Future Bronco News

For all incoming 9th grade families!

Welcome to Northgate!

We are so excited to welcome your 9th grade student to Northgate next year and want to share some information as we approach our new school year.


There were several dates during the spring and others coming up that will offer you and your student a chance to get acquainted with the school. Additionally, these dates will give you critical information on course selection, and will offer helpful guidance on how to plan for the year ahead.


Participation in these events will help you and your student get ahead in terms of learning how to maximize success at Northgate.

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Course Scheduling Packets

Where do I get these packets?

Course Scheduling Packets will be shared with families who are approved for pre-enrollment to Northgate HS, either through the student services office or during your enrollment meeting.


They are also available on the school website

Need help Choosing classes?

We have many promotional videos for various electives and programs, still available for your viewing. We also have posted slide decks, full course guides, and help videos on the Course Planning page on our school website.


Start HERE- to see the promotional videos for electives and school programs!

Middle School Counseling Visits

We hosted students from each prospective and feeder middle school to assist with 1:1 selection of courses and to answer questions. These were open Zoom drop-ins, and counselors and administrators were present to assist.


These meetings were intended for every 8th grade student planning to come to Northgate

Academic and Extracurricular Highlights

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See NHS in Action!

Performing and Visual Arts

Instrumental Music - Auditions and Placement generally in May, working with middle school programs

Contact: Greg Brown, Director- browngjazz@comcast.net


Vocal Music- Auditions and Placement generally in May, working also with middle school programs

Contact: Geoff Carter, Director- carterg@mdusd.org


Dance- Auditions and Placement in May; 9th grade students may be placed in Dance I or II only.

Contact: Kourtnie Howerton- howertonk@mdusd.org


Drama- Auditions and Placement generally in May, working with middle school programs

Contact: John Litten- littenj@mdusd.org


Visual Art- 9th grade students generally begin with Art Design A/B or Intro to Animation; contact department chair for more information

Contact: Carolyn Moore- moorec@mdusd.org

Bronco Athletics

With more than 20 sports teams at Northgate, our student athletes have many opportunities to get on the field and court to perform.


If your child is interested in playing a sport, please contact the coach and keep an eye on the website for announcements. Our Athletics Webpage includes information on how to register and important dates. All athletes must upload a current physical.


Our sports medicine program has a one day opportunity for athletes to come get their physicals, while also benefiting the program that will help to keep them healthy and playing all year round.


Any further questions, please contact the Athletic Director, Ben Ballard or Assistant Athletic Director, Brandon Enriquez.

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Club Offerings at NHS

Every year, students have the opportunity to form clubs to gather community towards a common purpose or interest. See the attached current club list and know that a goal of our Associated Student Body is to provide multiple opportunities for ALL students to get involved and build connection to their school and their peers.


Check out our current club offerings, and some of their promotional videos!

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to do to get my student enrolled at Northgate?

- If you live within the Northgate HS boundary, your student is automatically pre-enrolled. You will need to complete a residency verification in August.

-If you are from the Choice (unassigned) area or out of residency, please be sure to communicate with student services and follow deadlines. Enrollment is done by the district office.


We are pre-enrolled, now what?

- Course request forms must be completed and submitted in March. Class lists will be emailed during the summer to adjust for errors or changes, and official schedules are given at walk through registration in August.

- All 9th grade families will need to complete an address verification with the Northgate office during a particular time span in August, to be announced later. (Generally the first two weeks in August before walk through registration).


Are there any AP or Honors courses for my 9th grader?

- There are no honors or AP courses that 9th graders take. Many classes are prescribed 9th grade year, including Freshmen PE, Living Earth (Biology), and English I. Math classes are assigned based on 8th grade placement and CAASSP scores.


What is Link Crew?

-Link Crew is our freshman transition program, where junior and senior students are trained to be Link Crew Leaders, and freshmen are put into small groups with two leaders, who remain with them throughout the year. They will meet their leaders at Freshmen Orientation, and continue to interact and receive mentoring and assistance from them throughout the year in Strategic Support.


What is Strategic Support?

- Northgate has a unique bell schedule where built in two times a week are periods of time for students to study and work on homework and have the opportunity to work with student mentors. This is called Strategic Support (SS), which operates as a separate class, occurring between 3rd and 4th period. 9th grade students are assigned to these classes by link crew, and do not change classes throughout the year. 10th-12th grade students are assigned depending on if they are mentor volunteers (similar to tutors) or if they are struggling in a particular subject area (assigned to tutorial for that subject area), or if they just need the study time.

Student organized holiday toy drive

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NHS Academic Counselors are ready to help!

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Who do I contact?

Academic Counselors


Vice Principals

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Intra and Inter-District Transfers

Be sure to contact MDUSD Student Services and visit their webpage for the important information and dates. Student services, not Northgate High School, handles all transfer student paperwork and decisions.


Interdistrict transfer forms for requests were made available as of March 13th.

Unassigned (choice) area families

If you live in the unassigned area (near Clayton Valley Charter HS) and would like to attend Northgate HS, you would have received paperwork from Student Services at the district office confirming your request. (Timeline for this was Dec-Jan)


You MUST confirm your intent with the district office by sending back the form mailed to you or your request may be dropped.


Please contact Student Services if you have questions. 925-682-8000 ext 4069

Some Tips from the Pros

We asked our current 9th grade parents for tips and advice for our incoming families. They shared:


  • Parents should sign up for newsletters and read all the updates/information pieces that come out, NHS does a great job of keeping parents informed.
  • Drop off can get hairy. Allow for plenty of time, as the slow-down is real, drive through the drop off area (pull forward as far as possible before stopping) and do not stay after your child has left the vehicle. Please also remember students are all over the area- illegal u-turns and speeding are unsafe and put all of our children at risk.
  • As a student, the best way to feel like you're a part of the big school is to be involved! Take a look at the club offerings, athletics and arts, and find something to do with your peers!
  • Northgate is a GREAT school. 9th Grade Parents need to trust their children. As their child begins High School, realize it is the first step to growing a happy, productive adult. Don't shelter them and do things for them. Let your child navigate through everything high school has to offer - from Walkthrough before school starts, to their classes and extra curricular activities. Guide them, but let them choose! Both you, and they, will be happier!