This was a wonderful highschool, I graduated from here in 2013 and loved every year. Some teachers were better at teaching their subjects than others, but over all, I did well. The administration was very helpful. Chris Blice is amazing. This school has many accomplishments under its belt, including being the school with the oldest dance program in the state. The arts program here is very strong and the clubs and sports available to students are very well rounded. This school has been a school of distinction multiple times in the past and continues to be the leader in the county as far as test scores.
Northwood just celebrated it's 40th Anniversary and the school continues to excel in academics, athletics, and the arts. In fact, Northwood has the distinction of having the oldest, comprehensive high school arts education program in the NC Public School System. NHS boasts a superb principal, Chris Blice 2013 Chatham County Principal of the Year as well as a dedicated, stable senior faculty, and talented junior faculty. Nine members are Board Certified and approximately 40% have advanced degrees. AP offerings are the most extensive in Chatham County Schools. Just released graduation rates continue to be several points higher than the state average and Northwood has been ranked for several years on the various "Best High Schools in the US" lists. I work most closely with the arts education program and it is one of the shining programs in the school system. A second dance instructor joined the program in 2012. Ensembles and visual arts students participate and excel in regional/state/national competitions and programs marching band, scholastic, all-state choir/band, Governor's School, etc. Great community involvement and a student body with great school spirit.
The quality of the teachers has skyrocketed in the past 3 years. Thank goodness for Mr. Blise, the principle. I hope he will be with us for many years to come. This community needed him right when we got him. N.W.H.S has prospered in acedemics, social awareness, school spirit, respect and sports. It's a great thing.
We have two students now going to this school and they love it. Has a great Marching Band and director, plus, can't say enough about our principal who has turned this school around in a short period of time and make us proud of it. Thanks to all their hard work. PS. Love the art programs there.
This school is awesome. I'm proud to be a student. The arts and sports programs are amazing and are one of the best in the state.
I am a Northwood High School parent. We currently have one student at NHS. She is our 3rd to attend Northwood and is a junior. Unfortunately, NHS struggled during the years that our older two sons attended. On the bright side, today the school is a totally different story. We have the best of administration and instructors. We are so thankful for the change over the past 2 years and see the brightest of future for Northwood students. We will be proud to say that our daughter is a 2012 graduate of Northwood High School
My son transferred here his sophomore year. It was the best move for him. The teachers care, it is a great environment & the principal is amazing. He is graduating this year, and we are thankful got spent the past few years at Northwood.
This is a Great School in all aspects. I am very pleased they way my kids are being thought. The principal and teachers are excellent. I see a lot of parent involment in school activities.
State summaries of last year's SAT scores shows that Northwood leads Chatham County Schools, was above the state averages, and only 2 points below the national averages. In addition, NC released the 4 year graduation cohort data for last year and Northwood leads Chatham County Schools in this area as well. We've found the leadership and teachers to be professional, positive and demanding. Our student's experience has been terrific.
Since previous reviews were written, this school has a new superintendent and a new principal (nominated for Principal of the Year, last year). It is experiencing a renaissance, with the completion of a $4.5 million renovation, upgrades to arts & sports facilities, and has been named one of Newsweek's 1500 Best High Schools for the past two year. Dedicated staff, talented students, and involved parents have made huge strides and continue to make improvements and offer more opportunities for students to excel.
This school is older in appearance but there are a great many changes underway- especially with recent county commission funding. The teachers seem to be vested in each student. My student has been at NHS for almost two years and I can only say Go, Chargers!
This school has had a history of problems from many aspects. It is extremely overcrowded. The school still lacks programs such as JR-ROTC and like many schools in Chatham County has also suffered from a lack of county funding. The overall problem is that the school and county school board have not kept up with the explosive population growth in eastern Chatham County. This was once a mainly rural school that has quickly turned into a suburban school within the past 10 years. The addition of mobile units have only done but so much to help this school.
Northwood High School is an extremely over populated school. The trailers just keep on coming. The school is also in some serious need of repair. With little funding from the current situations with the Chatham County School board, it doesn't look like there will be any major changes anytime soon.
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