North Fort Myers High School
|North Fort Myers High School|
|5000 Orange Grove Blvd
North Fort Myers, Florida
|Type||Public Secondary School|
|School district||Lee County School District|
|Number of students||1,600|
|Color(s)||Red and White|
|Website||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 1550 students. The official school colors are red and 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.
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.
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. The student work can be viewed here.
In February, 2010, the school added the University of Cambridge's AICE program to its curriculum offerings. 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Academic standing
- 3 Advanced Placement
- 4 Dual Enrollment
- 5 Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE)
- 6 Center for Arts & Media
- 7 Animation and Game Development Academy
- 8 Business & Technology Education
- 9 Technology
- 10 Knights Scholar Mentoring Program
- 11 School alma mater
- 12 Rivals
- 13 Notable alumni
- 14 References
- 15 External links
North Fort Myers High School was established in 1962 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.
There are a total of 84 teachers on staff at North, and 31 (37%) hold a Masters degree or higher. In addition, ten (10) teachers (12%) are adjunct professors at Edison Community College. 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.
The school currently houses approximately 1,575 students. In 2008, the student population consisted of approximately 23% minority, 12% gifted, and 38% of students qualified for free and reduced lunch. 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 2002-09, North High was the number one chosen high school in the West Zone. Incoming freshmen have the opportunity to attend an orientation camp in August, where students learn about North High programs, clubs, and school traditions.
School grades and SIP goals
In 2009, North High was awarded a grade of "A" by the Florida DOE. North was the only school in the Lee County School District to be awarded an A rating for both 2008 and 2009. In 2008, North Fort Myers High School was awarded a grade of "A" by the Florida Department of Education. The 2007-08 academic year marked the first time in school history that North High had received an "A" rating.
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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, it replaced the State Student Assessment Test (SSAT) and the High School Competency Test (HSCT).
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|Year||Mean Writing SS||% Levels 3 - 5||Combined Mean Sc||% >= 3.5||% >= 4.0||# of Students||AYP >= 3.0||District Ranking|
Advanced Placement courses
- AP 2D Studio
- AP 3D Studio
- AP Calculus
- AP Chemistry
- AP English Language
- AP English Literature
- AP Government & Politics
- AP Human Geography
- AP Music Theory
- AP Physics
- AP Spanish Language
- AP Spanish Literature
- AP Statistics
In 2010, Thirty eight students at North Fort Myers High School earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams, up from fourteen students in 2009. This includes six students that earned the second highest award, the AP Scholar with Distinction.
Dual Enrollment and Early Admissions are programs that allow high school students to take Edison State College courses while also earning high school credit toward graduation.
In 2009-10, students at North Fort Myers High School earned a total of 2,365 free college credits through the dual enrollment and early admissions programs. This represents a 56% increase from the previous year.
Dual Enrollment courses
- DE American Government
- DE Bio LAB
- DE Biology
- DE College Success
- DE Comp 1*
- DE Comp 2*
- DE International Relations*
- DE Intro to Education
- DE Nutrition
- DE Teaching Diverse Populations
- DE Technology for Educators
- Dual Enrollmentcourses at North High
- Dual Enrollment courses at Edison St College
- Dual Enrollment courses at FGCU
- Early admission through Edison State College & FGCU
- FGCU Collegiate High School
Admission is based on a combination of the following:
- Designation as a rising 9th grade student
- Minimum combined GPA and standardized test scores (see Eligibility Index Scale)
- Recommendation from a Principal or designee
Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE)
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.
North High students who are in the AICE program are enrolled in pre-AICE courses in Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Math during their 9th and 10th grade academic years. Upon successful completion of the Pre-AICE track at the end of the 10th grade year, students choose from a variety of options, with the assistance of their academic adviser, to complete their high school requirements.
The AICE program and cirriculum is overseen by the University of Cambridge, an institution consistently ranked as one of the top 5 academic universities in the world. It is a flexible, broad-based, two-year curriculum, which is offered worldwide at schools and colleges in over 150 countries.
The Florida Legislature has identified AICE as a graduation option and acceleration mechanism through which high school students can be awarded up to 30 hours of college credit. Students earning the AICE Diploma qualify for the maximum Florida Bright Futures tuition scholarship and students completing the curriculum can earn the Florida Medallion Scholars Tuition Award.
The AICE Diploma requires passing exams in at least six courses (credits). Each Cambridge AS Level Exam counts as one full credit. A Cambridge A Level Exam counts as a double credit qualification. Students must pass at least one exam in each of the three subject areas (Mathematics & Sciences, Languages and Arts & Humanities) and an additional three examinations in any area.
Students must take at least one class from each of the 3 subject groups, the class choice is up to them. The remaining classes can be made up from any combination the student chooses.
Center for Arts & Media
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. To find out more about the North High Arts program, please check out the Art Gallery.
Admission to the North Fort Myers High School Center for Arts and Media West Zone program is by audition only. In addition to the Arts & Media application, a West Zone school application should also be completed according to the school's published timeline. Should a student be accepted into the Arts & Media program following their audition, that student may be released from the school assigned by School Assignment in order to attend the North Fort Myers High School Center for Arts and Media program. All students enrolling in the arts and media program must complete four semesters in the program to be considered for a waiver should they choose to leave the program. (School District of Lee County Administrative Regulation 1.63)
To attend the North Fort Myers High School Center for Arts and Media, students are selected by an audition process for one of the seven majors. Arts and Media students take a full academic program throughout the day integrated with arts and media classes that will be offered in two-period blocks. A graduate of North Fort Myers High School Center for Arts and Media is expected to be prepared to continue in the art and media field or to succeed in the finest liberal arts colleges.
Auditions for the Center for Arts and Media are held every spring. North High currently offers five tracks within the Arts & Media program: Dance, Media Arts, Musical Arts, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts. Students interested in becoming part of one or more programs must first pick up an application from the school. Students who are currently enrolled in a West Zone high school or who are currently enrolled in eighth grade at a West Zone middle school are eligible to audition and participate in the Center for Arts and Media.
Animation and Game Development Academy
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.
AGDA is designed to prepare a student for a career as a Game/Simulation Designer, Digital Media Artist, and Digital Media Specialist. The content includes practical experiences in game/simulation conceptualization, design, storyboarding, development methodologies, audio–sound effects design and production, video–special effects design and production, and implementation issues.
At the center of the AGDA program is 3ds Max, an industry-leading gaming and animation software program that has been used to develop many blockbuster films including: Jurassic Park. North High is the only school in the district to offer a four-year program centered around 3ds Max.
3ds Max is the same software used in engineering companies to do plant layouts. Architectural companies also use this software to present walk-throughs of new buildings to clients
Students are introduced 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
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.
North High places a special emphasis on technology and its use as an accelerator for teachers, staff, and students. There are currently over 600 computers on campus available for student use. The school provides eight dedicated computer labs for its engineering, technology, and video production classes, as well as five additional labs that can be reserved by teachers whose rooms are not equipped with computers.
AutoCAD and Architectural Desktop
AutoCAD Architecture software, the AutoCAD for architects, enables instantaneous productivity and smooth collaboration within a software environment you already know. Students at North High use AutoCAD and Architectural Desktop software as purpose-built architectural design and drafting tools make for efficient, intuitive creation of construction documents.
3D modeling and animation
Many of the courses at North involve products from Adobe Systems. All student workstations feature Adobe mainstays such as Flash, Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Premiere Pro, and are all used extensively by the Arts & Media students on campus. In addition, all student stations at North have the complete Adobe CS4 Design Premium Suite installed to give students the best possible access to these applications.
North High’s digital photography classes are designed to teach students satisfactory skills and gain knowledge of the art and science of Digital SLR Photography. Students will develop technical skills that lead to the success in Digital SLR camera operation, as well as a working knowledge of the language of photography.
The courses allow students to develop a personal awareness and knowledge of photography as a communication process. Students are taught how to create, manipulate, and optimize images for print and the Web using Adobe Photoshop CS4.
Web page design is a process of conceptualization, planning, modeling, and execution of electronic media content delivery via the Internet in the form of technologies (such as markup languages) suitable for interpretation and display by a web browser or other web-based graphical user interfaces (GUIs). North High web design students use various application within the Adobe CS4 Premium Suite, primarily Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, and Adobe Dreamweaver.
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.
The media center
The North High Media Center currently has 120 computers for student use. The center's architecture is somewhat unique for a high school, the most obvious being the 30 foot ceilings. On the far wall is a mural created specifically for the school by a former North High alumni.
The computers in the Media Center are organized into four different lab areas, and can be used by teachers as part of a scheduled class, or by individual students who have permission to be in the Media Center.
The SuperLab currently has 100 machines for student use. The lab is grouped in three smaller labs, which can be used independently or together as part of a larger presentation. In addition to student workstations, each lab also contains individual teacher stations and network printers.
Although it is open to all teachers, the SuperLab is primarily reserved by Reading and English classes who work with TeenBiz3000, a web-based, individualized reading and writing instruction solution that has been implemented district-wide.
Knights Scholar Mentoring Program
The mission of the Knights Scholar program is to provide academic mentorship and a positive role model to the students of North Fort Myers High School. Its purpose is to provide leadership, guidance, and support to students through a mentoring relationship between freshman and upper-class students.
- The primary goal of the program is to improve academic performance through direct interaction between the student and a mentor. Mentors are members of the National Honor Society .
- To provide academic support and personal guidance for students which will enable them to better understand the challenges of high school and enhance their opportunities for success
- To develop a strong, positive identification with North Fort Myers High School through interaction with successful students
- To assist students in coping with unique social environment and associated difficulties (i.e. lack of role models, cultural isolation, lack of peers in class and dorms)
- To improve communication between students and others
- To develop a sense of community and "belonging" within the high school setting
- To encourage students' involvement in all aspects of high school life
- To serve as a role model by sharing one's own personal experience and strategies for overall success
- To identify any potential problems that will interfere with the accomplishment of the student's educational goals and to inform the advisor/administration of problems
School alma mater
Our North Fort Myers We Honor Thee,
For Memories We Hold So Dear,
Ideals we've learned and friends We Made,
Oh, May They guide us on our way,
So Forward Ever Be our aim
Our Alma Mater HAIL TO THEE!
The varsity football game between North Fort Myers and Fort Myers, on October 27, 2006, was covered live by ESPN on their sports channel ESPNU, due to the fact that North High running back Noel Devine was one of the top high school football prospects in the 2007 recruiting class. The Red Knights defeated the Green Wave in that game by a score of 24 to 6. The win marked the North's first victory over Fort Myers since 1994. In the game, Noel Devine rushed for 164 yards on 26 carries and scored on touchdown runs of 13 and 34 yards.
Fort Myers has won 14 of the last 15 matchups between the two schools.
North High has produced several notable alumni:
- Tommy Bohanon,fullback for the New York Jets
- Jeff Bowen, Obie Award-winning composer, lyricist and actor
- Marquis Cunningham, one of the top 20 finalists of the TV show So You Think You Can Dance
- Noel Devine, class of 2007, running back for the Montreal Alouettes.
- Richard Fain, former defensive back for the Cincinnati Bengals, Phoenix Cardinals and Chicago Bears, former standout at the University of Florida
- Mike Greenwell, former professional baseball player, played his entire career with the Boston Red Sox
- Jevon Kearse, former professional football player who played defensive end for the Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles
- Jeff Kottkamp, Lt. Governor of Florida
- Craig Leon, Grammy Award-winning composer and record producer. Producer of the Ramones, Blondie, Luciano Pavarotti and Joshua Bell.
- Jim Miller, a pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles
- Deion Sanders, former National Football League cornerback, Major League Baseball player, and former CBS Sports commentator
- Mike Scott, Lee County, Florida Sheriff
- Chad Senior, 2000 Modern Pentathlon World Championships, 15th (individual); relay, team event, 1st
- Warren Williams, professional football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Indianapolis Colts.
- George McNeill, American professional golfer. Two-time winner on the PGA Tour.
- Florida School Grades Archived 13 February 2011 at WebCite
- Student Portfolio Totals Archived 13 February 2011 at WebCite
- High School adds new academic program Archived 13 February 2011 at WebCite
- AICE & Florida Bright Futures
- 2008-09 AVP Statistics Archived 13 February 2011 at WebCite
- Did You Know[dead link]
- DE Course Listings
- School Data Profile
- Student Assignment Rankings
- 2008-09 Lee County Grade Report Archived 13 February 2011 at WebCite
- 2007-08 Lee County Grade Report Archived 13 February 2011 at WebCite
- College and University rankings[dead link]
- CIE in the USA
- Florida Public School Options
- Florida Bright Futures
- Cambridge AICE Diploma
- 2008-09 Lee County School Grades
- North Fort Myers High School Homepage
- North Fort Myers High School AICE Program
- North High Animation & Game Design Academy
- North High Arts & Media Program
- Student Portfolios
- Digital Photo Gallery