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Northwood High

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Posted February 17, 2014

As an alumnus of Northwood, I can say that this school provided a really wonderful high school experience. The Arts Education program is top notch - it provided me with the opportunity to learn under the direction of very capable dance, choral and theatre instructors, and to pursue a desire to perform. As an honors student, I excelled, but was still challenged, and learned from teachers who were very involved in the education of their students, and who were willing to work with those who needed help or review outside of class. Under the leadership of former Principal Blice, Northwood saw a dramatic change, going from a school were fighting and drugs were a problem to a place where I felt incredibly safe. The staff truly care about the well-being of their students, both in and outside the classroom.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 17, 2014

Good solid school. Great staff. Opportunities to get involved.Principal and Staff very open and kind. Sports, Clubs wonderful knowledgeable guidance department. Every teacher in four years was great. One teacher in the English Department should be let go. Doesn't care about students. When they ask for help she shuts them down and doesn't guide the students. Junior's take this class usually. One teacher is unworthy. Thatxisca great record.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2014

Already recognized as one of the top public high schools in the country. Just won JFK Arts Award (only 3 in NC). My kids have access to every type of club, activity, academic class, and sport. Only thing that could get better is the age of the building, but I am sure that is coming soon! A wonderful community school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2014

My daughter goes to Northwood and it is a great school, i love the Art Education program and the many activities for the students to participate in. My daughter is in AVID program which is greart in preparing them for the University.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2014

Northwood continues to excel with balanced focus on academics, athletics, and the arts. This past year, student SAT scores increased by 15 points. Other recent highlights include Leah Smith, NHS Dance teacher, receiving the most votes nationwide in a the Teacher Shout Out contest sponsored by Herff-Jones; Senior Kelsey O'Daniel's selection as a member of the National High School Honors Ensemble to perform in Carnegie Hall in February; and for the second time, Northwood's selection as a Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts School of Excellence in North Carolina. It was one of only five NC schools recognized. Northwood previously received the award in 2002.


Posted September 10, 2013

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.


Posted September 13, 2011

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2011

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2011

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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 3, 2011

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
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2011

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2008

Great school... The best school i have ever been at before...
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 12, 2008

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2007

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.


Posted October 21, 2007

NHS is great and an awesome place to be the teachers care so much!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2007

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.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
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The state average for Math was 56% in 2012.

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The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

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The state average for Science was 59% in 2012.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2011.

243 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%
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

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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.

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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24%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
73%
Algebra II

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

238 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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84%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 46% in 2013.

304 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
85%
Civics and Economics

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

245 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%
English I

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

302 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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86%

2011

 
 
84%
English II

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

292 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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61%
Physical Science

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

82 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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78%
United States History

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

247 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%
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 Students24%
Female27%
Male22%
Black14%
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Hispanic16%
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White30%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students29%
Limited English proficiency6%
Proficient in English26%
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Non-migrant24%
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Biology

All Students69%
Female69%
Male70%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
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Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities29%
Non-disabled students73%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
Academically giftedn/a

English II

All Students61%
Female65%
Male57%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracial58%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities19%
Non-disabled students65%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant61%
Academically giftedn/a
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
White 68% 52%
Black 17% 26%
Hispanic 10% 14%
Two or more races 3% 4%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian 0% 1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Security personnel
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Industrial shop

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dr Justin Bartholomew
Associations
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (919) 542-4934

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Security personnel
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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310 Northwood High School Road
Pittsboro, NC 27312
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Phone: (919) 542-4181

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