School Details

Northwood Jr High School

945 North Avenue, Highland Park, IL 60035
(847) 432-4770
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 447 students 10 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

70%
77%
60%
68%
76%
57%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2013-2014 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard. In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.
  • This school in 2014
  • North Shore School District 112 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
76%
58%
68%
76%
59%
92%
91%
80%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2013-2014 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard. In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.
  • This school in 2014
  • North Shore School District 112 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

57%
70%
60%
61%
72%
56%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2013-2014 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard. In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.
  • This school in 2014
  • North Shore School District 112 average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Northwood Jr High School is a public middle school in Highland Park. The principal of Northwood Jr High School is Jennifer Ferrari Monica Schroeder. 447 students attend Northwood Jr High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 20% of the Northwood Jr High School students have "limited English proficiency." 33% of the 447 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 44% get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Northwood Jr High School is 10:1. St James School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 50% 70%
Hispanic 43% 24%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 2%
Multiracial 2% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0%
Asian 1% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44% 22%
Limited English proficiency 20% 13%
Economically disadvantaged 33% 16%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is wonderful. First off there is a wonderful diverse culture at Northwood Jr. High along with the dual language program. (The dual language program is when students speak spanish fluently in the subjects spanish & social studies in Northwood). Another wonderful thing about Northwood Jr. High is that every year Northwood holds their annual "Roots Fests" celebration. It's when students celebrate their roots (their background & nationality). Performers come from all over the place & students showcase their "roots". Northwood is a wonderful place to go to school & you learn so much there. You not only learn math or science you learn about culture & how to respect it. 5 Stars All The Way!

  • (2 years ago)

    The vast majority of the teachers at Northwood are truly outstanding in their craft (and I don't say that easily). One received a golden apple recently and I can think of several others who should receive one too. Like most public schools Northwood has some mediocre teachers also who are kept around which is disappointing but they are fewer and farther between than in our experience in other schools. The leadership is very dedicated invested and always available and they try to be innovative within the confines of the district and tenure/union rules. I couldn't give 5 stars though because they could be much more innovative and need to do something dramatic to get themselves off of the no child left behind failing to meet adequate yearly progress list. The school also needs more extra curricular options. One thing many kids want to do is the annual play but sadly two of the teachers who run it are unprofessional yelling at the kids and favoring certain kids. So many parents and kids complain but the same people are hired again to run the play the next year. These teachers turned my child (and many others) off of theater forever!

  • (4 years ago)

    Now with 2 kids at Northwood I continue to be more impressed with the dedication of the teachers and staff. Each child is well known strengths and weaknesses and challenged accordingly. This is the most diverse school in Highland Park with kids from Fort Sheridan and Highwood. Due to the nature of the transiency of military families the test scores are skewed but all the kids regardless of background are given the tools to excel if they choose to take advantage of them. The other schools in the district show better scores but they have a less diverse population with one culture which is fine but not the real world (if that is what youu want for your kids)

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a teacher at Northwood. The teachers at Northwood truly are invested in doing a great job and reaching all students regardless of their level. Maybe it is because we have a relatively smaller middle school (approx 450 students) but the commitment of the teachers is really inspiring. I am proud to work in this school!

  • (5 years ago)

    After attending Wayne Thomas elementry school which was outstanding Northwood has been a real disappointment to my child. The teaching is reasonable but the leadership leaves much to be desired. Indeed Ms. Ferrari the principal has been lacking in many facets of the job. My recommendation would be to avoid Northwood if possible

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a wonderful school that gives each kid the opportunity to learn and grow. There are tons of pre and after school activities sports and the staff are wonderful. The great schools rating based on state standarized test scores can be misleading as this school is every bit as good as the others in District 112 Highland Park.

  • (8 years ago)

    Any student attending this school will have a special experience because of the level of education that is expected from them and the social awarness they will experience.

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(based on 9 ratings & reviews)

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