NW is an average school but has the potential to be great. The majority teachers try there best to educate the students. Many teachers not only teach, they act as parent figures, help students financially, donate clothing, and encourage emotionally challenged students. The major issue I found however, as a former teacher/staff member, teachers cannot teach because they are too busy disciplining. A teacher has to call security, then it takes about 30 minutes of class time to settle the students and write an incident report, wasting valuable lesson time. Additionally, there are little to no consequences for students that act out and fight in the classroom. Students may get suspended for a day or two for there actions but laugh it off as a few days vacation. Many teachers endure disrespectful swearing, and some are scared and intimidated. Many kids walk the hallways with sagging pants disrupting other class rooms. I believe the leadership at NW truly means well, however there is a serious disciplinary problem that needs to be fixed. Some security at the school are more like friends with the students instead of disciplinarians. Fix this problem and this school will be great.
- submitted by a community member
August 30, 2010
As a former student of Northwestern and might I add GRADUATE. I must say yes the school needs some work but overall it is a great school. Everyone is so hard on the teachers but in their defense they can only do so much. The main complaint I had was I found it unfair that because there were students in the class that didn't want to learn, the teachers couldnt give that one on one attention. Lastly, I would like to add, to the students and parents that complain about the school, you can help improve the conditions by participating or volunteering, after all it is your school and if you don't take pride in this school how can you expect anyone else to.??Teamwork and communication goes a long way.
- submitted by a student
February 22, 2008
As a parent, I am very displeased with the overall atmosphere and learning environment of Northwestern High School. Due to their extreme overcrowding, the safety of the school has declined tremendously. A child of mine was robbed right out in front of the school. The administrators have no idea how to operate a school effectively and the counselors are utterly impossible to contact. Since, my children have begun attending Northwestern, their academics have declined and their behaviors have been influenced and compromised. The only positive aspect about Northwestern is their teachers. Most of the teachers that comprise Northwestern are genuine people with a true passion for teaching. I commend the teachers for their hardwork and dedication but I am sorry that I cannot say the same for the administrators that run the school.
- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2005
As a former student, the education I gained from Northwestern allowed me to gain three degrees including a master s degree from an Ivy League School. If you're a middle school student considering the Big Three (Cass, King, and Renn) you could be a star at Northwestern. Students that work hard attract the attention of dedicated faculty and staff. The school offers special college prep programs that are peerless.
- submitted by a student
December 10, 2004
If you live in Detroit and you want your child to recieve a quality education. You should send them to Northwestern, they have the only planetarium on this side of the state. The have two libraries (regular and science). The teachers are well educated and know there material. These teachers will prepare you child for college. I am an alummi of the big N.O. and I must say that they have prepared me for college. In fact the only difference between the big three and northwestern is the caliber of the students thats all.
- submitted by a student
October 16, 2004
This school is decent the reson way I say this is because its downs outway is ups the school is not in the best shape the bathrooms are the pits the carpet in the classrooms are the pits and when you want to know the time the clocks is only good one time during the day but for the most part the teachers are very smart thay do there best to help you with your needs the principal is how can I say there well some times only time you rely see hem active is on count day so if you live in detroit and you want you kid to have a decent euducation come to Northwestern.
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