A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Readiness
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Address
4515 Portola Pkwy.
Irvine, CA 92620
Telephone
(949) 936-7200
Website

Northwood High School Rankings

Niche ranks over 14,000 public high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
86%
Percent Proficient - Math
78%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1360
297 responses
Average ACT
30
206 responses
AP Enrollment
34%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
95%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.39 responses
Poll
79%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.39 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 107 responses
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  • Senior Scream where seniors trash school b4 grad.
    25%
  • School Dances
    16%
  • Senior class trip to 6 flags.
    10%
  • Music Concerts
    9%
  • Basketball games
    8%
  • Marching Band and Color Guard
    7%
  • 5K Run
    6%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,173
Free or Reduced Lunch
7%
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.41 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.40 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.41 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
30:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
14.2%
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.63 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.63 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.63 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$10,512/ year
National
$12,239
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.66 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.66 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.66 responses

Northwood High School Reviews

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Northwood is an amazing high school. The teachers are committed to developing a love for their subjects in their students. They encourage students to develop a thirst for knowledge and the ability to ask probing questions and think analytically.
The performing and visual arts program are one of the best in the nation. The musicals and concerts presented by the school reflect the high standard that all the students expect from themselves and those around them.
The athletic department has produced several very promising athletes, but generally the school is not known for being athletic excellence.
One thing that people feel ambivalent towards is the competitive atmosphere of the school. It causes students to excel, but it can cause high levels of stress among the students.
Ultimately, Northwood is a gem in the public education system that produces talented, passionate, and intelligent individuals.
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A very safe place to learn! If you are a high-achieving student, you will be surrounded by like-minded peers who strive to aim high. One indicative part of Northwood's culture is its fashion - you will always see students who wear college sweaters around school.
The campus at Northwood High school is absolutely stunning because it looks like a college campus. The facilities are clean and tidy so it's a great learning environment without distractions. I would like Northwood to be a bit more strict when hiring teachers. Rather than hiring based on solely the candidate's resume, Northwood needs to hire candidates who truly care about students' success. There were some teachers who abused their status and did not teach in class except for the times when they were being observed.