NEHS Policies

Northeast High School Mission Statement

Northeast High School seeks to empower students to embrace learning as a lifelong process. We strive to foster in our students a respect for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, class, gender, or sexual orientation, for this is the very essence of learning in a global community. We aim to prepare our students to be contributing members of our 21st century high-tech society. Our ultimate goal is for our students to become empathetic leaders within their families, communities, and world.

Northeast High School Beliefs

We believe that:

  • Children come first
  • Learning occurs when made relevant to the students’ lives
  • Children learn in a variety of ways
  • Students flourish when pushed to their highest intellectual capabilities
  • All children deserve highly qualified and caring teachers
  • Teachers reach their students by forming trusting, safe relationships with them
  • Students excel when they have access to the newest technological innovations
  • Our teachers, students, and community at large welcome diverse backgrounds and points of view
  • A collaborative environment among teachers will foster higher student achievement and model positive group dynamics for our students
  • Parents play integral roles in their children’s success
  • Communication skills are integral in assuring success in the 21st century
  • Student learning increases when students are given the opportunity to work with their peers in order to prepare them for team endeavors beyond high school
  • Literacy skills are cross curricular and can be developed actively in all classrooms
  • Leadership and accountability are the keys to success
  • It takes the engagement of our entire community to ensure the success of Northeast High School


On behalf of the administration of Northeast High School, we would like to extend a very sincere welcome. Serving nearly 3600 students representing many different racial and ethnic backgrounds, and who speak more than 50 languages, Northeast High School is the largest comprehensive high school in the city, and the second largest in the state.

Embedded in the belief that all children can learn, the mission of Northeast High School is to ensure that every student achieves post-secondary success through the establishment of an educational program that encourages and enables the students of Northeast High School:

  • to develop the habits of mind and scholarship that promote self-initiated, independent thinking, as well as the continued pursuit and acquisition of knowledge
  • to develop an appreciation, understanding and acceptance of different cultures, values and attitudes, and
  • to become competent and productive members of our society who have the ability to adapt and compete in an ever-changing world.

It is our hope and desire to accomplish this through the establishment of an educational environment that reflects a collaborative effort by the administration, staff, students and parents; that uses the natural diversity of the student body to enhance students’ respect for other cultures, and which is conducive to the development of an educational program that is appropriate to the abilities and needs of each student, while also promoting self-motivation, self-esteem, self-discipline, a good work ethic, good social skills and citizenship. Further, acknowledging the interdependent relationship that exists among academic, interscholastic and co-curricular programs towards the growth and development of students, we believe that our programs are second to none and we are committed to their continued development and improvement.

This handbook is designed to serve as a guide to help you to become acquainted with Northeast High School, its policies, procedures and guidelines, as well as understand the expectations that we have of you. It is expected that you will read this handbook and become knowledgeable of its contents. If it should become necessary to amend or delete any procedure or policy contained herein, a memo under separate cover will be issued at the appropriate time. The same will occur if it is necessary to include a procedure or policy not already addressed, herein. Additional information about many of the topics in this handbook, as well as information on many other topics about Northeast High School and the School District of Philadelphia, can be found on our website, If we, or any member of the NEHS administration, can be of further assistance to you, please do not hesitate to ask.


The Administrative Staff of Northeast High School



As members of a diverse community in a democratic society, we are obligated to provide a safe and secure learning environment for all of our students. Our entire school community must embrace this responsibility in order to create a school in which students can learn and grow in an environment free from intimidation. Regardless of our personal feelings or individual biases, our actions should be socially appropriate and reflect respect for each member of our Northeast High School Community.

In accordance with the School District of Philadelphia’s Policies 102 and 103, we have established a zero tolerance policy towards the language and behavior of intolerance. This includes verbal as well as physical harassment. Unacceptable conduct, for example, could include inappropriate comments regarding ethnicity or sexual orientation, offhanded discriminatory remarks, offensive jokes and overt harassment of any kind. No student or staff member should be demeaned on the basis of race, language, ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation or ability. Any infractions of this non-discrimination policy will result in immediate disciplinary action for students and/or staff.

Our commitment extends further through our support of the following programs: the ALLY Safe Schools Network, Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED), Peer Mediation/ Conflict Resolution, Town Watch Integrated Services (TWIS), Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network (PAAN), and Teen Wellness. If you are interested in learning more about these programs, you may contact your counselor, the nurse, or an administrator.