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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Northwest Career & Technical Academy High School is a highly rated, public, magnet school located in Las Vegas, NV. It has 1,858 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 53% of students are at least proficient in math and 89% in reading.

Northwest Career & Technical Academy High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
89%
Percent Proficient - Math
53%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1140
284 responses
Average ACT
25
413 responses
AP Enrollment
38%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$56,802
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,088
National
$949
Median Home Value
$238,300
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
93%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.85 responses
Poll
82%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.85 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 265 responses
  • Senior sunrise/sunset
    18%
  • Homecoming
    18%
  • Prom
    18%
  • Hallway Decorating
    16%
  • Sadie's
    10%
  • Culinary Fundraisers
    7%
  • Mid year game against Southwest Tech
    4%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,858
Free or Reduced Lunch
36%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.90 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.90 responses
39%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.90 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$64,931
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.7%
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.129 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.129 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.129 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$10,528/ year
National
$12,239
82%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.128 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.128 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.128 responses
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Northwest CTA is an excellent school filled with many great opportunities for students! This school offers various programs for students to choose that help them focus on what careers they may be interested in the future. Northwest focuses on getting their students ready for their futures and equips them with the skills they need to get started. Students choose a program area of study at the beginning of the year and that is their primary focus. The administration can be very strict on rules even to the point where some of their actions seem unreasonable but for the most part, if you are doing what you are supposed to it should be fine. Student tend to be held to a higher standard here as opposed to a regular public school. The clubs at this school can make your year all the worthwhile. Overall, Northwest will present you with really amazing opportunities if you do choose this school.
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NWCTA is a school highly focused on preparing students for college and encourages students to pursue higher education careers. The school offers various programs, such as Culinary, Biomedical, Engineering, etc. These program area classes gives students the opportunity to develop skills and have an advantage if they were to pursue a career in the field of their program. Along with these courses, NWCTA puts an emphasis on education with difficult curriculum and strenuous workloads. Although this is an advantage to developing professional skills, it can create unwanted pressure and stress among students. Furthermore, a downside for the students attending NWCTA is the lack of school events and varieties of extracurriculars. For example, compared to public high schools, there are rarely school events that would help students build school spirit or social skills in a daily life setting.
I appreciate the very few teachers who went out of their way to connect with the students. Although the curriculum is difficult and the workload can be strenuous, some teachers will extend dates on assignments and projects for students. On the other hand, the administration do their part in helping students VERY poorly. With multiple complaints coming from students regarding race, assault, harassment, and an abundance of problems on campus, most of these issues were swept under the rug and never solved. Also, there are more than a handful of teachers and staff who express their political and personal opinions on controversial topics that shouldn’t be shared and/or practiced on campus. The best thing that came out of this school was the ability to prepare students for college workload and possibly jobs or trade schools. As far as I know, most students who have attended NWCTA in the past has had overall negative experiences.