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Northwood High School

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Posted October 24, 2012

Northwood is a very nice school. It offers many programs including medical, technology, and law. They say there is many gangs ,but to be honest thats not true. just because this school is located near Langley Park doesnt mean it had a lot of gangs its not a bad school! I am currently a junior I graduate 2014. I recomend this school! I remeber when I was chosing this school they said there was alot of bullying , but theres not, I mean in every school there is but here it depends who you mess with. I remeber my parents were scared to let me come here but in the end they were satisfied and relieved knowing that its not a bad school. I recomend it for any incoming 9th graders. I give this school a 5 star rating.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 16, 2012

Northwood is a fantastic school! My friend was going here and so I decided to go. The teachers are really foccussed on me as a person and what I can do to bring my grades up. I love the way my gym class is because the coach is hard on us to stay in shape. I love Northwood!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 5, 2010

I'm so happy Northwood reopened. I graduated in 1978. My daughter is now a freshman and loves the school. I have great communication with teachers and they respond quickly. Great after school programs and the AVID is an awesome program to get students ready for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2010

Lunches are too long because they focus on diversity, and once that is established, the academic standards are lowered from the lack of requirements given to the students. What else do they have but 'pride' in sports and.. well, of course, diversity..?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2010

The school has poor administration. There are alwyas lots of teachers leave the school every year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2009

Northwood is a really diverse school. it focuses mainly on academic and sports. also there are a lot of great teachers who go out of their way to make sure you do well in school,
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 30, 2009

Northwood High School is a small high school in a large Maryland suburban county outside Washington, D.C. The administration, staff, and students are like a large family. If a student needs help, it is there. Very positive environment with a lot of community involvement. Could not find a better school with smaller classes for my ADD student. Teachers are very receptive to e-mails and respond promptly! Good variety of special academies for students with special interest like law enforcement, music, drama, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2009

Northwood has a huge alumni following. After being closed for 24 years it reopened and my son was in the first graduating class. My husband and myself and our brothers and sisters all graduated from Northwood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2009

Great teachers and programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

Outstanding theater program and top-notch academics!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2009

for the area, it's a decent school. the school itself isnt amazing or anything but personally i really like it. its the type of school that if your child has the means to succeed (they do their work, go to class, respect the rules, etc) they will. for instance, northwood has a great many ap courses available, the best technology program in maryland (im not exaggerating), and many other diverse options. for instance, if your interested in film, there are video production and appreciation classes as as well as the film club. the only set back is the below average sports teams. i played on several and the coaches are good, but still in soccer games and track meets we dont compare to other montgomery county schools. its probably because the school reopened only 5 years ago
—Submitted by a 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.

343 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
75%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

342 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
78%
English II

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

351 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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 43% 12%
Black 29% 35%
White 20% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 6%
Two or more races 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 43%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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919 University Blvd West
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Phone: (301) 649-8088

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