I just entered Northwood this year as a new student, and I'll rate this school by making a Pro and Con chart: Pros: - The kids are extremely friendly and open to new students; I had a lunch table to sit the first day of school! - This school offers a wide variety of clubs, which is great because you get to meet a bunch of new people who share same interests with you. - The academic program is overall excellent and demanding, and there are ample Honors and AP courses offered. - The student committee often hosts events to make you feel well engaged in the community. Cons: - The class sizes are way to big; you REALLY have to stand out to get the teacher's attention. - Despite the good academic program, the amount of homework is overly excessive. It's NOT uncommon to sleep past midnight even if you don't procrastinate. - The library is disappointing. The librarians there always close it at lunch because they claim there are too many students inside, even though this is clearly false. So there's basically no quiet place where you can study, that has the AC turned on during the hot summer. The librarians are also very unfriendly. Once one of them kicked me out without addressing why.
Let's get this straight - it's a great school if you are fine with having some of the worst athletics in the state, okay with being considered "below average" in academics if your not in geometry as a freshman, or okay with being in a school of snobby kids who think they are so much better than you, when they are really not. Back to athletics. This school is a joke athletically, all sports, especially football. The coaches think they are professional league coaches, and so do the athletes. Every now and then there are a few good athletes that come out of this school but they are definitely few and far between. There are a couple really good teachers, but the problem is the teachers are either really good or really bad. Then the academic levels. Basically every College Prep class here would be AP or Honors in any other school, and the amount of nightly homework and projects is downright ridiculous. There is also the anchors which are completely stupid, and useless. Like I said earlier, all the students here are snobby and spoiled and think they deserve everything, it's really hard to respect any of them when they don't give you the same respect, same goes for most of the teachers.
I am a sophomore, and I believe the school's teachers are alright, but their class policy sucks because if you are in a classroom that has a bad teacher and class, you HAVE to stay in it for the rest of the year which to me, is a devastating effect on my grades and GPA.
Sierra Vista is a great school in Irvine District and the United States and California!
This school says their athletic programs are good, but in reality, some of the coaches in some athletic programs are really lousy and don't know how to motivate students. In particular, an athletic program which starts with a letter "c", I found the coaching to be very poor, which is pity because the school should really take athletic programs as seriously as their Arts or Music Programs.
Great school that offers students a full dimensional educational experience that goes far beyond academic excellence! Our son who is a freshman has grown tremendously not only in the classroom but also in the athletic field and the symphonic band. While there are couple courses that can use some better equipped teacher, overall NHS has offered our children a great, full dimensional education.
No words to describe about Northwood High School Academic Performance. It is simply Astonishing and two thumbs up.
I am a junior. Although the instruction and counseling are decent and the material not too challenging, the workload is overwhelming. It would easily rival (or outrival) that of Asian countries. For so much work, the test scores are still not as impressive as Uni High. Also, the honors students are arrogant and intolerant. An elitist attitude prevails, and the honors students ridicule the non-honors students. Basically, they are ardent believers of survival of the fittest. Worse yet, the school is rigidly structured, limiting opportunities for non-honors students but maximizing those for honors students. There is also a lot of ethnic tension between different groups of Asian students.Furthermore, the students are hostile towards conservative politics. So if you are a non-honors/conservative student, expect to be utterly suppressed.
I'm currently a freshman at NHS, and it is the best experience I could ever ask for. I'm taking both honors and non-honors classes, but the teachers genuinely want to prepare you for a sucessful future. There are tons of clubs to choose from during lunch, and the campus is breathtaking. We have 45 minutes twice a week to ask teachers questions, which is very helpful. I hope this helps!
The school is absolutely breathtaking; building designs, academics (education received), teachers, and even the people roaming the campus. Northwood is a great school where the competition to achieve perfection is well sought throughout each student. Even as its birth since 1999, it has climbed up the ranks and is now situated to be 7th in the top ten best schools in Orange County. Northwood High is a multicultural high school where top-notch students expand their learning in a competitive environment as well as mature and discover their identity through elective classes such arts (visual, performing), business and technology courses, world languages, science/history/social science courses that go beyond core subjects (Horticulture, Psychology, Economics, Anatomy/Physiology, etc), as well as English courses exceed the core subject (Journalism, NHS Howler Newspaper, Speech and Debate, Broadcast Communications, etc), and also our vast range of award-winning sports. Northwood provides an elite education as well as a community filled with students that are motivated, highly determined, welcoming, and admirable.
I'm currently a sophomore at NHS and I love this school. My parents and I moved to Irvine the summer before freshman year and we chose between Northwood High and Uni. I decided I wasn't up for the pressure of Uni and chose Northwood - I'm so glad I did. Though I was new, I quickly made friends. I found that the students were a lot more friendly than those in the city I previously lived in. The academics are stellar at this school. The teachers I had during freshman year were some of the best I've ever had, and the teachers I have right now are awesome too. Northwood High even has 45 minutes twice a week to ask teachers if you need help on anything. However, Northwood High isn't totally academic-focused and also has great extracurriculars. The music programs are great and they offer a ton of clubs, sports, etc. for you to join. I have no regrets about coming here. If you're searching for a good school for your kids look no further!
Northwood promotes a very different curriculum which can provide your child with a great education. However the school prefers to polarize its students into two groups: The honors and the regular students. If your child is placed in the lower bracket, good luck. Most of the teacher's teach the curriculum as if the student was in the honors classes. Also the math program as Northwood high school is atrocious. The books focus on concepts, but they have very little in the way of actual problems, so it is challenging for students to learn the basics and practice the basics. The Integrated science program also has serious issues. On paper, it sounds like a great idea. Students explore the various fields of science so they can see what they are interested. In reality, majority of students are confused because they do not learn enough of any one concept. So if your child is really smart and is part of the Gate program, they will probably benefit from the difficult course load. If you consider your child normal, your child will find the school very challenging and become frustrated with courses. I gave it a ranking of 3 starts: 5 for advanced students, 1 for normal students.
We've had three very different children who have attended Northwood High School, and it is an awesome place for each of them! Academics, athletics, and arts all excel at Northwood! If you are looking for a wonderful place to send your children, look no further.
I have gone to school here for 4 years, and this school is an amazing school compared to all previous schools I have attended. It is a safe environment, and offers everyone a chance to pursue whatever passion they hold. Attend this school, it will be worth it in the long run.
The advisement program breaks a large school (over 2,000) into a smaller and more intimate community.
Northwood HS placed more students in Ivy League Schools than any other public high school in the US. Rated best public school in 'The OC.' Great staff. Upper middle immigrated professionals move to Irvine to get their children to this school. The academics and music programs dwarf sports and normal high school student life. The school is, however, surprisingly weak in science education per its' robotic adherence to CA's poorly designed public school frosh/soph 'integrated science' mandate.
This school is just great i am a junior that transfered from Uni and Northwood is way better. The classes are much more challenging than Uni. Pretty soon this school is going to be the best in the city. The teachers and staff are also great. teachers teach about things you use in real life not just the stuff out of the book. I love this school!!!!
I love Northwood! its one of the best schools in the city, and anyone should take their chances to come here. The academics are amazing, and the music programs are out of this world. Sports are good but could be better, like the schools dirt track, but that's a money issue from the city. Almost every teacher is amazing, with the exception of about 2. They all help out immensely and the two tutorials a week give the kids a chance to either catch up on their homework or go to a class for individual help. The blocked schedules give students a chance to get an extra day on homework so they can ask for help if they don't understand it. The school is possibly the nicest in the city, with a central court yard that almost all the kids hang out at. Overall, its the best school.
I am dissappointed in northwood H.S I'm a student that just transfered there and it just stinks. I heard I was supposed to take a entrance exam or math and english for placement since I was from out of the state and i didn't. The teachers arent very structured. I understand that NHS is supposed to be one of the top high schools in Irvine but besides the education there isn't very much. The counslers aren't any help with credits and advice.
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