pennsylvania Academic Standards Health, Safety and Physical Education". 
  21. ^ Pennsylvania Auditor General (December 22, 2008). "Classrooms for the Future grants audit". 
  22. ^ Pennsylvania Office of the Governor Press Release (November 10, 2005). "Home-Schooled, Charter School Children Can Participate in School District Extracurricular Activities". 
  23. ^ "List of Clubs & Activities available at NAI". North Allegheny Intermediate High School. Schoolwires. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  24. ^ "North Allegheny Arts". North Allegheny Intermediate High School. Schoolwires. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  25. ^ Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletics Association (2013). "PIAA School Directory". 
  26. ^ "Sopranos lawsuit brings up question of idea ownership". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 27 December 2007. 
  27. ^ Levin, Steve (4 May 2008). "Rev. Rossi back in news as Hollywood success story". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.