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Northwood Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 867 students

 

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted June 30, 2014

I was a student at Northwood this past year and I am very glad to be leaving. There are some very excellent teachers at Northwood but others that are not qualified to even be near young minds. First off the administration at Northwood is weak and by no means has control. They do not enforce discipline or encourage it. Also the dress code is very subjective. The "uniform style" is actually worse than uniforms because certain people can get away with wearing things that others can't because they better. Another thing that is very bad at Northwood is bullying. I was not bullied much there but I saw many people who were. I was teased because I made good grades and because I used clean language and didn't get into trouble. These things were said around or within earshot of teachers and nothing was ever said. Also almost ALL of the students at Northwood use terrible and crude language. I'm not saying that the teachers can control what students say or hear at home but they could at least enforce discipline when they hear it. It was always ignored or somehow justified (depending on who the student was.) I highly suggest staying away from it and getting a quality education elsewhere.


Posted June 17, 2014

My daughter transferred to Northwood as an 8th grader. She is in honors classes and overall had SOME really great teachers. However, a couple of REALLY incompetent teachers and the principal is the absolute worst excuse for an administrator/ educator! Never responded to my concerns as a parent. The overall focus is NOT education. I plan to move in order for my younger daughter to attend a different middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2014

Northwood Middle is a great school. Mr.Lee is a wonderful addition to our school. He is AWOME!! The Teachers are great . The office staff is so wonderful and so helpful. My son has been blessed with WONDERFUL teachers for the two years he been at Northwood. The PTA does so much for the school . They are a great group of parents! No this school is not perfect but what school is. I love this school and will miss it when my son rises to 9th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2014

At first I didn't care to much for Northwood but with the new principal, I change my mind. My daughter loves this school and even though I may not like some of her teachers, there are some that I can communicate with and are very caring! This is just my opinion but I can honestly say I would rather her go here than anywhere else. Go Northwood Knights!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

Please only rate the school one time per person! My child has had a great experience academically at Northwood. He is in all Honors classes where there are less discipline problems, so we have not encountered that, but his classes are VERY challenging and the teachers are highly qualified. He has learning disabilities but no IEP/504 yet the teachers are all willing to accommodate his extra needs with just emails from me every year. His teachers care that their students really learn and prepare for high school. I really appreciate the dress code. I have heard there are problems with kids in the school (as in any school) but I feel the administration does well at keeping order and safety at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

The New principal is awesome as well as the administrators! I know in the past there seemed to be problems but what I have seen so far I like. My daughter is in her 7th year without any issues! Just my opinion this is a quality school for my daughter!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

As a student at this school, it's awful. All the kids speak Ghetto no matter what their culture is. The kids are mean and I myself have been called names and bullied. My parents went to the principal and it stopped for a while but then continued. I have had two teachers who have been really nice and more than a few that have been miserable. My parents will not put my sister in this school next year.


Posted August 11, 2013

I am a actiuve student at Northwood Middle School in Taylors,SC. My school is preppy and has won the palmetto gold and silver over the past three years. Although a public school we have a very good campus and also highly qalified teachers. Along with this we are partnered with Eatsside High School to give students like myself more options in extracuriculars.


Posted August 10, 2013

Northwood Middle School has been a great school for all three of our children. We have had two boys to attend Northwood for all three of their middle school years. They had a great experience and were prepared for high school. I believe that there is strict discipline at this school, and I like that. My daughter will be a 7th grader this year, and she had a great 6th grade year. I believe that your school experience depends a lot on what you put into it. So, we encourage our children to do their best and to be respectful to everyone. I am also involved as a volunteer as much as I can, and I believe that makes a difference. My children see me there, and they know that I care about what is happening to them. You won't find a better middle school in Greenville County!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2013

Disappointed in this school. My child has been here since 6th grade, now entering 8th. Not impressed with the teachers at all. Through the years he's had only maybe 2 really good teachers. A lot of disciplinary problems in this school and I feel the administration is not tough enough at all. Plenty of bullying going on and fights. The school is only rated "Good" and they can't seem to pull that up. Definitely will NOT send my next child here. Do your research.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2013

Not a good school. Very diverse, all the kids in my daughters classes talk ghetto and this school is very weak on discipline! They should have a ZERO Tolerance for bullying attitude at Northwood and they don't. She's had teachers that I question "why" are they even teaching. Major changes need to happen at this below mediocre school. Can't wait until she is out!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2013

WORST SCHOOL EVER....If you have children with learning difficulties PLEASE DO NOT put them at this school they will not go by the IEP's like they should, a lot of teachers are there just for a pay check not to help the children or care about their needs and don't let them fool you THERE IS a lot of bulling going on at that school by kids and some of the teachers too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2013

My son is being bullied at this school and the only solution offered to me was to have my sons schedule changed which means he has to find all new friends and they bully gets away with no punishment at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2013

My son has an IEP for ADHD. They don't seem to really follow it or care if he does well in school. Instead they would rather pass him on when failing classes. The only teacher who even bothered to give feedback was this P. E. teacher. Although the principle is good with the students the teachers don't really care about helping the students who are struggling . When I ask the counselors for ideas or suggestions they don't seem to offer much help. Honestly I am starting to think Home schooling is a much better option.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2013

Yes The school has dress code and that is good but it still does not have discipline. Teachers are K but history teacher NO.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2012

Excellent teachers,I loved the uniform,no jeans. my oldest son was in it and my 2nd son going next year. Thanks for all teachers there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2011

Northwood is a diverse middle school with an exceptional faculty and awesome students. The principal, Mr. Griffin, has an open door policy and is available to talk to parents on a daily basis. The faculty is very engaging and they make learning fun! We have had two children at Northwood and they have been very prepared to enter high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2011

We have been thrilled with Northwood. The principal is outstanding and provides a welcoming, safe and disciplined environment. The teachers are willing to stay late/come in early to help students succeed. We are pleased with academic and extracurricular offerings. We have had a great experience at Northwood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2011

I was so nervous when my daughter began 6th grade at Northwood last year. Once I heard the principal address the parents at 6th grade orientation I felt much better. It was clear that he cares about his students and the community. My daughters teachers have been wonderful. They have challenged her and offered after school support when she needed it. The icing on the cake is the uniform dress code. I love seeing such clean cut and neat students. Not a single pair of low slung baggy jeans in sight! Did I mention that the Greenville County Teacher of the Year for 2010-2011 was from Northwood?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2011

We really struggled with the decision for Middle School for our three children. We checked them all out - Public, Magnet, Charter, Private and Religious. Ultimatetly we decided on Northwood and we couldn't have been happier. We love the new school, the dress code ROCKs and so does Mr Griffin. His door has ALWAYS been open to us and he is very proactive, welcoming and experienced. The teachers have made a tremendous and positive impact on our children and they have always been willing to help and support any way they could. We are not from Greenville and had heard a few negative things about Northwood - but we had a WONDERFUL experience both with students, parents, teachers, staff and administration. Take a tour, come and visit and see for yourself - NORTHWOOD Middle ROCKS!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.
English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 70% in 2013.

300 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

302 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
69%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 78% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in Writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 71% in 2013.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

287 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
76%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 69% in 2013.

287 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
64%
Writing

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in Writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 70% in 2013.

300 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

301 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
79%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 71% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

297 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in Writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

All Students81%
Female86%
Male75%
African-American60%
Asian87%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial71%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Subsidized meals68%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabled24%
Not disabled88%
English language learners82%
Proficient in English81%
Not migrant81%

Math

All Students79%
Female80%
Male77%
African-American58%
Asian94%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial59%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Subsidized meals65%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabled27%
Not disabled85%
English language learners80%
Proficient in English78%
Not migrant79%

Science

All Students83%
Female85%
Male82%
African-American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Subsidized meals72%
Full-pay meals93%
Disabled50%
Not disabled89%
English language learners85%
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant83%

Social Studies

All Students87%
Female85%
Male89%
African-American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Subsidized meals77%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled46%
Not disabled91%
English language learners90%
Proficient in English86%
Not migrant87%

Writing

All Students86%
Female93%
Male78%
African-American67%
Asian93%
Hispanic83%
Multiracial75%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Subsidized meals76%
Full-pay meals94%
Disabled35%
Not disabled93%
English language learners87%
Proficient in English86%
Not migrant86%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in Writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the South Carolina Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

All Students79%
Female80%
Male79%
African-American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracial83%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Subsidized meals67%
Full-pay meals90%
Disabled33%
Not disabled85%
English language learners77%
Proficient in English80%
Not migrant79%

Math

All Students71%
Female66%
Male76%
African-American49%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracial75%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White82%
Subsidized meals56%
Full-pay meals84%
Disabled24%
Not disabled77%
English language learners66%
Proficient in English72%
Not migrant71%

Science

All Students87%
Female87%
Male86%
African-American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracial92%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Subsidized meals76%
Full-pay meals96%
Disabled45%
Not disabled92%
English language learners86%
Proficient in English87%
Not migrant87%

Social Studies

All Students79%
Female78%
Male80%
African-American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracial83%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Subsidized meals65%
Full-pay meals92%
Disabled27%
Not disabled86%
English language learners83%
Proficient in English79%
Not migrant79%

Writing

All Students85%
Female89%
Male82%
African-American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracial83%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Subsidized meals74%
Full-pay meals95%
Disabled46%
Not disabled90%
English language learners75%
Proficient in English87%
Not migrant85%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in Writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the South Carolina Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

All Students74%
Female79%
Male69%
African-American45%
Asian67%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial67%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White83%
Subsidized meals57%
Full-pay meals88%
Disabled28%
Not disabled78%
English language learners68%
Proficient in English75%
Not migrant74%

Math

All Students73%
Female74%
Male72%
African-American51%
Asian75%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial61%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White80%
Subsidized meals56%
Full-pay meals87%
Disabled24%
Not disabled77%
English language learners64%
Proficient in English74%
Not migrant73%

Science

All Students76%
Female82%
Male72%
African-American48%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White87%
Subsidized meals59%
Full-pay meals93%
Disabled20%
Not disabled82%
English language learners64%
Proficient in English78%
Not migrant76%

Social Studies

All Students77%
Female72%
Male83%
African-American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracial60%
White83%
Subsidized meals66%
Full-pay meals85%
Disabled30%
Not disabled81%
English language learners88%
Proficient in English76%
Not migrant77%

Writing

All Students85%
Female88%
Male82%
African-American68%
Asian83%
Hispanic84%
Multiracial79%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Subsidized meals73%
Full-pay meals95%
Disabled48%
Not disabled88%
English language learners82%
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant85%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in Writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the South Carolina Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
Applied Biology

The state average for Applied Biology was 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 80% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
English I

The state average for English I was 77% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
100%
Mathematics for the Technologies 2

The state average for Mathematics for the Technologies 2 was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 60% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 95% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 57% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: %D, C, B, A

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP) to test middle and high school students in Algebra I, Mathematics for the Technologies II, Biology I, English I, US History, and US History and Government. The EOCEP provides tests in high school core courses and for courses taken in middle school for high school credit. The EOCEP is a standards-based test program, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score a C or above.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 61% 53%
Black 20% 36%
Hispanic 11% 7%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 46%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
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Fax number
  • (864) 355-7077

Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Softball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
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