School Details

Parkway Northwest

7500 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119
(215) 248-6220

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 295 students 19 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Philadelphia City School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Parkway Northwest is a public high school in Philadelphia. The principal of Parkway Northwest is Ms Ethyl McGee. 295 students attend Parkway Northwest and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 35% of the 295 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Parkway Northwest is 19:1. Philadelphia Military Academy at Leeds is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 96% 56%
Hispanic 2% 19%
Multiracial 1% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 0.7% 14%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 7%
Asian 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35% 75%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    The sad case is that Philadelphia public schools as a whole need an overhaul and a refocus on education. While Parkway was usually great with selecting students without a violent propensity it has always lacked to draw many children with scholastic greatness. This is of course much less and indictment of it's teachers than of it's curriculum. Coming from Masterman middle school I could see the disparity between a child educated in the upper echelon of Philadelphia schools and the rest of Philadelphia schools. The theme is Peace and Social Justice and while that is nice it won't help you as much in this world as rigorous curriculum in Mathematics Literacy Programming Science or the Arts. The teachers want to help your child learn and it is a safe environment. If you would like to be prepared for college there are few schools that do that the work at Parkway is too easy for college preparation. Send your child if they are a "C" or below "C" at an average Philadelphia school if they are a C at an upper echelon and miss out on Central or Masterman etc. Unfortunately there is no middle ground school go private. Outside of being light years ahead of my peers I loved the school.

  • (3 years ago)

    My child told me that they are charged $5.00 whenever they do not wear uniform. Although i believe they should be in uniform i also believe that $5.00 is a bit to much. They did not send any letters home notifying the parents about this. The students also had to pay $5.00 if they did not pick up there transpasses on time. My question is where is the money going? I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone. The assistant principal is rude also. Maybe that is why she is getting bounced around from school to school. We the parents need to stand up and do whatever we can to get this woman out of here!

  • (5 years ago)

    i give this school no stars at all.. me being a former student i know first hand how things are ran there. its soooo much bad i can say... but its not even enough room.. please please please if your considering going here or you plan or sending your child.. please have have a plan b..this should be your last resort.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a current senior at Parkway Northwest and I believe that this school has its positives and negatives. We do not have hardly any extra-curricular activities the classrooms are kind of cramp and we are not taught at the academic level some of us deserve. On the other hand the teachers are very dedicated to helping us at school and after we graduate. This school gives us a certain amount of independence needed to grow and mature. This school is very safe and the campus is pretty.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm a student @ parkway northwest and this school is not that so great but it do get us ready for college and sometimes this school can do fun things

  • (5 years ago)

    This school has a tremendous theme...peace and social justice...that it is working to implement with new curriculum and many new programs. It is a regular public school not a charter and deserves a lot of credit for what they have accomplished and need help to keep the momentum rolling.

  • (5 years ago)

    Parkway NW is dedicated to peace and social justice and the teachers and students are working so hard to achieve academic excellence while combating violence and injustice. As a community member who has served on their advisory committee and who attends many school activities I commend their quarterly school wide seminars focused on complex issues of the day their program to introduce healthy and local food into their lunch program their numerous community service projects their award winning playwriting and poetry slams and the fabulous mural they painted last year. A public school with limited resources a school population with numerous challenges they are to be commended for their perseverence productivity and commitment.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am parent of a freshman at Parkway NW.I feel that it is a great school. My only concerns are the lack of extra cirricular activities and I thought it would be more diversity among the student body

  • (6 years ago)

    I attend parkway northwest and it is a great learning environment to be in and alot of diversity with in students and teachers.So far i have enjoyed my time at parkway northwest and is ready for the upcoming year!

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a former student of Parkway Northwest I graduated 2006. I think Parkway Northwest is one of few schools in the Philadelphia School District that provides students with a sense of security. The teachers try to enfroce independence into their students and show them various ways of thinking rather than just listening to one-sided views.

  • (9 years ago)

    the academic programs are good but it lacks availability of music art sports and extracurricular activities.

  • (10 years ago)

    Parkway Gamma is hyped up online. I attend Parkway Gamma and it is not all that it is cracked up to be. I am a senior at Parkway Gamma and I should know best. The teachers don't teach the students are beating up each other. There are no drinks being served at lunch and the best teacher that we ever had retired. Please future high school parents look into high schools before your child attends a school. Parkway capped me up.

  • (11 years ago)

    Im currenly a student (freshmen) at Parkway- Gamma H.S. This is a great school for your child to get invovled into thier community. Parkway has some of the best teachers in the West Philadelphia area compared to some of the schools in its community. 80% of the teachers provide tutoring before school starts at lunch and after school. There are several extracurricular programs that I know and that im currently invovled in. Of course Parkway-Gamma H.S. is a special admission school which means that you must have a 'C' average in the 7th grade and you must have all excellent or good behavior grades. The main goal of Parkway- Gamma is to prepare students for college. Its important that your motivated to attend college if you want to get into this school. I used to hate going to school until I came to Parkway because all the teachers give you extra help when you need it.

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