Scroll down to the Scholarships tab to find opportunities for seniors to help finance post-secondary education.
Seniors: Community Scholarship Applications Available
Providing Support for Our Students and Families
Common areas of support include the Counseling Office, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), School Psychologist and School Social Worker.
Three counselors are available to assist Northfield High School students and their families in the areas of educational development, career and college planning and personal/social development. Students are assigned to a counselor by the student’s last name. To contact your counselor via email, please click on their name below.
Administrative Assistant: Kathy Clark 507.663.0636
The Northfield High School profile provides quick facts on our school, curriculum, grading system, graduation requirements, test scores, advanced/AP/honors classes, and the previous year’s graduating class. It is included with every transcript sent to post-secondary institutions as part of the admissions process.
Naviance is an online career and postsecondary planning site. Through this site, students can learn about careers, research colleges, communicate with counselors, and request transcripts. Naviance also provides our students free access to PrepMe, an online ACT prep course.
New Student Information
We are excited to welcome you to our school community. Northfield High School offers a variety of academic, athletic, fine arts and service opportunities. Please take time to explore the high school website and discover what interests you!
For more information on Enrollment, click here.
For more information on Incoming Freshmen, click here.
Course Registration and Planning 2020-21
Course Registration Dates
Students currently in grades 9, 10, and 11 will begin registration on Tuesday, February 4, during CCR Cohorts. Students in grade 8 will begin registration on Monday, February 24, when High School Counselors go to the Middle School. After registration is introduced on these dates, students in all grade levels will register online through their Family Access account. Log in to Skyward using STUDENT user name and password; registration is not possible using parent log-in information.
The registration deadline for students in grade 9, 10, and 11 is February 10, 2020. The deadline for students in grade 8 is Monday, March 2.
Preparation for Registration
There are two keys to registration: understanding what is offered and understanding how to register!
Course Registration Guide
The high school’s course registration guide is updated each year in an effort to make it a more effective educational tool and to help students connect courses to areas of interest. It includes course descriptions, graduation requirements and postsecondary planning information. Access the registration guide below:
Forms and Instructions for Requesting Courses
Forms are linked below with information regarding the registration process, a step-by-step guide for how to register online, and a list of courses available.
Counselors are available to assist with planning and registration. Students are able to set up individual appointments with their counselor via Calendly. Parents are welcome to email their student’s counselor or call 507.663.0636 to make an appointment.
Dual Credit Options
Several options are available for Northfield High School students to earn college credit including Advanced Placement (AP) courses, Concurrent Enrollment, College Credit Courses in Business, Industrial Technology and FACS, Senior Honors Program, Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO), and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP).
Contact a counselor for further information regarding any of these programs.
For students who have taken any articulated credits through our Business department and are trying to apply that credit towards their college, you can access your CTE Credit MN account here.
College Admission Exams, Preparation and Practice
Naviance Test Prep − ACT Prep Program
Naviance Test Prep is an individualized ACT prep program now available online through Naviance to all students in grades 9-12 at no cost. The adaptive plan includes diagnostic and practice exams, an electronic textbook, flashcards, and a personalized dashboard with a countdown to an upcoming test date – all completed online from any computer with internet access. Students can access Naviance Test Prep through Naviance, the online college and career planning program. Log-in reminders are available at the counseling office.
Practice Tests for the ACT, SAT and PSAT
Practice test opportunities are available with Learning Express, through the Northfield Public Library. A library card is required for access to this program. Go to http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/library, click on “E-Library,” then select “Learning Express Library.” Enter a library card number for username and create a password.
NHS School Code: 241-855
ACT Statewide Test Date
All 11th graders have the opportunity to take the ACT with Writing, the Accuplacer, or the ASVAB free of charge on February 25, 2020. We are calling this our Choice Ready Exam opportunity so that students and families can identify the option that provides the best fit for each student’s future plans. The test is administered during the regular school day at school. More information will be made available to students and families from the district as the test date draws closer.
ACT National Test Dates / Test Registration Deadlines (2019-2020)
- September 14, 2019 / August 16, 2019
- *October 26, 2019 / September 20, 2019
- *December 14, 2019 / November 8, 2019
- *February 8, 2020 / January 10, 2020
- April 4, 2020 / February 28, 2020
- June 13, 2020 / May 8, 2020
- July 18, 2020 / June 19, 2020
Dates with an (*) are test dates when Northfield High School will be a test center. All dates will have test centers somewhere in the area and are identified when students register online. For more information or to register online, visit www.actstudent.org.
All Sophomores will have the opportunity to take the PreACT test October 22, 2019. The test is administered during the regular school day at school. The PreACT gives students practice with the ACT test, give students an predicted ACT test score, and provides the school with powerful data that can help us better help students prepare for the ACT test. More information will be made available to students and families from the district as the test date draws closer.
SAT National Test Dates / Test Registration Deadlines (2019-20)
- August 24, 2019 / July 26, 2019
- October 5, 2019 / September 6, 2019
- November 2, 2019 / October 3, 2019
- December 7, 2019 / November 8, 2019
- March 14, 2020 / February 14, 2020
- May 2, 2020 / April 3, 2020
- June 6, 2020 / May 8, 2020
For more information or to register online, visit www.collegeboard.org.
PSAT Test (2019)
Juniors will have the opportunity to take the PSAT test October 16, 2019, at a set fee. The test is administered during the regular school day at school. The PSAT is another assessment tool to provide feedback to juniors regarding their preparation for post-secondary education. Students receive a predicted score for the SAT, another widely use college admissions exam. In addition, PSAT exam scores are used to determine semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholar program. More information will be made available to students and families from the district as the test date draws closer.
The Accuplacer is a comprehensive system of assessment, advisement, and placement for students entering many two-year colleges in Minnesota. It is composed of un-timed, computer adaptive, multiple choice assessments. The system determines which courses are appropriate for students and whether college readiness classes are needed. Results of the assessment are NOT related to acceptance to a college and are a tool for determining placement levels and course sequence requirements. Many two year schools may not require the Accuplacer if students achieve at a certain level (specific to that school) on the ACT or SAT.
Applying to College
College application process
We’ve created a handout to help with the college application process, which includes a timeline, important dates and specific steps for Northfield High School seniors: College Application Process
Letters of recommendation
The student highlights sheet should be completed by seniors and given to all adults who will write letters of recommendation.
Career and college planning
Naviance is an online career and college planning site available to Northfield High School students. Students can use this program to learn about career interests, research colleges, learn about scholarships, communicate with counselors, and request transcripts to be sent to colleges. (Our school code is: 241-855)
NCAA Eligibility Center
College-bound student-athletes preparing to enroll in a Division I or Division II school need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to ensure they have met amateurism standards and are academically prepared for college coursework.
Northfield High School students must earn a minimum of 23 credits. Of these 23 credits, 7 credits can be earned through a variety of elective courses, and the following 16 credits are required in specific subject areas:
- English: 4 credits
- Social Studies: 3.5 credits
- Math: 3 credits
- Science: 3 credits
- Physical Education: 1 credit
- Health: 0.5 credits
- Arts: 1 credit
Scholarships - Community Scholarships Now Available
Many community organizations and individuals provide scholarships to graduating NHS Seniors. We encourage seniors to take advantage of these scholarship opportunities to help with financing future educational endeavors.
2020 Scholarship Applications – Now Available
Most scholarship applications are accessible on-line (underlined below), however, a number of hard-copy only applications are available in the Counseling Office (indicated below). Applications may be printed and turned in, or sent by email, to Kathy Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unless otherwise noted, scholarship applications are due Friday, March 20 by 3:15 p.m. in the Counseling Office.
Universal Application (Use this 1 application to apply for the following 12 scholarships: Apple Autos, Dakota Electric, David Rodgers Memorial, Lucille Duesterhoeft Memorial, Nancy Pillsbury Memorial Business, Nancy Pillsbury Memorial Torch, NHS Alumni, Pat Lamb and Ele Hansen Charitable Fund, Sheldahl Flexible Technologies, Inc. (new as of 2/11), Skip Boyum Memorial, Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric, and the Tom Blaisdell Memorial).
Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship (in Counseling Office)
DSI Environmental Award Scholarship (in Counseling Office)
Jennie O Turkey Store Scholarship (in Counseling Office)
N.E.W. Lions Club Scholarship (in Counseling Office)
Northfield Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Award (in Counseling Office)
Northfield Knights of Columbus Book/Supplies Scholarship – Coming Soon
Northfield Touchdown Club (in Counseling Office)
Northfield Union of Youth Scholarship (in Counseling Office)
PEO Recognition Scholarship (in Counseling Office)
Rice Co. Farm Bureau Scholarship (in Counseling Office)
Schieck Orthodontics Dental Asst. Scholarship (in Counseling Office)
Torch Scholarship (in Counseling Office)
Tri-Lakes Sportsmen’s Club Scholarship (in Counseling Office)
YMCA Board of Directors Scholarship – Coming Soon
In cooperation with the Northfield Area Learning Center (ALC), the Summer School Credit Recovery Program is available for students requiring additional high school credit. Two 3-week sessions are offered beginning in June and July. For more information, contact your high school counselor or the ALC, at 507.645.1201.
Additional Student Support
Psychologist & Social Worker
Carrie Duba, School Psychologist
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
Kari Prestemon, School Social Worker
Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is a school-wide, multi-level framework of instructional design that supports all students. Through school-wide data review, students who need targeted or intensive instruction are identified. Interventions are implemented, progress is monitored, and data-based decision making occurs to determine the next steps for each student.
Visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s page on MTSS to learn more.
How MTSS Works Here
The High School Team
The MTSS team meets weekly to review the MTSS process. This includes ongoing monitoring of the effectiveness of instruction and intervention.
- Marnie Thompson, Assistant Principal
- Carrie Duba, School Psychologist
- Lisa Battaglia, Achievement Seminar Instructor and MTSS Coach
The MTSS Data Team meets monthly to review student data and determine appropriate student placements. The data team at the high school includes the principal, assistant principals, school counselors and MTSS coaches.
The MTSS coaches prepare student data to bring to the data team, review and monitor current supports and interventions, and review the need for new interventions.
- Carrie Duba, School Psychologist
- Lisa Battaglia, Achievement Seminar Instructor and MTSS Coach
Throughout the course of their high school career, students at Northfield High School may be part of the following academic supports and interventions.
9th Grade Academy
This intervention is designed for 65-80 selected 9th grade students, and fulfills the requirements for science, social studies, and English. Students are identified for the academy based on test scores (MAP and MCA), academic performance, grade-point average, and middle school staff recommendation. The academy provides a framework of team support that delivers science, social studies, and science at normal 9th grade rigor. Students in the academy also participate in 9th grade seminar, which is a homework and study support period led by the academy teaching staff.
Structured Study Center
This is a supported study hall that has fewer than 10 students. Students are placed in a SSC when they have grades of D or F for any core course in the most recent grading period. The teachers in the SSC work with the student to identify and prioritize outstanding coursework, to check and monitor grades weekly and to provide an environment where the student can maximize productivity. Students may be scheduled out of SSC at quarter time when their grades are all at a C level or better and in consultation with the SSC teacher. As with a regular study hall, the student does not earn credit in a SSC.
This is an intervention study seminar with fewer than 10 students designed to develop student skills such as organization, planning, prioritization, attention, focus, and motivation. Students who are identified through their group test scores (MAP, MCA) may also receive some reading instruction. Students are identified for the Achievement Seminar when they are currently in a supported study hall (SSC/TORCH) and are at risk for continuing to fail academic classes. In this seminar, students participate in brief lessons designed to build skills and develop strategies for monitoring and organizing their work, and use the rest of the class period to complete coursework. Students earn an elective credit for this class.
English Learner (EL) Services
Students who have not yet developed academic English proficiency in their ability to speak, listen, read and/or write, may be eligible for EL services. The goal of EL services is to teach students English so that they will be able to fully participate in all classes and subjects taught in school. Find criteria and additional information on the EL Services page.
These courses fulfill the local and state requirements for Biology and Chemistry. Students are selected for standards-based courses based on a series of criteria, including science and reading scores (MAP and/or PLAN), previous academic performance, and teacher recommendation. Standards-Based Courses focus specifically on the state-required standards in science, giving all learners access to the science curriculum.
Behavior Expectations Support
Throughout their high school career, students will be taught building-wide behavioral expectations. At different times of the year, the school may highlight different behaviors based on student behavior data that is collected as part of the PBIS process. PBIS is short for Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports, which is based on principles of applied behavior analysis and the prevention approach and values of positive behavior support.
Northfield High School is a member of cohort 9 of the state of Minnesota, and we completed the two-year PBIS training on March 18, 2015. Thirteen school staff members were involved in the implementation training.
For more information on Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports, visit pbis.org.
Our Behavior Statement:
Northfield High School is a community of learners who are safe, respectful and responsible.
The Keys to Success are: Safety, Respect and Responsibility