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9-12 & Ungraded
Public district
Las Vegas, NV
Students enrolled: 1,953

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8200 W. Tropical Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89149

(702) 799-4640
(702) 799-4644
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January 21, 2015
I really enjoy NW and my daughter loves it overall, but over the past few months of my daughter's freshman year, she has been blatantly disrespected ridiculed and mainly because of the color of her skin. I am at a loss for words that kids can be so nasty. I awaiting a return call from the Dean's Office and will update here. It has become to the point where my daughter does not want to come to school. My daughter has stood strong all this time and it is to the point now where she is being affected by this. SO hopefully, the school can rectify this situation as this has gone on long enough and the parents should be notified.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2015
Very disappointed by the quality of the students. Extremely rude, and honestly not that intelligent.

- submitted by a student
November 27, 2014
I am very disappointed in the lack of professionalism in the administration team at NWCTA. The school does NOT put kids first..... They are inconsistent with expectations and goals for the students to reach. The inconsistency promotes a chaotic environment. The school has definately gone down hill.....

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2014
Northwest CTA is an incredible school. Beautiful campus, incredible teachers and specified classes. To the last reviewer...my experience and the experience of everyone else who has reviewed has been worthy of 5 stars. If you have been angry because you couldn't complain about your teachers (!), this is clearly your problem, because this school is amazing.

- submitted by a student
May 03, 2014
I came to this school with the intention to push myself rigorously. Over the years, the school has changed drastically. I've had the most passionate teachers. With the new administration change, these teachers are trying to find jobs elswhere, and it makes me sad to see the best leave over the uptight conservative rules of the administration. I used to have the passionate teachers that pushed you to open your mind, but now most of my teachers consist of the typical "Im here for the paycheck." Im sick and tired of busy work and the lack of freedom to criticize the administration and teachers. Everytime I point out a flaw in the school, the administration doesn't listen. No wonder why we have scandals that end up on the news every year. I demmand to see change but I know that im just a student and can't change anything because that is how the admin wants you to feel.

- submitted by a community member
April 17, 2014
Northwest upholds strict adherence to the rules and policies of the school. This means that the students who go here really want to be here. The teachers, likewise choose to be at this school. When these factors are coupled together the results are an ability to aggressively teach past the standards to academic excellence. My daughter actually enjoys going to school each day making learning easier and more enjoyable. I would however, advise staying actively involved in sports and activities at your zoned school because this is the area where Northwest is deficient. As always, parents must remain interested and involved to avoid pitfalls. There are going to be some negative mixed in with all the good just by way of practical nature in all situations.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2014
I am a parent of a former student, AND a substitute teacher. My daughter and my niece (same age) both attended here all four years, and both graduated, of course. Excellent environment. I am also a substitute teacher. We all know that students think of substitutes as "just a sub." I used to be a teacher assistant, a substitute, and a full time teacher. I've done it all! And I let them know that so that they understand that I'm not some "nobody" off the street. My first substituting experience at the HS level was a couple of weeks ago at NWCTA. I LOVED it! The teacher was organized and left me great instructions and plenty of work. Students were EXTREMELY respectful, mature, and studios ... even at the freshman level! I highly recommend this school for students, AND teachers.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
I love this school! This is my freshman year for engineering program and all I can say is all the upper classman are the nicest people ever! You don't have to worry about cliques in the mornings or lumches. Everyone is all spread out and having a good time. This school is challenging but what do you expect from a magnet school? They give you lots of homework, but it is simple, just time consuming. I learn a lot and all the teachers are so nice and help you in any way. They put students before themselves. All the teachers really act like they like teaching. They don't act annoyed or bored of their job. All I can say is if you are applying for the 9th grade year and you make it, you don't have to worry about drama or bullying at all.This school is awesome and fun with the programs and clubs! Highly recommended.

- submitted by a community member
October 10, 2013
NWCTA is an amazing school for the motivated student and parent. We have been excited to finally see our child be challenged to learn in ways she had not previously been. Love the school!

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2013
NorthWest is a wonderful School. This up coming school year I will be a junior. I'm very excited to start my junior year because of how much this school really challenges me. I'm always being challenged even in my classes that are not honors. Coming into this school as a freshman I didn't know how hard I would have to work to get good grades. But if your willing to work hard and take the school and the classes seriously, you'll succeed. The teachers are great. There are a few that really are just straight up horrible. But overall I love this school. I'm glad I'm going here, and I wouldn't have it any other way. If you are thinking about coming here next year please work hard, take this school seriously, always try your hardest and never give up. Even though some of the students look like they dont care, they really do. But some don't. This schools students really care about their academics. They don't take lightly to slackers and people who don't care. This school will put so much pressure on you. Be prepared to be pushed and slammed on the ground with all the work you have to do. But, trust me, it's not hard, it's just a lot of work that is so worth doing. Have fun being a hawk!!!

- submitted by a student
June 28, 2013
My school is not only a place to learn but a place to lead, a place to make memories, and a place to start changing the world. The knowledge I have gained in the last 4 years has driven me to want to become something bigger than I ever thought possible. I know that I will be able to change the world because my school and my teachers never let me forget that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.

- submitted by a student
October 28, 2012
I am a senior this year and i've rated my school every year. I have never given less than 5 stars. Northwest is more than just a school, its my home. The students are not just my friends but my family. The teachers and staff are not just that, they are my mentors. There are not enough words to express how i feel about my school so i will just leave it off by saying it is definitely 5 star worthy.

- submitted by a student
October 25, 2012
My daughter loves this school. She was a bit intimidated when she started as a freshman, but the existing students were all very welcoming. The student body looks out for one another. Teachers go above and beyond for their students. This school also has many great programs.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2012
NWCTA is simply a gem. It has one of the most phenomenal records of any school ( Stats/Report here http://schools.ccsd.net/nwcta/2010-2011%20School%20Accountability%20Report.pdf ) and truly serves as a safe learning facility. I recommend taking a tour of the campus to see how clean and welcoming the school is on a daily basis. It is too difficult to convey the attitude seen across NWCTA through text. 5/5

- submitted by a student
March 04, 2012
Would like updates about the school Son really wants to attend he is starting middle school next year

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2012
This is a good school, but they need to stop shoving their "Healthy Hawks" programs down our throats. The changes they're making to get us to live a "healthy lifestyle" is nauseating , and most of the students complain about it because it really is unnecessary.

- submitted by a student
December 04, 2011
I love Northwest so much, I honestly can't even explain it. The teachers really care about you, the school is very well-kept, all of the students treat you with respect, and you feel empowered to learn more and more every day. Honestly, I'd live there if I could. It's just... great.

- submitted by a student
June 20, 2011
My school has great teachers, great administration, great students, and great support staff. The teachers are concerned with all of the students and stay after school and come before school in order to help students reach their full potential. The teachers and above qualified. We have the best in the business. The students are there to learn. Most of the students are motivated and are concerned about their education. This is my senior year and I can honestly say that it has been a privledge to spend my high school years at such an amazing school.

- submitted by a student
June 10, 2011
While nearly all teachers at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy are excellent (constantly going above and beyond the call of duty in order to support their students and really help them engage in learning), the same cannot always be said for the rest of the schools staff- namely the administration- who often times seem more concerned with keeping the school tidy and winning trophies than with the happiness and growth of the students. It would seem that in the pursuit of excellence, the reality of the students who attend the school, and how comfortable or happy they feel there, has been over looked. All the awards in the world won't make students look forward to school and learning if they are only valued for how good they might make the school look.

- submitted by a community member
May 08, 2011
This school is truly the best in Las Vegas. The difficulty far surpasses any public school and the programs are amazing. The staff, students and classes add up to create the perfect storm of learning!

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2011
Im going to be as honest as i can be. Northwest is truely an amazing place. I love all the teachers, and all of the staff. Every student who attends is attending for a reason so everyone has goals, dreams, and aspirations. Im zoned for canyon springs and honestly i wouldnt no what to do if i went there. The fact that northwest is classy and not trashy like so many high schools in the valley makes me appreciate every second thst i attend, and how i was accelted over hundreds that applied but failed to be accepted. Words alone cant express how wonderful my school is and all of the learning is top notch with the best and newest technology. Right now im a sophmore and every student has a great quality. Every one is helpful and this school is easily 100 stars out of 5.

- submitted by a student
no rating April 24, 2010
The teachers are there for the students, and to help them get a jump start on college. If there was ever a problem you could always contact the teacher and talk to them about it. The other good thing is that they have to update all the grades weekly on the website for the parents to see, that keeps parents informed of all the grades that are good and bad. Also please note this is not a private school, this is a Las Vegas public school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 30, 2010
I go to NWCTA. The school is beautiful. The teacher are nice and will gladly help with you if you don't understand something. Most of them stay after school and will let you come to their class so that they can help you with your work. The kids their are nice. Nobody pushes each other down the stairs. They hold the doors open for each other. So far as long as I've been here there hasn't been a fight. The classes are challenging and they help you towards what you want to be. Their are classes that you can take that are specifically for your future career.

- submitted by a student
January 28, 2010
NWCTA is a fantastic school that offers more than just advanced classes. This school prepares you for life after highschool so you can take you college career and job career into the next level. Teachers at NWCTA are hands-on educators that know what they're doing. Education and learning is a huge part of this school's reputation. The best part about it, the kids that go here care about their grades and well-being. It's a safe environment and with a productive attitude. As a parent, i want the absolute best for my child, and Northwest Career and Technical Academy offers that very thing.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
It's a very nice huge school. It's brand new so its very clean. The students are very respectful and caring. There is no fights of any sort.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 18, 2009
My school is the best we have the best teachers and students in the Clark County School District.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Best teachers with outstanding backgrounds and experience, small classes, top of the line equipment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 15, 2009
The staff and administrators are very laid back and they discipline us very well. They also know how to keep the school clean and safe. We hardly have any fights, or any of the things that would happen in a normal high school. NWCTA has a terrific learning environment with anamazing &helpful staff

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2009
This is an excellent school, it is very comfortable for the students there, it is also very easy to make friends. The teachers are very nice and always make sure you are doing what you should be doing. Overall it is awesome

- submitted by a student
July 31, 2009
Will not disappoint. This school should not be ignored. It has so many opportunities and is a once in a life time experience.

- submitted by a student
July 24, 2009
Northwest is a great school to go to. I will be a junior next year. I'm in the Culinary Arts program. Its great to be apart of this wonderful school and it helps prepare you for the opportunities ahead. I love my classes and everyone wants to see you succeed as well as will do anything they can to help you. The students there really want to do good and we all help each other as much as possible. Its hard sometimes because the teacher's expectations are very high of you but I wouldn't want it any other way.

- submitted by a student
October 15, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 16, 2008
This is an excellent school. The education is challenging . The teaching philosophy is problem-based learning. It has a professional environment. The different program areas geared high school kids towards their career goals. The campus is new, big, clean and eco friendly.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2008
This school is the best of all Las Vegas high schools (in my opinion). It has a very clean, beautiful, and HUGE campus. I'm starting there in a few days as a 9th grader for the bio-med program they have there. The teachers are great and there are quite a few clubs. Also NWCTA ranked as the number one magnet school in Las Vegas.

- submitted by a student

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Northwest Career & Technical Academy
8200 W. Tropical Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV  89149
(702) 799-4640
Last modified Northwest Career & Technical Academy is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Northwest Career & Technical Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top