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Northwest High School

Public | 9-12 | 2666 students

 
 

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Posted May 3, 2013

Northwest has definitely made a difference in the past year, a remarkable one. I am nothing but proud to call myself a Texan. So glad Mr. Childress was able to take the position as the principal of our school. We have become a true family, and along with that we have hard working and dedicated teachers. Our scores are amazing and everyone strives to do the best they can. ALL IN FOR LIFE!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 7, 2012

Mrs. Brenner is very professional and no-nonsense. These are great qualities for a high school principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2011

Northwest High School has a fantastic band program. The STEM academy offers an outstanding learning environment for the students. The parent involvement makes the school even better. I am very pleased with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2010

I am a senior at Northwest High School. If there is one thing I can honestly say about the four years i have been there is that its an amazing school. I have never had a problem with drugs or fights at this school. It may be huge and have a lot of people but the teachers and staff are amazing, and make you feel you are an individule and not just a number. I have struggled a lot the past two years and was told i wasnt going to graduate, but thanks to the teachers and administrators i will be graduating in 3 months. Northwest is the best :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 19, 2009

Okay so i came from Saginaw, not one of the best schools just to be nice. I started attending Northwest my sophomore year and noticed a bigh change in my vocabulary and much more. My junior year i was weak in history and science and was scared for the taks. But my history teacher was amazing and they have an awesome program. My physics teacher was so strict and i hated him at first but he taught me so much in the long run. (props to TUBBS!) Anyways, there are great people there and so many different kinds. We have fun events that a lot of other schools don't get to experience. Allthough i had to go back to Saginaw for personal reasons, i am smarter than most people here now and care so much more about my grades. THANKS NORTHWEST!! You have definitely made an impact on my life!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 15, 2009

I graduated from Northwest, and I absolutely loved it. I came from a high school that was miserable, I was never happy there. Then I transfered to Northwest, and let me tell you it is the best place you could possibly put your teen in school. Teachers care for us individually, they make sure that you keep your grades in check with mandatory tutorials with a grade below 75, they enforce rules such as IDs and hall passes, and they also understand that we are students... not inmates.. Northwest High School is a great place. Even 'Senioritis' can't make me dislike it.


Posted April 16, 2009

Each of my four children have gone to Northwest. I dont believe the teachers keep a parent informed. I also dont think the teachers care to much about 'teaching'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2009

My son is a freshman this year (2008-09) and we were skeptical of the available programs offered at a 'country' school. But were we pleasantly surprised. And, the the opening of the new H.S. next year, it will improve the teacher-to-student ratio. Only problem we have seen are with the students who are of questionable character that attend (coming with families moving out here from the 'big city'). Which is not the school's fault. Parents have to take primary responsibility for their children. But with regards to these kids... my question is, 'where are the parents!?!'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2009

I was here my freshman year and i thought it was an amazing school.I had to transfer last year being at my new school it made me realize how great Northwest truly was. Teachers are so nice and caring that I developed a semi-friendship with some of my teachers where if I ever needed anything I could just go to them and talk to them and they would understand me.The principle is also a great guy and very understanding and reasonable.I also thought that the academic field was excellent and even though it was challenging, it taught me a lot of what i know now.They also have a lot of electives for students who want to do different things and explore different fields whether its in fine arts, a different language, technology classes, or just basic things you need to know in life Northwest offers it all. I really recommend it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 12, 2008

I'm a junior @ northwest, i've been back and forth over the past two years,. i've had a really tough time getting through school...but it's a great school,you can be who you want to be, dress how you want to dress. I also love the fact that boys are allowed to dress how they want and have their hair as long as they want. in this school you're allowed to express individuality. I like that, i got sick of having to conform to everyone else's expectations. If i'm worried about how stupid i look in a uniform or too woorried about not being comfortable with the rules, how am i supposed to focus on my education? @ northwest i don't have to worry about that. I can be who i want to be and focus on becoming what i want. Great school. Math department hasn't done too much for me though
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 3, 2008

Northwest is one of the best public schools I have seen in action. I was raised in private Catholic Schools and I praise Northwest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2008

the school overall i s a really nice school but the teachers aren't the greatest, most of them are always grumpy and in bad moods, if you don't like kids your shouldn't work with them, but that dosn't apply to all of them. its not a bad school itself and they have good intentions but some things aren't as good as they make it sound. drugs and fights with the students are a big problem here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 16, 2008

Im a senior at this school and why there si some dumb stuff that the administration does. The school has really good teachers and a great enviroment the coffee shop and library are the best.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 15, 2008

Very big school! Over all good school, as most Texas schools they need to worry less about the athletics and more on academics. We moved in the middle of the year and it was crazy. Two wonderful ladies at the school were a very big help. Nellie Oates & Maria Hernandez, I can t thank them enough for making our move a lot easier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2008

I am a senior and this school's technology progrms a excellent!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 9, 2008

I'm a freshman. I graduate in 2011 but this is a really good school. Most of the teachers care about how your grades are and really want to help you get a good grade. However, if you don't wear your id around your neck and you are walking in the hallways you might get a citation! I know it's for safety purposes and whatnot but still. Mrs Weatherall is a really good english teacher.She's got tough love, and Mrs Fisher too! School spirit is astronomical! Football stadium is amazing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 12, 2007

Wonderful teachers, wonderful investment in children. This si the best school in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2007

I'lm an 2009 grad who has adapted to 'texan' @ Northwest. A great bulk of the teachers are ready to help every student excel in academia. Plus the cafeteria and football stadium aren't half bad either.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 25, 2007

Too much attention and money spent on sports rather than academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2007

I've had three children attend NISD. This district is all about the money and growth, not about the students and their needs, unless they are in football. I've had it with NISD and am now all for school vouchers to give parents a choice in their childrens educaton.
—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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

606 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

597 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

565 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

552 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

567 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

562 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 95% in 2013.

547 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

544 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

546 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

544 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students97%
Female98%
Male96%
Black or African American94%
Asian100%
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students89%
Female88%
Male90%
Black or African American80%
Asian100%
Hispanic85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Special education52%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students97%
Female97%
Male98%
Black or African American93%
Asian100%
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
Black or African American93%
Asian100%
Hispanic99%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Recognized".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

392 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
88%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

249 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
38%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

696 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

403 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
36%
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

693 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

757 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
65%
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

628 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

625 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

633 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
99%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
75%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

6 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

691 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
91%
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

625 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students80%
Female82%
Male79%
Black or African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracial67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special education48%
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)36%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant80%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted80%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students100%
Female99%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted99%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students92%
Female93%
Male92%
Black or African American92%
Asian100%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial94%
American Indian or Alaska Native100%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education65%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)63%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted92%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students94%
Female95%
Male92%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic87%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education67%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted93%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students81%
Female85%
Male77%
Black or African American77%
Asian91%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial85%
American Indian or Alaska Native86%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special education48%
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)10%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant81%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted79%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students61%
Female70%
Male55%
Black or African American57%
Asian82%
Hispanic54%
Multiracial84%
American Indian or Alaska Native50%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Special education15%
Not special education65%
Limited English proficient (LEP)9%
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant62%
Gifted/talented98%
Not Gifted59%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students88%
Female89%
Male86%
Black or African American81%
Asian100%
Hispanic82%
Multiracial75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education49%
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)40%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted86%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students60%
Female67%
Male53%
Black or African American46%
Asian91%
Hispanic47%
Multiracial75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Special education3%
Not special education64%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant60%
Gifted/talented94%
Not Gifted56%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students87%
Female89%
Male85%
Black or African American88%
Asian100%
Hispanic82%
Multiracial94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education43%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)38%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
Gifted/talented98%
Not Gifted86%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
Black or African American86%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted99%

U.S. History

All Students67%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education60%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant67%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted67%

World Geography

All Students87%
Female88%
Male86%
Black or African American86%
Asian100%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial94%
American Indian or Alaska Native100%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education46%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)33%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted86%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students84%
Female82%
Male87%
Black or African American96%
Asian100%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education47%
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant84%
Gifted/talented99%
Not Gifted83%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 29%
Hispanic 21% 52%
Black 6% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 2%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 9%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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