The North Fork School
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Hard Statistics

Another Year for the Books.

 
 

An External Review Team representing the Northwest Accreditation Commission assessed the North Fork School in February, 2015. The full text of the Team's Report is here:

 
 

We value stakeholder opinions.

 
 

In April of 2014, in preparation for our NWAC/AdvancED External Accreditation Review in February of 2015, The North Fork School distributed Stakeholder Surveys to current and alumni parents, current and alumni students, and current staff. We are pleased to share the results of those surveys here.

 

 

We had a 62% overall response rate, with each standard averaging 4+

 

A short synopsis of results (on a 5-point scale) >>>

4.46

Standard 1:
purpose/direction

4.33

Standard 2:
governance/leadership

 

4.29

Standard 3:
teaching/assessing

4.15

Standards 4 & 5:
resources/support
using results for improvement

 
 
 

We never teach to tests, but tests reveal student progress.

 
 

North Fork School student Performance Data consistently reveals a correlation between years spent in North Fork School classes and increased performance on national standardized assessments.

Seniors who have spent four or more years at The North Fork School are AP Scholars and McCall-Donnelly High School Valedictorians (2003, 2009, 2013) and Salutatorians (2013, 2014) of their McCall-Donnelly classes, as well as National Merit Finalists and semi-finalists (2005, 2009), and Academic All-Americans (2009).

The following chart of SAT scores across time (number of average years the students in each cohort spent at The North Fork School) reveals the relationship between consistent study at The North Fork School and increased SAT performance >>>

 

SAT Scores -- Old SAT (average score per class)

Data reveals a correlation between the number of years students spend at The North Fork School and increased test scores.

COMING SOON: better graphs

 
 
 

Vertical Alignment = coursework that builds upon previous years to reach an ultimate goal. 

 
 
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The goal is comfort with, and confidence in, future college coursework

The primary focus of North Fork curriculum is academic writing, including formal literary analysis, using text references as support for critical reading of texts. History research papers, short essays, and longer research projects reinforce and enhance the writing skills that students develop in English class. During Middle School, both history and English classwork is essential in developing students' academic writing abilities.

Many students leave NFS and enter the local high school after our 3rd Year CORE program, thinking that they have the necessary writing skills for college. Their 3rd Year skills are sufficient to do well at MDHS through their senior year.

However, our CORE (English + history) programs only introduce true college-level preparatory work, which begins in 10th grade. North Fork college-prep curricula develops exponentially after the 3rd Year until students graduate, usually with very high AP test scores, in 12th grade. Even North Fork math classes incorporate writing projects and analysis throughout the mathematics curriculum.

 

The pages below link to student creative writing samples, as well as list types of academic writing students complete in each year of North Fork classes.

Assignments, especially academic ones, are required of all students --  no one finishes the year until all academic assignments are completed and in Final Folders.

The creative pieces available for perusal from previous class groups in each year are also required assignments; however, students complete their creative pieces at varied individual paces throughout the course of their years at North Fork.

 
 
 

Because Education.

 
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