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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
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Northwest High School is a top rated, public school located in Germantown, MD. It has 2,586 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.

Northwest High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
44%
Percent Proficient - Math
83%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1210
703 responses
Average ACT
27
167 responses
AP Enrollment
45%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$92,375
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,712
National
$949
Median Home Value
$336,500
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
85%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.66 responses
Poll
82%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.66 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 242 responses
  • Football games
    22%
  • Pep rally
    14%
  • Homecoming hallways
    12%
  • Musicals
    12%
  • Prom
    9%
  • Powderpuff game
    8%
  • 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
2,586
Free or Reduced Lunch
22%
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.70 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.70 responses
97%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.70 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$83,917
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.5%
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.89 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.89 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.89 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
$18,250/ year
National
$12,239
85%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.93 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.93 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.93 responses
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Principal is the best! He is so kind and understanding. The students are pretty welcoming, though some definitely need to be disciplined more. Most of the teachers are incredibly caring and helpful. Almost every teacher I have had, with the exception of about 3-4, have been incredibly easy to work with, flexible, open-minded, and respectful. Despite some really immature people, (though every school has that) the environment is pretty welcoming and accepting. My only complaint is the amount of money and attention placed on sports, as not as much is placed on other academic successes and things like the music and arts. Student body is very diverse, there's a place for virtually everyone.
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Northwest High School is an excellent public school located in Germantown, Maryland. This high school promotes diversity and inclusion, as nearly three quarters of the student population is composed of minorities. Moreover, Northwest High School encourages students to excel in their studies by offering Advanced Placement as well as honor courses. Likewise, this school ensures college readiness by offering optional prep courses to students. There are a variety of sports, clubs, and musical cohorts that students can engage in at Northwest. However, one feature of this high school that could receive improvement is the cafeteria. Despite the great food service, the meals served during lunch tend to lack variety and tastefulness. Therefore, the cafeteria should offer a greater selection of food choices, which would help minimize the number of students who pack lunch on a regular basis.
I love this school! Northwest is the most diverse school I've ever been too, and you can make a lot of friends from different cultures here; I would say 80% of the people here are friendly, if a bit shy at times. Teachers care about their students and want to see them succeed, and the administrators are so nice. Wonderful clubs, great school spirit, competent sports teams - Northwest has something for everyone.