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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Northwest High School is a top rated, public school located in Germantown, MD. It has 2,333 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 83% of students are at least proficient in math and 44% in reading.
Address
13501 Richter Farm Rd
Germantown, MD 20874
Telephone
(301) 601-4660
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Northwest High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
44%
Percent Proficient - Math
83%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1210
610 responses
Average ACT
27
147 responses
AP Enrollment
45%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$89,720
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,664
National
$949
Median Home Value
$326,600
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
82%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.56 responses
Poll
79%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.56 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 198 responses
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  • Football games
    23%
  • Pep rally
    14%
  • Musicals
    14%
  • Homecoming hallways
    11%
  • Prom
    9%
  • Powderpuff game
    9%
  • School dances
    8%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,333
Free or Reduced Lunch
26%
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.60 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.60 responses
98%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.60 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$81,840
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.5%
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.79 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.79 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.79 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$17,192/ year
National
$12,239
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.83 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.83 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.83 responses
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Overall my experience with Northwest was rather mixed. I had some amazing teachers who I still am grateful to have learned from and some who I can have a long conversation with and enjoy the company of, while some teachers I honestly wonder why they ever became a teacher and hated every minute of class. The administration didn’t really know what they were doing except for Jimmy D, the principal, who was always so nice and everyone loved; he greeted every student he passed! I think the culture of the student body was good considering it was a high school, from what I saw we never had much of a bullying problem and people didn’t care much about being too “popular”.
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The teachers at Northwest are dedicated to making an actual change in the habits of us students. They show that they care and always take time out of their own personal lives to help us. Overall, the entire environment, including the students and the teachers and other staff members is extremely welcoming and amazing!
Northwest High School is one of the most diverse schools in the county. It's education system is excellent and the teachers who work there know the material that they teach. The school is actually quite safe, with very few instances of fighting or drug use. The culture of the school is extremely diverse and tremendously inclusive towards people from all walks of life. The large majority of the teachers are well-qualified to teach the students and are very capable of making a challenging subject become easier to understand. The students are friendly, open to helping each other out and are generally well-behaved. The education that you will possess as you leave this school is invaluable, as it greatly helps prepare you for college.