Northwestern High School

6900 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215
(410) 396-0646

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 691 students 17 students/teacher ( avg is )

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High School Assessments (HSA)

In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) to test students in English 2, Algebra, and Biology upon completion of each course. The HSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. Beginning with the class of 2009, students are required to pass the tests in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Baltimore City Public Schools average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Northwestern High School is a public high school. 691 children attend Northwestern High School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 2% of the Northwestern High School students have "limited English proficiency." 87% of the 691 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Northwestern High School is 17:1. The Shoshana S Cardin School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 95% 86%
Hispanic 2% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 2% 8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Asian 1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0%
Multiracial 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 87% 84%
Limited English proficiency 2% 3%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I absolutely hated this school between the years of 2007-2010 . I believe the school has gotten better since when I was there.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am happy to no longer have my child at this school. It is not a safe environment. The principal is terrible and the secretary can be unpleasant to deal with. I went to the principal with a concern about bullying (agressive behavior) and being in a safe environment.. The school dont care and i had a lady councilors ( with dreads) she acked like a former gang member) she had students that she was close to and said she understand fighting sometimes) what the heck! I found out doors had been left open and teachers didn't carry keys. When I asked about the consequence for a child that pushed a child in the hall way or a child that threw things in the class and hit another student she didn't give me a response that answered my question. I found out both children where allowed in the classroom soon after the events. The school tolerates aggression in the classrooms and the hall ways are like play grownds My child is also happy to be in new schools. If you live in the city don't send your child here pay for private school if you can but Nothwestern High Is by far the worst high in the WORLD!

  • (4 years ago)

    They are willing to get involved to make sure the student suceeds. Teacher involvement with the partent is excellent.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a parent i have seen improvement in the school this year. The Principal really want to see all student do well he has an open door policy. they are adding new classes next year that will draw new students. The teachers and staff has changed this year i can really see Northwestern back on the road of success and becoming another City Poly Mervo. don't get me wrong we had a few problem but thing are a lot better

  • (8 years ago)

    This is my daughter's first year at Northwestern. She absolutely loves this school. I am happy that the school is making physical changes. The students need to make changes also. Once students realize the quality of education the school will be much better. Students need to practice self control. The school needs more parent involvement. I am happy with the staff. They have a busy and difficult job which I have come to appreciate.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a 2006 graduate of Northwestern and i am going on to attend goucher college with a full scholarship. Northwestern is a great school with great teachers. The problem is that the students aren't dedicated and determined to learn. If the school had more funds to work with we may see better results. I was a student that loved to learn but was classified by the school i attended.

  • (11 years ago)

    I also agree this school is the worst in the district. The discipline is terrible. Numorous students walking the halls. The bathrooms are the most unhanded Ive ever seen in my life. This school needs a change.

  • (12 years ago)

    This school is one of worst in the district. The special education dept. is not up on new learning disabilities with children. Most of the teachers need additional training with inner city children. And the student teacher ratio is not 17 to 1; it's 25 maybe 30 to 1. I was a graduate from this school in 1978 and the overall moral of the school is zero. Children need to be in a school where they can express themselves and feel as though they are a part of the school no matter what level of learning they might be at.

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