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Northwood High School

 

“Northwood High School envisions an educational community that fosters leadership, creativity, and excellence in Academics, Activities, Arts and Athletics (the Northwood 4 A’s).  Our vision is to empower technologically literate, life long learners who will make valuable contributions to society.  Through the collaboration of school, home and community, every Northwood graduate will be prepared for the demands of the 21st century”.  (NHS Vision Statement)

 

Northwood High School, home of the Chargers, is located on Hwy 15-501 just north of Pittsboro, North Carolina.  Our school colors are green and gold and we are home to approximately 1100 students in grades 9 through 12.  Our faculty includes 64 Certified Teachers, 3 Guidance Counselors, 1 Media Specialist, 1 Curriculum Coach, a full time Technology Technician Team, and 3 Administrators. We are approximately 15 to 20 minutes south of the Chapel Hill/Durham area and less than an hour from Raleigh.  Chatham County is one of the fastest growing “bedroom communities” for these shopping and educational centers.  In addition, Chatham County is experiencing large amounts of growth primarily in the Northwood attendance zone.  In short, we can offer you small town values and caring mixed with a short ride to the “big cities” and all they have to offer.  Northwood High School opened for students in 1972 as part of a system consolidation effort.  At present there are three traditional high schools in Chatham County with Northwood being the largest and considered by many to be the flagship school.  We are a 2A high school and will be classified as 3A in the 2013 NCHSAA realignment.  A recent major construction project which provided a new Fine Arts Wing and renovated auditorium, upgraded our outdoor athletic facilities, several classroom spaces, our weights room, and created a new main entrance/gymnasium lobby area.  The recent academic years have brought a 1 to 1 computer initiative (laptops for all students and staff), a school-wide wireless network, the establishment of Professional Learning Communities, and an ever-improving academic/instructional focus. 

 

Academics and Activities Our school offers a wide range of academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities for our students.  Challenging core/elective classes in English, Math, Social Studies, and Science offer many Honors and AP opportunities. AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) helps many of our students reach for higher learning opportunities in their college plans.  Elective classes include Band, Chorus, Drama, Dance, and Visual Arts venues along with Foreign Language and online classes.  CTE opportunities include Agriculture, Carpentry, Family and Consumer Sciences, Business, Marketing, and Parenting/Child Development.   Clubs and organizations include National Honor Society, Career and Technical Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Student Counsel, Creative Writing, FFA, FCCLA, FBLA, DECA, SkillsUSA, HOSA, The STANCE Step Team, Dance Team, Brain Game Team, and Visual Arts/Dance/Thespian/Tri M Honor societies.  Our in-house student-cheering group “The Northwood Nuthouse” rivals some of the local college/university groups.  To say we have much to offer to all students is truly an understatement. 

 

Our SAT, EOC, AP, and ABC Composite scores (see back page) indicate that consistently strong academic improvement is underway and our students are routinely selected for Governor’s School, Teaching Fellows, and innumerable other scholarship offerings. Our North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions Survey data is among the best in CCS and indicates a high level of teacher satisfaction with Northwood High School.  Northwood High School was named in 2009 and 2010 to the prestigious Newsweek Magazine’s Top American High Schools listing, and achieved North Carolina School of Distinction Status in 2010 and 2011.  Our 2012 ABC composite score has us at 88.94% (the highest in Chatham County Schools).  Go Chargers!

 

Northwood Student Achievement Data

SAT Data  (NHS is above state and national averages.  Includes writing)

 

2010

2011

2012

Northwood

1465

1506

1514

Nation

1506

1500

1498

State

1485

1475

1469

2011-12 EOC (End Of Course) Scores  (NHS students led the County and State in English I and Biology)

 

Northwood

Chatham County Schools

North Carolina

English I

86.4%

80.2%

82.9%

Algebra I

70.8%

78.2%

78.7%

Biology

95.9%

91.7%

83.0%

5 year ABC Composite Scores  (Showing a steady increase of over 22% in four years)

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

66.6% prof.

75.2% prof.

82.5% prof.

84.3% prof.

88.9% prof.

5 Year AP Testing Data Comparison  (NHS students consistently score above state and global averages)

 

2007-‘08

2008-‘09

2009-‘10

2010-‘11

2011-‘12

# Northwood (NW) AP Students

129

149

115

125

182

% NW AP Students Scores Proficient

73.6%

65.1%

66.1%

70.4%

67.0%

% N.C. AP Students Scores Proficient

61.7%

62.4%

62.7%

63.9%

63.8%

% Global AP Students Scores Proficient

60.1%

61.1%

60.2%

60.2%

61.5%

Post Graduation Plans for Diploma Earners

 

2010 Graduates

2011 Graduates

2012 Graduates

4 year Institution

65.0%

61.1%

62.8%

2 year Institution

30.5%

34.1%

22.6%

Other (Military, Work)

4.5%

4.8%

14.6%

 

In each of these tested areas (SAT, EOC, and ABC Composite Scores) Northwood leads Chatham County Schools and North Carolina, and in SATs is above the North Carolina and National averages.  Our AP offerings are the most extensive in Chatham County Schools and our students consistently score above both the state and global averages.

 

Arts and Athletics Northwood High School is well known for an award winning Arts Education Program featuring opportunities in Drama, Visual Arts, Vocal/Instrumental Music, and notably, our Modern Dance Program. Started in 1972, our dance program was the first of its type in North Carolina Public Schools, has two full time teachers, and boasts full enrollments each year.  Northwood Arts Education truly ROCKS!  Our Athletic Program is unquestionably the CCS leader in almost every sport we play and a perennial state playoffs powerhouse.  Our highly successful athletic program includes award winning Football, Cheerleading, Volleyball, Tennis, Wrestling, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Cross Country, Golf, Track and Field, and most recently Lacrosse.  We have played for an athletic state championship in each of the last four years and strive to develop student-athletes who graduate and go on to the next level both athletically and academically.

 

 During the last 10 years, Northwood has dominated the CCS Teacher of the Year selection process and in one of those years had a Wachovia Regional Teacher of the Year. We have 9 National Board Certified teachers and approx. 40% have advanced degrees.  Teacher retention for the last four years has been well above the state average, and our 2013-14 enrollment is projected at approx. 1200 students, the highest in our school’s history. 

 

And finally, in 2011, Northwood was named as the CCS Piedmont Triad Education Consortium Signature School recipient, and in 2012 was chosen by the Washington Post as a National Challenge School for outstanding student achievement. Please contact us to make an appointment to tour our school, or to find out more about Northwood High School.  You can visit our website at http://nhs.chatham.k12.nc.us/ or by scanning our QR symbol (at the right).