High School Program Overview
Noblesville High School draws on a rich history that dates back to the 1870s. It is a comprehensive four-year school supported by a faculty of 146 teachers, one media specialist, two instructional coaches, six administrators, eight counselors, two athletic directors, an at-risk coordinator, and an array of support personnel. Nearly thirty courses, eighteen teachers, and several aides serve students with special needs.
High school students spend the majority of their time concentrating on English, math, science, social studies, and world languages. They have a wide variety of elective courses to choose from including classes in technology, business, art, and performing arts. The curriculum offers accelerated courses with weighted grades and dual-credit opportunities, Advanced Placement courses, courses offered through Indiana University’s Advance College Project, and Project Lead the Way Courses.
An additional 44 vocational courses are available through the J. Everett Light Career Center.
Noblesville High School’s honors program offers unique and challenging learning opportunities to motivated students who possess outstanding academic ability. Honors courses are offered in English, math, social studies, and science. All honors classes provide experiences that challenge students to improve their academic skills, expand and deepen content knowledge and understanding, and foster independent, lifelong learners. While students may earn college credit through Advanced Placement and Advance College Project classes, all of Noblesville’s honors classes give students a head start on college level work, improve writing and problem solving skills, and develop the study habits necessary for rigorous college work.
NHS offers early college opportunities to juniors and seniors in a variety of areas. In addition to the AP and ACP courses, juniors and seniors may take college courses. Students may choose courses offered in the evening through Ivy Tech at NHS, at any local accredited college or university, or at NHS during the school day.
Technology available to students and teachers includes more than 1,000 computers and internet access that is readily available throughout the building. Computer labs include five general purpose computer labs, along with labs for specific uses such as journalism, business, art, and mass media. All science classrooms are equipped with either a classroom set of laptops or iPads. Students produce the daily announcements and other special projects in the video production studio. A music studio houses electronic music courses and supports the music program.
Extracurricular programs are plentiful at NHS. Students may participate in academic, service, athletic, and performing arts programs. Academic clubs range from National Honor Society and world languages clubs to academic competitions such as Spell Bowl and Quiz Bowl. Key Club is a major service club, and the NHS student government is active in organizing school and community events. Four concert, two jazz bands, three orchestras, nine choirs as well as a recording studio are open to NHS students. Students participate in two major theater productions each year. The Millers athletic teams compete in thirteen sports sanctioned by the IHSAA; cheerleading and dance teams are also administered through the athletic department.
The high school facility is used extensively by the community. Emergency responders practice their skills in different areas of the buildings. Senior swim club members take advantage of the indoor pool. Community performing arts groups use the auditorium and stage for various performances.
In many ways NHS is a focal point of the community, contributing to a small-town atmosphere that exists despite continuing growth of the school and city.