Northside High School

Home of the Rams - Where students LEARN, GROW, and ACHIEVE


  • Rescuing Hope armbands are available in the office for $5.00. 

    Yearbooks are no longer available for purchase online, but may be purchased here at school for $65.  See Mrs. Hughes. 

    Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa is one of our Adopt-A-School partners.  They offer a $1,000 scholarship to someone in the class of 2017 – YES, that could be you!  Applicants are required to submit an essay of 300 words or less.  The main focus of the essay is Rotary’s “Four-Way Test” and how you can (or do) use the principles outlined in this test as a pattern for your personal life.  Whenever Rotarians are called upon to make an important decision, they are urged to ask these FOUR questions:

    --Is it the TRUTH?
    --Is it FAIR to all concerned?

    --Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

    --Will it be BENEFICIAL to all persons concerned?

    Please stop by Mrs. Hudgins’ office for an application if you meet these criteria!  GO RAMS!

    Looking for a summer job? PARA is hiring for many positions! The Summer Youth Employment Program is for students ages 16-21 who may benefit from the opportunity of work experience for the summer. This is a 9-week program and there are a variety of jobs available. Applications are due to PARA by May 5 and interviews will begin the week of May 8. Please see Mrs. Hudgins to pick up your application today!!

    Softball @ Hale Co today at 5:00 p.m.

    Sgt Knight from the US Marines will be set up today during all 3 lunch shifts.  Be sure to stop by his table and pick up information on the marines as well as the NROTC scholarship program.

    Let's celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2017!!

    Senior Honors Night, Monday, May 1, 2017, 6:30 p.m.Northside Cafeteria

    All seniors who have received any type of scholarship will be recognized. We invite all members of the Class of 2017 and their families to join us for this night of celebration! Various college and community representatives will be here to present scholarships to our students.

    Sunday dress, Light reception following.  All scholarship offers must be submitted to Mrs. Hudgins by THURSDAY, APRIL 27 to be presented that night.

    Football Spring Training will begin Thursday, April 27.

    Softball v Brookwood Thursday, April 27 at 5:00 p.m.

    NHS Softball Tournament Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29

    CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR GIRLS IN TUSCALOOSA!!!  Have you considered participating in Distinguished Young Women of Tuscaloosa County? DYW is a national scholarship program that inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments.  DYW has awarded more than $100 million in cash scholarships at the local, state and national levels. Tuscaloosa County has awarded $8,000 to $10,000 in cash scholarships each year as well as multiple FULL scholarships to Troy University.  Applications are being accepted NOW. Visit to apply or contact us at Join us on Sunday, April 30, 2017, 2:00 p.m. in the Central High School Library for an informational meeting.

    Softball @ Northridge Tuesday, May 2nd at 4:30 p.m.

    Area Softball Tournament Thursday, May 4th at 9:30 a.m.

    Class Ring Orders will be taken Thursday, May 4th

    Northside Rodeo Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available in the office for $10.  Tickets at the gate will be $15.00. 

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cheerleader Congratulations to our AHSAA State Track Winners Competing in 4A/5A!

Tanner King took 1st place in the 800 Meter Run and 2nd in the 3200 Meter
Our 4x800 Meter Team, Cody Robertson, Samual Barrentine, James LaGrone, and Tanner King, medaled earning 2nd place in a close race against 5A Scottsboro High!
 State of Alabama A-F Report Card

For the first time in several years, the Alabama State Department of Education will release an “A-F Report Card” for every school and every school system. The determination of how to fairly and accurately report data that is important for our families, communities, and state has been one of the most highly debated processes in recent history. Educating children is highly complicated and involves so much more than the use of an annual test to indicate success or failure. Still, annual tests are important checkpoints for progress and serve as one source of information for students, parents, and the community-at-large. Research across the country clearly shows that other critical factors in a child’s life, such as personal determination, support from home, and community life all play a major role in student success.

The ACT Aspire was introduced in Alabama schools beginning in the spring of 2014 as a more rigorous assessment in the areas of mathematics, reading, and science. It is given in grades 3-8 and for the first time in 2016, grade 10. The test measures how well students are progressing toward meeting college and career-ready benchmarks as they all will eventually take the ACT Plus Writing college entrance exam in grade 11. Whether or not a student intends to go to college, the rigor and academic progress measured is important for whichever path a student chooses after high school.


The “A-F Report Card” for this year will not report letter grades. It will indicate a proficiency level in the areas as listed below.


[Schools with Grades 3-8 Only]

Learning Gains: This measure is important in that it shows the progress that individual students are making over the course of time. Using baseline data of 2014, this measure looks at the developing trend showing whether or not students are improving in math and reading over the three years the ACT Aspire has been administered. High schools will not have this measure as 10th graders took the ACT Aspire for the first time in 2016 and the data is not available to determine learning gains. That measure for high schools will be reported starting with the 2017 report.


Student Achievement: This measure is a reflection of how well students performed on the test for the spring 2016 administration in the areas of reading and mathematics.


Local Indicators: This is a measure of how well a school or school system performed in meeting a locally-selected area of need (example: improvement in discipline; character education program; attendance goals; etc.) based on beginning of the year baseline data compared to reports at year-end.


[High Schools]

High schools will have the “student achievement” and “local indicators” measure along with a measure for “graduation rate”.

Graduation Rate: This measure will reflect a school’s percentage of high school students who graduated within 4 or 5 years from the time they entered ninth grade.


Progress Being Made in Tuscaloosa County Schools

While there is much improvement to be made, results over the past three years show clear evidence that students are improving and the instructional strategies that are being implemented are making a difference. The “Student Achievement” levels are not ones in which we are proud, however, the strong scores in “Learning Gains” show that we are moving in the right direction. “Learning Gains” are also important because it reflects results from all students, at all levels of academic performance (low middle, or high), and shows that gains are being made.


What We Are Doing to Address Areas in Need of Improvement 

Our instructional focus in Tuscaloosa County to help students achieve to their full potential revolves around several key areas. Initiatives and strategies we have in place and are working to enhance are listed below.

  • All new teachers are being assigned a veteran and highly successful teacher as a mentor to work with them throughout the school year.

  • Each school has set up a data room and meets regularly to review formative assessment data so that instruction may be adjusted on a weekly basis as needs dictate. Formative assessments are quick checks that are given on a weekly or even daily basis that provide feedback to teachers and students.

  • Research shows that coaching is one of the most effective strategies to improve instruction. Our system has employed twenty-four instructional coaches and reading specialists to work with our elementary, middle, and high school classrooms.

  • As a result of an identified need to increase the rigor for our reading instruction, the Wonders reading program has been provided to all elementary schools at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year. Visits and consultation with other school systems that showed greater proficiency in reading helped us determine that this program would be a great benefit to our system.

  • Additional support for teacher professional development in the area of mathematics has been provided through the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) as well as Math Solutions. Each of these providers has experts in the field of mathematics who provide resources and coaching for teachers.  

  • The faculty at Northside High School is implementing a literacy program entitled Literacy for All. Students will be required to write essays in all core classes as well as elective courses. Students will receive continuous instruction on reading, discussing and annotating articles; pre-write utilizing graphic organizers and finally, write the essays. Studies have shown that utilizing literacy/writing across the curriculum has increased ACT reading and writing scores tremendously.

  • Professional learning communities, where teachers who teach in the same content area communicate and work collaboratively to plan for instruction, develop formative assessments, and analyze assessment results are being set up throughout our system.

  • Much work is being performed in professional learning communities to clearly identify the learning targets associated with each standard within a content area. Emphasis is being placed on how the instruction and formative assessment is closely aligned with those learning targets.

  • Efforts are being made to develop strategic intervention plans where students who struggle in a particular area may receive additional time in instruction, and for those who are more academically proficient will receive enhanced instructional opportunities.

  • Specifically at Northside High School, we offer study strategies classes for students who struggle in core subject areas. We also offer Enrichment class to all 9th and 10th graders. This class allows students opportunities for extra tutoring sessions, catching up on missed work, learning proper study skills, as well as requiring designated reading days.

How Do We Compare Across the State? 

Although not shown in the “A-F Report Card”, the Tuscaloosa County School System is meeting or exceeding the state proficiency levels in most grade levels in reading and mathematics as shown by the charts below.


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