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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
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Northwood High School is a top rated, public school located in Irvine, CA. It has 2,237 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 27 to 1. According to state test scores, 81% of students are at least proficient in math and 88% in reading.
Address
4515 Portola Parkway
Irvine, CA 92620
Telephone
(949) 936-7200

Northwood High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
88%
Percent Proficient - Math
81%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1370
494 responses
Average ACT
31
344 responses
AP Enrollment
30%

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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    C+
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Median Household Income
$158,189
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,392
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,028,976
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
96%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.47 responses
Poll
81%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.47 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 137 responses
Report
  • Senior Scream where seniors trash school b4 grad.
    23%
  • School Dances
    16%
  • Senior class trip to 6 flags.
    11%
  • Music Concerts
    9%
  • Basketball games
    8%
  • Food Fair
    7%
  • Marching Band and Color Guard
    7%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,237
Free or Reduced Lunch
8%
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.49 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.48 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.49 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
27:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$88,621
Teachers in First/Second Year
19.9%
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.71 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.71 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.71 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$13,980/ year
National
$12,239
93%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.74 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.74 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.74 responses
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Northwood High School Reviews

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PROS:
High level academics far above standards
Extracurricular activities are numerous, welcoming and easy to join
People are generally friendly and welcoming
Very high diversity
Incredibly safe location
Renowned arts program
Academically engaged student body
Staff is overall friendly and comparatively very aware of issues such as student stress

CONS:
Some teachers are comparatively weaker at teaching
The school culture is tainted with stress and overloading. Academics are paramount, and while the social climate is strong, academic stress pervades a large amount of the student body. Being surrounded by many extremely high-level students takes a toll on one's self-perception. Staff is very aware of this issue, and tries to address it, but it isn't the most effective, and the root of the issue lies in the students, in how they pressure themselves.
Administration does their job well often, but sometimes makes questionable decisions regarding school policies and event planning.
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Northwood High School is a great school! The classes are competitive and challenging, and the visual/performing arts department is excellent. Students at Northwood are high acheivers, and the school ranks very high among other schools across the state.
If you're a high achieving student (your schedule is loaded with either honors classes freshman year, or APs your junior and senior year), Northwood can be a very competitive environment. I was a relatively "average" high achieving student and it was pretty stressful for me.

I will say though, as a school in a relatively affluent community, Northwood has TONS of resources. VAPA is super strong and ROP classes are extremely well-stocked (video production and culinary classes are AMAZING.)
On the flip side, our sports teams (particularly football, has a pretty bad rep). School spirit is sometimes okay. But in the group I hang out with, it's pretty lacking. Will definitely differ from your friend group to friend group.

Overall, a pretty high-intensity school where people can be a bit more focused on academics than they should be, but not a bad school at all. Most English/Humanities teachers are pretty great too!