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Northwestern Sr High School

Public | 9-12 | 558 students


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Posted May 5, 2011

I have experience working at many different school corporations throughout the state of Indiana. Northwestern High School is by far the best system I have ever had the privilege to be a part of. The staff and the administration are extremely dedicated, making sure their students are as prepared as they can be for college and life. Not only does this school create a positive learning environment, but the classes are challenging. I have never seen a school that challenges their students as much as Northwestern. The bar is set very high, and the students consistently and proudly reach it. As a faculty, Northwestern teachers and administration expect a lot from the students, and for the most part, the students perform at the level expected. Discipline, when needed, is handled professionaly and firmly. At the same time, these teachers are given the freedom to be caring and understanding in their classrooms - preferring to deal with issues in class rather than take other measures. I am proud to have served as a teacher at Northwestern, and I will take the memory of leadership, dedication, responsiblity, and creativity with me for the rest of my career. -formerly Ms. Reynolds

Posted December 21, 2009

We are grandparents of two Northwestern Senion High School students. Northwestern (K-12) is a top-quality school. I have been very impressed with the quality of leadership from the outstanding administration and teachers. They set high standards for the students and the students show respect toward them. The academic programs require hard work and discipline, but the students are motivated to learn and are performing well. We recently attended the Christmas Band Concert which was very good!! We have heard from other parents of students in years past who attended Northwestern, and they too, brag on how great the Northwestern Schools are. Keep up the good work. Don and Janet Connelly

Posted April 11, 2008

Northwestern is one of the best schools in Indiana. #1 Science School in Indiana, Blue Ribbon School, 4 star school, and highest SAT scores in the area, Beat that ! Also extremely difficult classes and teachers, these kids are prepared for college!
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 23, 2004

There is a large variation in how the students are treated. If a student cares about a class, the teacher will care about him. If he doesn't care, the teacher doesn't care either. Some teachers are of poorer quality, but some teachers are very excellent. There is a bit of a drug problem, and the students are known for their wild partying on the weekends. Of course, coaches look the other way when these problems arise.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 6, 2003

Too much of a difference in how children are treated. The wealthy and popular aren't punished for things while the others are picked on. A rule at the school is if the parent of a student works or is affiliated with the school then the student doesn't have to be punished. I've worked as a sub for the school and have heard the negligent comments made by the teachers in back rooms and lounges. Too many students falling through the cracks. It's sad!
—Submitted by a parent

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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.








Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 48% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for English was 76% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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About the tests

In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".

About the tests

Indiana uses the A through F School Grading System to assess the overall performance of a school. For the 2011-2012 school year, schools were graded based on performance and participation levels in state standardized tests and student growth using the Indiana Growth Model. In addition, high schools were graded on four-year (on-time) graduation rates and college and career readiness indicators including Advanced Placment exam results and industry certification exam results.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

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1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISTEP and End of Course Assessment results.

2 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of graduates taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

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1Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, National Student Clearinghouse, 2011-2012
2Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2011-2012
3Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2010-2011
* Of those that went to Indiana public postsecondary institutions

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 72%
Hispanic 3% 10%
Multiracial 3% 4%
American Indian 1% 0%
Asian 1% 2%
Black 1% 12%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 19%N/A46%
Special education 9%N/A14%
English learners 0%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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3431 County Road N 400 West
Kokomo, IN 46901
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