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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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