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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    D-
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Northwest School of the Arts is an above average, public, magnet school located in Charlotte, NC. It has 1,121 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 50% of students are at least proficient in math and 65% in reading.

Northwest School of the Arts Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
65%
Percent Proficient - Math
50%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1120
167 responses
Average ACT
25
104 responses
AP Enrollment
31%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$26,939
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$695
National
$949
Median Home Value
$85,500
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
72%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.25 responses
Poll
76%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.25 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 73 responses
  • Theatre and orchestra events
    22%
  • Spring musical
    16%
  • Dance events
    16%
  • Music and Play festivals
    12%
  • Spirit Week
    8%
  • Northwest Fest
    8%
  • Orchestra events
    7%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,121
Free or Reduced Lunch
34%
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.31 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.31 responses
16%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.31 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$44,039
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.3%
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.39 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.39 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.39 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$10,674/ year
National
$12,239
60%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.42 responses
21%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.42 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.42 responses
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Northwest is a great school for the arts, and we have great arts educators. However, we are lacking in terms of academic teachers. While some are very great at what they do, others are terrible to work with. I'd like to see some teacher evaluations and honestly some replacements. Our administration is okay overall, it could definitely be better. There needs to be better communication when it comes to opportunities, and I believe opportunities should be more open and transparent. We cannot continue to practice favoritism and only presenting opportunities to certain students. I do not think that parent involvement should be a factor when it comes to roles and opportunities. I think that there should be more college involvement and allowing more students to participate in it. Overall Northwest is a great school and I am proud to be a dragon, but there is no doubt that we have lots of improving to do.
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My experience from Northwest School of the Arts has been amazing. I went from a shy, quiet little girl to a still shy but more opening young woman. I made friends and my relationship with the teachers that I love and still keep in contact. I'm gonna miss NWSA because it's simply the best!
I have been going to Northwest School of the Arts for approximately 6 years. Middle school at Northwest was a typical middle school experience. High School is a little different. Overall the school is amazing. I do believe that the faculty and admin strive to make sure that their students feel safe, cared about, and also give them a sense that they are being provided with the greatest education. I give Northwest School of the Arts 4 stars only because, I do not always feel as though they take their students opinions in to consideration. There are also teachers on staff who do not provide the education that the students deserve. Not all, however, some teachers never actually take time to teach students material. They provide students with busy work, and only expect them to learn from that. I would recommend the school to anyone, if those particular teachers on the staff were removed.