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Northwestern High School

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Posted May 18, 2013

it is a good school and you will enjoy your self every much when you get their
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 25, 2011

Northwestern might not be the perfect school, but its near perfect ! school is clean, have many things for students with dissabilities. some teachers are strict but do a great job in teacher. This school is RECOMMENDABLE !
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 16, 2011

I noticed that a lot of people posted for this school a long while ago. My son was attacked in this school and is still being threatened with bodily harm by the same attackers. At first the school was telling us that they were going to take care of everything. Now, months later the attackers are still in the school, my son feels like the school cares nothing for him. Even though every single day he goes to the teachers, counselors and principal letting them know that they have brought guns and other weapons to school and it seems to go on deaf ears. A lot of the students have said that there are gangs in this school, but once asked about what they are going to do about the gangs and the only response that I was given was they (the gangs) need education too .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

excuse me too everyone who is bring negative vibes to NWHS... it is not a bad school the kids are just hyper on school spirit.. i personally go there and teachers help me and the jim henson program is the best performin arts program(besides suitland) and i think parents should get more involved with that specific progam.... And for theremoreour school district needs help in general...
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 4, 2009

I moved from laurel hs and i would say it much better here. Teachers are friendly the students are sometimes alright the school has spirit though some rules about uniform aren't greatly enforced
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 4, 2009

i have been observing the school and notes afew thingsthe staff is great and principal enforces the rules but some kids don't obey them like Uniforms. am greatly against uniforms but i think it saves money. in my year kids have school spirit . Kids also play too much (out of good conduct) but they are cool
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 14, 2009

I really agree with this person. When I want to speak to a guidance teacher no one answers the phone. When i plan a teacher conference, half of the teachers did't get the information in time to have the meeting or just does'nt care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2008

There are so many things that I can say are wrong with this school. I currently attend, but not for long. I have had the misfortune to spend almost 3 years there, and I am not satisfied at all with the administration (terrible. they do not care). the teachers (who need more people skills, as well as more education themselves), the uniform policy which seriously does more harm than good (they see it as; wear uniform or don't come at all & they have all these specifications- ie; no Dickies, those are the cheapest uniform pants), and the overcrowding is just ridiculous- it is too many kids there which also conflicts with the education process. On the other hand, i really do think that the principal is really doing his best- but he really needs to check his administrative staff & his teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 6, 2008

I am a senior at Northwestern High School and I will say that the school have excellent teachers and staff that care about students more than anything. Excellent clubs or extra curricular activities that make Northwestern the best school in PG County. The school is pretty big inside and outside in a safe enviroment. Students at the school want to learn new things everyday and we are the first school that started the uniform policy that make a good transition to other schools in PG County. This my first year at this school and I have seen alot of graffitti in the hallway and the school got some ghetto people in there that don't know what to do. Many people skipping class during lunch or class and the sercurity don't even care. Many students wear out of uniform that disobey the dress code of the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 26, 2007

I am a recent graduate of Northwestern High School, and can honestly say that the school has prepared me to make a good transition into college, with vast AP courses and the learning from the teachers. I has the privliage to become involved in numerous activities throughout my four years, which in my senior year alone I was inthe SGA,Prom Committee,F.B.L.A.,BETA club, Choir, and many other activities offered at the school. Equality and respect will not be shown but experienced with the atmosphere of the shool. All in all i highly recommend this school and i am proud to say that i am a graduate of the wonderful establishment.


Posted June 3, 2006

i am currently a student at northwestern high school and i believe that northwestern is a good school but has the potential to be an excellent school. Many teachers are dedicated and many are not(which there is no excuse for) as well as students. Northwestern offers alot of extracurricular activites and excellent programs so you can excell greatly in this schoo.I as well as others are unhappy about the uniform policy because it makes absolutely no difference in the academic performance of our school.but overall Northwestern high school is a very good school
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 28, 2006

I recently moved to hyattsville and have toured north western. It's beautiful. However, i am concern with the lack of commitment, pride and drive from the teachers and parents. The teachers have no backbone or authority. The parents are worse. Most parents believe their children are saints. They are not! the last thing an under paid over worked teacher need is an uncooperative parent.(Some not all) there are also double standards in the school that frankly send the wrong message to the students and fuel their rage. 'Girls can bring their kids to school and guys can be on house arrest and still attend school, but i wear the wrong color shoes, pants or shirt i can get suspended? That doesn't make any sense to me and nobody will explain it to us.' Keisha (11th grader) she has a good point! over all not perfect but by far not the worse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2005

I am a parent and I think this school really needs alot of help. Some of the teachers are just horrible and they do not care about some of the students. I like the uniform policy it saves a lot of money in my pocket and wear and tear on their clothes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2005

I am not a parent, I am currently attending Northwestern(2006) and I think that it is ok. But they have this uniform poilcy now, and its messing up the curriculum of the school. they say that it is getting you prepared for life. how can you be prepared if you are not there. they suspend you if your shoes are not a solid color, that is foolish.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 4, 2004

Northwestern is a very good school. I graduated from there 2004, although I feel it needs some little improvement to make it better. But overall it is an excellent school. Northwestern also has a great range of subjects to choose from, so whatever you think you want to specialize in, Northwestern is likely to offer the course.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 26, 2004

Northwestern High School is quite a fine school. The physical building is great, with the most up to date technology. The school has some of the best and brightest science teachers in the county. All varsity sports are offered, and Northwestern ranks top 10 in the metro area in some of them. The school has a highly touted English department, and vastly improved drama and yearbook programs. The television production program is highly rated, and has sent many of its graduates to fine universities. The best aspect of the school is that there is a core dedicated group of students who achieve highly. The school is also located in a very nice neighborhood. Northwestern definitely gets my recommendation, as its a great place to send your kids.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 5, 2003

I am currently enrolled at northwestern and I feel it is an ok school to attend. For the other person to comment on the teachers I feel that is so invalid because yes some of the teachers sre straight out of high schooll but most are not. I am an AP and TAG studdent and I have some of the best teachers in the building but all the teachers are not the same yes some teach more than others but overall Northwestern is a fine schoo for your child or children to attend.


Posted August 10, 2003

I'm not a parent I was a past student class of 2002. my mother was never in anything like she was at my private school nor were the teachers any good cause they came straight out of college but the extracurricular activities were nice
—Submitted by a former student


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

Grade level

Algebra

The state average for Algebra was 84% in 2013.

465 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
78%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

468 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
71%
English II

The state average for English II was 83% in 2013.

471 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
78%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

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In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) to test students in English 2, Algebra, and Biology upon completion of each course. The HSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. Students are required to pass the tests in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 51% 12%
Black 42% 35%
White 3% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 65%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Drama

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  • Cheerleading

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7000 Adelphi Rd
Hyattsville, MD 20782
Phone: (301) 985-1820

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