School Culture

Innovation Status

Northfield High School has been approved for innovation status by the Denver Public School Board of Education in a unanimous vote. This status creates the flexibility, adaptability, and responsiveness needed to ensure that every single student who walks through the school’s doors ultimately succeeds.

Learner Profile Traits

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program includes a learner profile designed to support engaged learning and global awareness. The traits are: inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, reflective. Students learn how to learn and grow as individuals and citizens. This builds meta-cognitive and executive function skills.

Student Government

Students form a governance structure that actively participates in decision-making at Northfield High School. The principal meets regularly with the student council which advises on school policy decisions. This process builds the foundation for shared ownership and citizenship and develops student self-efficacy.

Restorative Practices

Students learn to self-regulate, take ownership for actions, and grow from mistakes. At Northfield High School, advisors support this process, building on their relationships with students and the positive psychology mode. A commitment to restorative justice forms the backbone of a school culture in which disciplinary infractions, bullying, and inappropriate behaviors are addressed and quickly corrected should they occur.

Diversity and Inclusion

All learners are supported in heterogeneous classrooms. English Language Learner and Special Education students are provided with specialized supports in inclusive settings. Center Program students will participate in mainstream classes and all school activities. By embracing a diverse community of students, we encourage students to respect differences and work together to form a unified school community.

Sports and Clubs

Northfield High School offers varied CHSAA-sanctioned sports teams and clubs. Students take the lead in determining the nature of these programs. This teaches the importance of teamwork and effort, allows students to pursue passions, and, perhaps most importantly, is fun.

Experiential and Service Learning/Community Service

Service learning is a central component of the Northfield High School experience, designed to encourage students to become citizens of the broader world. Beginning in freshman year, service learning extends throughout high school. Activities build to the IB Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) program requirement for all upperclassmen. Service learning gives students opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills in an initiative supporting an identified community need at the local, national or international level. Through service, students develop and apply personal and social skills in real-life situations involving decision-making, problem solving, initiative, responsibility, and accountability for their actions. There is no formal assessment of CAS, but students will document their activities and provide evidence they have achieved specific learning outcomes.

Dress Code

Northfield High School strives to maintain an environment that is safe for all students and is conducive to learning. The purpose of the Northfield dress code is to create a professional and respectful environment. Student attire is an outward indication of one’s desire for success and as such, Northfield has developed a Dress Code within District guidelines to support a safe and disruption-free, appropriate learning environment for all.

Standard Daily Dress Code

All clothing and Accessories may not:

  • Be profane, obscene, lewd, suggestive, libelous, or vulgar
  • Denote gang involvement
  • Promote the use of drugs, tobacco, alcohol, or weapons
  • Intimidate or threaten any individual or group
  • Disrupt the learning environment
  • Promote any activity prohibited by the student code of conduct

Closed Campus for underclassmen

Northfield High School has a closed campus policy for all underclassmen to ensure students remain safe during their school day and to facilitate on-time arrival to their next classes. The school offers high-quality nutritional options for students on campus. Upperclassmen are permitted to leave campus for lunch if they are in good academic and behavioral standing.