Northwest Middle School is dedicated to the academic excellence of all students. Over the past four years, student achievement has increased in language arts, science, and math because of our focused, collaborative work that creates relevant, engaging learning opportunities for our students. Students at Northwest LOVE coming to school because collectively we are CONNECTED, THOUGHTFUL and RESPONSIBLE.
- We have teachers, staff, and administrators who know their students and care about them. We do our best to make sure that every student has at least one adult who they trust and can go to when they need help. We are proud of our rich school culture made up racially, linguistically, and culturally amazing students. We honor what they bring to our school and nurture their individuality.
- Our students feel smart and successful. Over 400 of our students have a GPA of 3.2 or higher and are proud to be in the Warrior Club. We moved from one of the lowest achieving schools to one of the highest achieving schools in the state. In the past, our students averaged a fourth-grade reading ability, and now our studentsÍ reading abilities average their grade level.
- We do everything to meet the needs of our students through a strong special education program, extended language arts and math classes for an additional hour of learning, English Language Development classes for students who speak a language other than English at home, and ELP classes in math, science and language arts.
- We have an abundance of technology for learning. We have two computer labs, 17 new carts of laptops, and class sets of iPads. There are SmartBoards and document cameras in every classroom, as well as a closet full of science gadgets for hands-on learning.
- Our after school program called 8th period, is very popular. Students can choose to take classes such as cooking, book club, Pinterest crafts, soccer, basketball, dance, ceramics, word poetry, peer leadership, self-advocacy, and performing arts. We also provide academic supports with Brain Boost Homework Hall, science fair support, and small group interventions.
- The administration, counselors and teachers are strengthening our restorative justice practices in many ways. When students make poor decisions, they work with an adult to process the situation in a way that builds empathy for those who were affected. Students who need constant guidance are given a teacher mentor to meet with them regularly. Students who need time away from their peers are taught meditation and thoughtful decision making.