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Northwest School Of The Arts

Public | 6-12 | 953 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted 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


Posted February 6, 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!!!!


Posted February 5, 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!


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted September 7, 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


Posted May 3, 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


Posted 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.


Posted August 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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:)


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted September 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted July 4, 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


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
71%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2011.

123 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students30%
Female28%
Male39%
Black21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students33%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English31%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant30%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female58%
Male64%
Black57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities10%
Non-disabled students63%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English60%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant59%
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students45%
Female48%
Male35%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial40%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities11%
Non-disabled students50%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English46%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant45%
Academically gifted82%

Reading

All Students62%
Female62%
Male62%
Black52%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial70%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities22%
Non-disabled students68%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%
Academically gifted88%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students54%
Female53%
Male59%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities10%
Non-disabled students58%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English54%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant54%
Academically gifted91%

Reading

All Students66%
Female69%
Male50%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities20%
Non-disabled students70%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Academically gifted-95%

Science

All Students66%
Female66%
Male64%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities30%
Non-disabled students69%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Academically gifted-95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 36% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
93%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 46% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%
English II

The state average for English II was 51% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 82% in 2011.

129 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
67%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2012.

128 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
92%
Civics and Economics

The state average for Civics and Economics was 80% in 2011.

130 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%
English I

The state average for English I was 83% in 2012.

132 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 77% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
United States History

The state average for United States History was 82% in 2011.

137 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students39%
Female42%
Male33%
Black32%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities8%
Non-disabled students42%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English39%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant39%
Academically gifted74%

Biology

All Students38%
Female35%
Male45%
Black19%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities20%
Non-disabled students39%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English38%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant38%
Academically gifted68%

English II

All Students79%
Female78%
Male81%
Black72%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities50%
Non-disabled students83%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Academically gifted90%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 50% 26%
White 37% 52%
Hispanic 6% 14%
Two or more races 5% 4%
American Indian 1% 1%
Asian 1% 3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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