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Guidance Department:
High School Guidance:
Welcome to the Northgate Guidance Department page! Here you will find information for both parents and students. It is our hope that the information gathered here will help you have a successful year at Northgate, and a prosperous future.

Brian Talbert Grades 10-12 412-732-3300 ext 1013
Stacy Gallagher Grades 7-9 412-732-3300 ext. 1014
Diane Burns Guidance Secretary 412-732-3300 ext 1012

Each student is assigned a counselor.  Students are requested to go to the Guidance Office during non-class time unless a counselor has requested otherwise.  The time for impromptu visits is during study hall periods.  A pass should be obtained from the guidance secretary prior to your visit and shown to your study hall teacher prior to going to the Guidance Office.  Students are also encouraged to visit the guidance counselors after dismissal.


2019-2020 Course Catalog

Adding/Dropping a Course

Schedule changes for the academic year will be processed during the first ten (10) days of school if deemed educationally sound. Changes should be initiated with the student's assigned guidance counselor. No other amendments to a schedule may be made, without consequences, unless appropriately substantiated by written documentation and ultimately approved by the Building Principal.


Numeric Grade
90 – 100
Superior Achievement
80 – 89
Above Average
70 – 79
60 – 69
Below Average
0 – 50
W/P (Withdrawal/Pass)
W/F (Withdrawal/Fail) 

*Core Subjects Only-English, Science, Social Studies and Mathematics – Final examinations will be scheduled and required.  The grade weight for each nine-week grading period for core subjects will be 22% of one’s grade.  The final exam’s value is 12% 

Each nine-week grading period 22% x 4 = 88%
Final examination grade 12% x 1 = 12%
TOTAL  100%

The best way to avoid failure is to always work to your ability at all times and contact your teacher immediately for special help when you feel you are having difficulty.  Teachers reserve the right to give a failing grade for any paper submitted after a given deadline without an acceptable reason.

Incomplete grades may change the final average to “failing.”  Regardless of a student’s average, any course may be failed by not meeting special course requirements.  Our entire grading system is based on the premise that one is held accountable for completing all requirements.

Additional Information:

  1. Grades will be issued based on performance each nine (9) weeks.
  2. Courses dropped after ten (10) school days at the beginning of a semester may result in a withdrawal and an “F” grade. 


Report Cards/Progress Reports

A progress report will be mailed home after 4 ½ weeks of every 9-week grading period and a parental conference may be requested at that time.  Parents/guardians, if they desire, may request a weekly progress report thereafter based on the quality of the student’s work.

Report cards are handed out at the end of every 9 weeks. Please check the district calendar or website for distribution dates.

Parents can check grades anytime using Power School's Parent Portal.

The final report card will be mailed.


Parent Teacher Conferences

Parents/guardians are encouraged to keep in contact with their child’s teachers.  If there is a need to meet with your child’s teacher, please adhere to the following: 
  1. Contact your child’s counselor at (412) 732-3300 ext. 1012
  2. Please inform your child’s counselor that you would like to schedule a meeting with your child’s teacher(s).
  3. The counselor will establish a convenient meeting time for all parties.

If the parent/guardian is not satisfied with the parent/teacher conference, then a meeting can be scheduled with the Principal.  The Building Principal’s secretary, may be contacted at (412) 732-3300 ext. 1001 to schedule a meeting time for all individuals.


Honor Roll
An Honor Roll will be published every grading period including the names of all students who have an 85% or higher grade average.  All courses will be included in calculating grade averages in proportion to the particular amount of credit given each course.  The Honor Roll will be as follows: 
Distinguished Honors
95% - 100% +
High Honors
90% - 94.99%
85% - 89.99%

Note:  Students achieving three consecutive certificates in Distinguished Honors will receive a certificate of distinction at the awards program in May.


Class Rank

Class rank is cumulative and is computed using all grades earned while attending Northgate High School.  The official ranking is completed at the end of each academic year.  The grade earned in a course taken for make-up is recorded in addition to the grade originally earned in that course; however, credit is granted only once.  Summer school grades become part of the record for the following school term and will not affect class rank until the end of the next school year.

Students electing advanced and identified accelerated courses have an opportunity to improve their class rank on the weighted scale.  The extra weight is given to courses by increasing the quality point value of the grades earned in the course.  There will be five (5) additional percentage points added to the grade.  The courses receiving this additional credit are English Honors, Social Studies Honors, Music Appreciation/History, Physics, and Calculus.

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are college-level courses taught in high school.  All AP courses will have ten (10) additional percentage points added to the grade.  These courses include AP U.S. History, AP European History, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Calculus, AP Biology, AP English Language and Composition, and AP Statistics.
Click Here for more AP Exam Information.


National Honor Society
The National Honor Society recognizes students for academic achievement, character, leadership and service. Students in grades 10-12 with an NGA of 87.5 or higher are invited to complete a personal information form. To be considered for acceptance, students must have at least 25 hours of community service in the 12 months prior to application, proof of leadership, and have upstanding character (determined by teacher evaluations and personal references). Candidates are evaluated by a 5 member faculty council. The National Honor Society is nationally recognized as the most prestigious honor a student can achieve during their high school career.



The minimum high school graduation requirements as set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Northgate School Board are as follows: 

Class 2020 2019 2018 2017
English 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0
Social Studies 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0
Mathematics 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
Science 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
Computer Applications II 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
Personal Finance 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
Physical Education
(.25 - 9th Grade; .5 - 10th, 11th, 12th Grade)
1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Health 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
Electives 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0
TOTAL 24.5 24.5 24.5 24.5

It is the responsibility of each student to maintain a personal record of courses taken and passed to be aware of requirements for graduation.  A student cannot rely solely on others to keep him/her informed of promotional status.

Graduation (Policy 217)


Preparing for Post-Graduation


SAT/PSAT Information ACT Information ASVAB Testing

General Information for the PSAT

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Practice Questions

Full Length Practice Test

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Helpful Links for Future Academic Plans:
Secondary Transition Parent Education Series
Education Planner
Mapping Your Future

The Common Application
(multiple colleges/one application)
My Majors
Occupational Outlook Handbook

My Future



Financial Aid/Paying for College
Financial Aid Presentation and  Documents from 2017-2018 Guidance Series of Events

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

2017-2018 FAFSA Form

Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency

FinAid The StudentSmart Guide to Financial Aide


Current Scholarship Information/Opportunities
Student Scolarships

Maguire Foundation
Burger King Scholar


Technical School Information
Technical Schools
Career Colleges


Military Recruiting Information
Pittsburgh MEPS testing: 412-395-4480

United States Army
United States Navy
United States Air Force
United States Marine Corps


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Common Sense Media
National Center For Missing and Exploited Children (
Pennsylvania Attorney General
Disney Internet Safety Tips

FBI Parent Guide to the Internet


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