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About This School

Northwood High is a public high school in Pittsboro. The principal of Northwood High is Dr Justin Bartholomew, who can be contacted at jbartholomew@chatham.k12.nc.us. 1,069 students attend Northwood High and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. 29% of the 1,069 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Northwood High is 15:1. Carrboro High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 68% 55%
Multiracial 3% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 17% 12%
Hispanic 10% 28%
Asian 1% 0.9%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% 0.7%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2% 0.2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.01%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29% 52%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    As an alumnus of Northwood I can say that this school provided a really wonderful high school experience. The Arts Education program is top notch - it provided me with the opportunity to learn under the direction of very capable dance choral and theatre instructors and to pursue a desire to perform. As an honors student I excelled but was still challenged and learned from teachers who were very involved in the education of their students and who were willing to work with those who needed help or review outside of class. Under the leadership of former Principal Blice Northwood saw a dramatic change going from a school were fighting and drugs were a problem to a place where I felt incredibly safe. The staff truly care about the well-being of their students both in and outside the classroom.

  • (6 months ago)

    Good solid school. Great staff. Opportunities to get involved.Principal and Staff very open and kind. Sports Clubs wonderful knowledgeable guidance department. Every teacher in four years was great. One teacher in the English Department should be let go. Doesn't care about students. When they ask for help she shuts them down and doesn't guide the students. Junior's take this class usually. One teacher is unworthy. Thatxisca great record.

  • (6 months ago)

    Already recognized as one of the top public high schools in the country. Just won JFK Arts Award (only 3 in NC). My kids have access to every type of club activity academic class and sport. Only thing that could get better is the age of the building but I am sure that is coming soon! A wonderful community school!

  • (6 months ago)

    My daughter goes to Northwood and it is a great school i love the Art Education program and the many activities for the students to participate in. My daughter is in AVID program which is greart in preparing them for the University.

  • (6 months ago)

    Northwood continues to excel with balanced focus on academics athletics and the arts. This past year student SAT scores increased by 15 points. Other recent highlights include Leah Smith NHS Dance teacher receiving the most votes nationwide in a the Teacher Shout Out contest sponsored by Herff-Jones; Senior Kelsey O'Daniel's selection as a member of the National High School Honors Ensemble to perform in Carnegie Hall in February; and for the second time Northwood's selection as a Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts School of Excellence in North Carolina. It was one of only five NC schools recognized. Northwood previously received the award in 2002.

  • (10 months ago)

    This was a wonderful highschool I graduated from here in 2013 and loved every year. Some teachers were better at teaching their subjects than others but over all I did well. The administration was very helpful. Chris Blice is amazing. This school has many accomplishments under its belt including being the school with the oldest dance program in the state. The arts program here is very strong and the clubs and sports available to students are very well rounded. This school has been a school of distinction multiple times in the past and continues to be the leader in the county as far as test scores.

  • (2 years ago)

    The quality of the teachers has skyrocketed in the past 3 years. Thank goodness for Mr. Blise the principle. I hope he will be with us for many years to come. This community needed him right when we got him. N.W.H.S has prospered in acedemics social awareness school spirit respect and sports. It's a great thing.

  • (2 years ago)

    We have two students now going to this school and they love it. Has a great Marching Band and director plus can't say enough about our principal who has turned this school around in a short period of time and make us proud of it. Thanks to all their hard work. PS. Love the art programs there.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is awesome. I'm proud to be a student. The arts and sports programs are amazing and are one of the best in the state.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a Northwood High School parent. We currently have one student at NHS. She is our 3rd to attend Northwood and is a junior. Unfortunately NHS struggled during the years that our older two sons attended. On the bright side today the school is a totally different story. We have the best of administration and instructors. We are so thankful for the change over the past 2 years and see the brightest of future for Northwood students. We will be proud to say that our daughter is a 2012 graduate of Northwood High School

  • (3 years ago)

    My son transferred here his sophomore year. It was the best move for him. The teachers care it is a great environment & the principal is amazing. He is graduating this year and we are thankful got spent the past few years at Northwood.

  • (3 years ago)

    State summaries of last year's SAT scores shows that Northwood leads Chatham County Schools was above the state averages and only 2 points below the national averages. In addition NC released the 4 year graduation cohort data for last year and Northwood leads Chatham County Schools in this area as well. We've found the leadership and teachers to be professional positive and demanding. Our student's experience has been terrific.

  • (3 years ago)

    Since previous reviews were written this school has a new superintendent and a new principal (nominated for Principal of the Year last year). It is experiencing a renaissance with the completion of a $4.5 million renovation upgrades to arts & sports facilities and has been named one of Newsweek's 1500 Best High Schools for the past two year. Dedicated staff talented students and involved parents have made huge strides and continue to make improvements and offer more opportunities for students to excel.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great school... The best school i have ever been at before...

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is older in appearance but there are a great many changes underway- especially with recent county commission funding. The teachers seem to be vested in each student. My student has been at NHS for almost two years and I can only say Go Chargers!

  • (6 years ago)

    This school has had a history of problems from many aspects. It is extremely overcrowded. The school still lacks programs such as JR-ROTC and like many schools in Chatham County has also suffered from a lack of county funding. The overall problem is that the school and county school board have not kept up with the explosive population growth in eastern Chatham County. This was once a mainly rural school that has quickly turned into a suburban school within the past 10 years. The addition of mobile units have only done but so much to help this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    NHS is great and an awesome place to be the teachers care so much!

  • (7 years ago)

    Northwood High School is an extremely over populated school. The trailers just keep on coming. The school is also in some serious need of repair. With little funding from the current situations with the Chatham County School board it doesn't look like there will be any major changes anytime soon.

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