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
277 responses
Average ACT
30
193 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
97%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.38 responses
Poll
82%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.38 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 105 responses
Report
  • Senior Scream where seniors trash school b4 grad.
    26%
  • School Dances
    16%
  • Senior class trip to 6 flags.
    10%
  • Music Concerts
    10%
  • Basketball games
    9%
  • Marching Band and Color Guard
    7%
  • 5K Run
    5%

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%
98%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.40 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.39 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.40 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
30:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$86,654
Teachers in First/Second Year
14.2%
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.62 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.62 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.62 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$9,300/ year
National
$11,890
94%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.65 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.65 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.65 responses

Northwood High School Reviews

397 reviews
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Here, you will find students willing to go above and beyond in their academic studies while still managing to balance other extracurricular activities.The teachers love challenging the students while still care about their well-being. Northwood is very connected as we take a lot of pride in the multiple Grammy Awards our performing arts have won and our amazing marching band. It’s located in a very safe and protected city and the campus is the prettiest one in our school district and is still fairly new. The block schedule at Northwood is very helpful because we are able to have longer and more in-depth classes every other day. However, Northwood offers limited classes compared to other schools. CP Biology was not an option nor were classes that helped with college essays. Also, students are required to take Integrated Science 1 and 2 for their first two years which limited their options of taking other science classes. Despite that, Northwood still helps students excel in college.
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Very stressful, but all-in-all, the teachers are very smart and it shows strongly within the students. The school is top-ranked and is a great place for students. The teachers and students are so accepting and kind, and the environment is amazing!
Northwood High School offers numerous activities and clubs for students to discover their passion, interact with people with similar interests, and get involved. With all of this in mind, the majority of students focus on one sole number: GPA. Despite a student having multiple extra curriculars, if their GPA is not what students deem high enough, then they will be looked down upon. Students compare how many AP classes they are taking and people will feel shame if they say zero or one. Rather than looking at the holistic person, Northwood has a stigma that your GPA defines you, and students forget that other activities are just as important than a number out of 4. This is not only affecting students, but also teachers. While the majority of teachers are engaging and help their students, some would rather teach to the test. Despite the academic stigma that has taken over Northwood,it is an amazing campus full of hardworking and self-motivated students who have become proud Timberwolves.