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1415 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC 28216

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August 24, 2014
I am a graduate of the class of 2015 and I must say I am very impressed with this school! It's arts classes are among the best in the county. And I am always impressed by the great diversity of the school. Now the academics are not always the best, but comparatively speaking they are very good for CMS. That being said, if your child is not very interested in the arts, performing arts, music, or dance they might not enjoy it as much since there is emphasis placed on the arts. But overall, it is still a pretty good school academically, and with it's arts program and communities it's among the best in the state! However, be for a long commute if you live far from the school. Or plan on using the shuttle bus system if that is not possible.

- submitted by a student
August 16, 2014
I've been a student at NWSA since 6th grade and will be graduating with the class of 2015 from NWSA. My overall experience at this school has been a journey. The staff is so hilarious/diverse and welcoming of each and every student. This is the school any child/teen should go to if they want to perfect their art. Somehow and someway the academic staff can always find a way to incorporate a students art into academics. We all get a huge amount of opportunities to become professionals at what we love to do. If you send you kid to this marvelous school, you will not regret it. Northwest is simply the BEST!

- submitted by a student
July 19, 2014
This is a very diverse and cultured place! Many different kinds of people and personalities. Core classes are good, but could be improved. Arts classes are EXCELLENT! Band is my major and we are still growing, but each individual has phenominal musical abilities! Theater programs have had some tallented actors/actresses! NWSA won 9 out of the 12 blumey awards in 2014 (BEST MUSICAl, Best actor, best actress, Best supporting actor, Best supporting actress, Best featured preformer, Best overall direction, Best ensemble/chorus, Best choreography execution.) Ms.Saigon in london this year is staring a NWSA 2014 graduate. Many other major accomplishments have been made by NWSA students! Overall great school!

- submitted by a student
February 21, 2014
This is in rebuttle to the post below. This is clearly false information and is slanderous to the school. If this person truly knew anything about NWSA, they would know that the middle school has a very strong theater department. All someone has to do, is pick up a monthly school calender or view the calender online. NWSA also provides opportunities outside of the school to help students in middle and high school further their theater career. The school has a rigorous and challenging academic program which may be what this person is chaffing at. There is a great blend of academics and art which is a rare find in today's public schools. And the teachers that I have come in contact with are passionate about their students.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2014
I hate this school Ive been going there all through middle school (three years) and now I cringe at the thought of going there... I hate even thinking about this school. In middle school there is rarely any shows or performances that are filled with middle school students. It seems that they only focus on high school students. Middle school just seems to stay in the background. I will admit this school was fun but just for a little while, after the first year, the school seemed to gradually become more and more annoying. I'm in eighth grade so I can not WAIT to get out of here FOREVER!! I have to go there tomorrow anyone please SAVE ME!!!!

- submitted by a community member
February 05, 2014
I am interested in transferring my child to this school from NYC. So far it seems to be a pretty good school. Good reviews!

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2013
I have a 7th and a 8th grader in NWSA. It is a great School. I would recommend this school to any parents that want to see their child/children succeed in Art.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2012
I also have a sixth grader at this school and so far I have been nothing but impressed. The audition process was very easy and smooth. The open house we attended over the summer was very informative and I was very impressed with the sixth grade team. The communication has been fantastic and I feel like they are really helping my daughter get a great start to middle school. My daughter really enjoys her classes and the teachers are willing to go the extra mile to make sure she succeeds. I have no doubt that she will succeed academically and artistically. Yes the commute is long on the bus but I have had no problem dropping her off in the morning.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2012
I have 6th grader in this school and I find the school quite disappointing! we heard so many good things about the school but I find this school opposite of what we heard. I think most of the problem is the district running out of money to fund a lot of the programs. And many teachers have left due to same reasons. The school is very disorganized and the communication needs desperate improvement. Also there is lack in strong leadership. We just have not been impressed at all with the school. Long commute also make things very difficult.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2012
I love reading all the good feed backs on how great the school is. I'm currently moving from up north to the south this summer. Looking for a great school for my 13 yr old. She loves to dance and this is what we are looking for. Something to keep her on the right path for her education. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2012
I havent started high school yet but when i do go to NWSA i hope i'll have a great time there! im gonna be in drama and im really looking forward to it! NWSA HERE I COME! :D

- submitted by a community member
November 29, 2011
I love RMS because every since I've been there I have been getting good grades like AB honor roll and the teachers there offer tutoring if they think you need it or if you ask. RMS cares.

- submitted by a community member
August 03, 2011
NWSA has a strong theater program. The school has gone through a lot of change. The band program has had three directors in three years. It is a wonderfully accepting place and has great diversity in both the students and faculty. However the organization and communication could be improved.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2010
The school provides an arts education with accomplished arts professionals, and also is strong in academics. It is a quirky, fun, creative, wonderful place. The teachers come up with all kinds of great, creative ways to mix arts and academics. Since it is a middle and high school, and the only arts school, it is unique. It is also very small and approachable, unlike many of the mega-schools in our area.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2010
I am a senior at NWSA and I've been there since 6th grade. I guess you could say I've seen all sorts of things. Northwest has made me who I am as an individual and an artist. I've gotten many opportunities from teachers doing everything they can for your experience in the real world. I'll admit my senior year is going to be tough because some of our best teachers have either quit or were fired. I know why these people have left but as a student and friend of these teachers I will not say Why. I've heard many rumors NW will close in 2012 but until then I hpoe people can realize that even though NW is not as it used to be, its still a magical place:)

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 27, 2010
My 8th grader at NW hasnt had a math teacher for 3/4 of the year.......all subs.....8th grade is a critical year with EOG and EOC.....I have had to hire a tutor at my own expense to make sure that my daughter meets the NC expectations.....the school has not showed any concern around this matter.......Let's watch and see the results

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2010
The high school is undergoing changes with the loss of outstanding, dedicated and talented teachers. The 'new' principal lacks leadership. Teacher morale is low. With the loss of these talented teachers, the AP courses will suffer.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
Northwest School of the Arts is the best because you not only have to be smart, but very talented to get in. They really impress on their students just how important education is.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2008
I am an eight grader at nwsa and it is a pretty good school. I was there since the sixth grade and had a excellent drama teacher. But over the years the drama department has really gone down. We need help!

- submitted by a student
September 10, 2008
We have been at NWSA as a family for the past three years. My daughter just started this year and my son is starting his third year of high school. It has been a wonderful experience. This year we have a new principal with an exceptional music background, Dr. Barry Bowe. My son is able to take AP classes, including music theory and calculus,and is focusing on individual performance on his instrument. I am impressed with many of his professors, some with Ph.D.s. I am excited about the focus on increasing excellence in the Music department to match the Choral, Visual Arts and Musical Theatre departments. The school only has about 1200 students in its middle school and high school; it has had no security incidents and it boasts 96% attendance daily. Its SAT and AP scores are among the top in the district. We love Northwest.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2008
I went to this school last year and it is the best! The orchestra here is amazing! The teachers are willing to help you if you need anything. They will actually push you the way that teachers are supposed to

- submitted by a community member
December 18, 2007
My son has attended NWSA for three of his four years of high school. (He tried his neighborhood high school for 11th grade but didn't like it.) The teaching staff at NWSA is generally very good. My biggest complaint with NWSA is the lack of administrative of support for instrumental music. The band and orchestra programs have struggled for years, and the decline seems to be getting worse. There aren't enough students for full instrumentation and the music is not challenging. My daughter attends a neighborhood high school and the instrumental program is much stronger there. I wish the band and orchestra program at NWSA was a strong as the choral program, musical theatre program and visual arts program.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
My daughter is now in the 8th grade and started at Northwest School of the Arts in the 6th grade. I am pleased with the school's academic focus as well as the opportunity for her to focus on her special talents and interests. The staff has been very responsive to concerns and provide continuous updates on my child's performance. I was concerned with the older grades, however, I have not had any issues with her being surrounded by older kids. Being able to focus on her special talents has increased her self esteem and confidence tremendously.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2006
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- submitted by a student
July 04, 2006
My daughter, a rising junior, came to Northwest as a 7th grader. At Northwest she found the place where her talents and educational needs could be met by a talented, caring staff. Academic programs are of high quality, often with small class size which allows for more individualized attention. Arts classes in visual and performing arts allow students to explore talents that they might not have had an opportunity to otherwise. Staff is talented and caring, often staying after school for tutoring, and always available by email or phone. What I truly appreciate about them is their ability to instill in our children a love for lifelong learning. Administration is always available and willing to help in any way they can. Student population is diverse and my interaction with them has always been positive. One area I think we could improve is parental involvement. We need to find new ways to reach out.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2006
NorthWest is a wonderful school that offers many unique classes. Departments like Dance,Chorus,Art,Drama,and Piano offer serious students the chance to enjoy themsleves, explore their talents and passions, as well as learning new things everyday.Also, there are departments like Photo, drawing,band/orchestra,fashion design,computer,jewlery, and sculpture. The academics are great to- the english department in particular is terrific. There is no sports team, but the arts sufice nicly.

- submitted by a student
January 17, 2006
We were so excited to have our 7th grader start at NWSA in 2005 & she initially was delighted to attend. She still loves the school and we as her parents appreciate the academics and opportunities here, but she does not want to go here next year. I'm sad to say that there is a huge lack of moral support for one who may be considered 'conservative'. Our daughter previosly attended Alexander Middle, likes NWSA better as far as the school goes, but struggles with the student body at NWSA vs. Alexander. She sees more fights at NWSA and has been bullied concerning 'racial' issues.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2005
This school ranks high in teacher availability for parent and for students. Tutoring is available every day. Teachers have email which they check more than once a day and even respond! they use the schoolnotes.Com page to keep everyone updated on homework and events. There is a group that keeps all parents informed of entire school events and needs. The principal is always available and is seen in the hallways. The school is kept clean. No problems except the front office staff which is unprofessional and non-helpful. I have kids at north meck and the ones at nwsa are far better off educationally, socially, etc.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2004
I am the proud grandparent of 2 N.W. students. They are both very talented, one in music, the other in art. The teachers and principal are supportive, and encourage the students to make the best use of their talents. One thing I noticed: the kids are supportive of each other, and admire each others' talents and achivements. Everyone seems to get along. I rate this school 5 stars.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2004
This is a performing arts Magnet school. If your child is creative or can sing, dance, draw, scuplt etc. You want to go to this school. My daughter loves it and the people that teach and go there. It is excellent.

- submitted by a parent

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Northwest School Of The Arts
1415 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC  28216
(980) 343-5500
Last modified Northwest School Of The Arts is a Public school that serves grades 6-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Northwest School Of The Arts Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top