School Details

Northwestern High School

6050 Linwood Street, Detroit, MI 48208
(313) 596-0700

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 631 students 17 students/teacher (MI avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade




Michigan Merit Examination (MME)

In 2011-2012 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2011
  • Detroit Public Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Northwestern High School is a public high school in Detroit. The principal of Northwestern High School is Principal Steven Elam, whose e-mail is 631 students go to Northwestern High School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 88% of the 631 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Northwestern High School is 17:1. West Side Academy Alt. Ed is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 95% 88%
Hispanic 3% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 2% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.08% 0.9%
Multiracial 0% %
Asian 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 88% 77%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    NW is an average school but has the potential to be great. The majority teachers try there best to educate the students. Many teachers not only teach they act as parent figures help students financially donate clothing and encourage emotionally challenged students. The major issue I found however as a former teacher/staff member teachers cannot teach because they are too busy disciplining. A teacher has to call security then it takes about 30 minutes of class time to settle the students and write an incident report wasting valuable lesson time. Additionally there are little to no consequences for students that act out and fight in the classroom. Students may get suspended for a day or two for there actions but laugh it off as a few days vacation. Many teachers endure disrespectful swearing and some are scared and intimidated. Many kids walk the hallways with sagging pants disrupting other class rooms. I believe the leadership at NW truly means well however there is a serious disciplinary problem that needs to be fixed. Some security at the school are more like friends with the students instead of disciplinarians. Fix this problem and this school will be great.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a former student of Northwestern and might I add GRADUATE. I must say yes the school needs some work but overall it is a great school. Everyone is so hard on the teachers but in their defense they can only do so much. The main complaint I had was I found it unfair that because there were students in the class that didn't want to learn the teachers couldnt give that one on one attention. Lastly I would like to add to the students and parents that complain about the school you can help improve the conditions by participating or volunteering after all it is your school and if you don't take pride in this school how can you expect anyone else to.??Teamwork and communication goes a long way.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a parent I am very displeased with the overall atmosphere and learning environment of Northwestern High School. Due to their extreme overcrowding the safety of the school has declined tremendously. A child of mine was robbed right out in front of the school. The administrators have no idea how to operate a school effectively and the counselors are utterly impossible to contact. Since my children have begun attending Northwestern their academics have declined and their behaviors have been influenced and compromised. The only positive aspect about Northwestern is their teachers. Most of the teachers that comprise Northwestern are genuine people with a true passion for teaching. I commend the teachers for their hardwork and dedication but I am sorry that I cannot say the same for the administrators that run the school.

  • (9 years ago)

    As a former student the education I gained from Northwestern allowed me to gain three degrees including a master s degree from an Ivy League School. If you're a middle school student considering the Big Three (Cass King and Renn) you could be a star at Northwestern. Students that work hard attract the attention of dedicated faculty and staff. The school offers special college prep programs that are peerless.

  • (10 years ago)

    If you live in Detroit and you want your child to recieve a quality education. You should send them to Northwestern they have the only planetarium on this side of the state. The have two libraries (regular and science). The teachers are well educated and know there material. These teachers will prepare you child for college. I am an alummi of the big N.O. and I must say that they have prepared me for college. In fact the only difference between the big three and northwestern is the caliber of the students thats all.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school is decent the reson way I say this is because its downs outway is ups the school is not in the best shape the bathrooms are the pits the carpet in the classrooms are the pits and when you want to know the time the clocks is only good one time during the day but for the most part the teachers are very smart thay do there best to help you with your needs the principal is how can I say there well some times only time you rely see hem active is on count day so if you live in detroit and you want you kid to have a decent euducation come to Northwestern.

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