This school's number one priority is building a solid, academic foundation for its students. The curriculum is rigorous and students will work. The high school is next door and students coming from NW Middle are VERY prepared for high school as a result of the teaching practices you find here. You have to be involved if you expect your child to flourish. The best kept secret in NC.
Parents try to teach their children that it isn't the outside appearance that matters, but what is on the inside that matters. Do not judge NW by it's physical appearance, but by the heart of the school-its people. Teachers are able to push academically without piling on useless busy work. It is a very caring school.
My son started NWMiddle this year for 6th grade and I am soooo happy with what he is getting there. Academics are strong without any overloading on homework, the Character Building Program is awesome, the teachers are relational and friendly, and the kids are overall innocent and great! Also, the principal listens and takes the time to address parents' concerns. Oh, they teach the students to use a planner also!
This school is fantastic! The majority of students are friendly, test scores are great, and teachers are well qualified. The only downside--the school's band program. But besides that, the school is great!
My children were both new to this school in 2003-2004 year since we moved from another state. They love NW and have fit in with the others well icluding the athletic programs. They are now glad that we moved.