We have had a fantastic start to the 2016-2017 school year! The staff at Northwestern High School is committed to providing an engaging, relevant, and rigorous educational experience. Stop by and spend some time in our classrooms and you will know why NHS is the only 4-Star school in Howard County!
We work with all students to ensure College and Career Readiness. Our Student Services Department (formally Guidance Department) is diligent in making sure students fulfill the graduation requirements. Our goal is to fully prepare your child for success after high school.
In addition to our academic success, NHS offers many athletic and extracurricular opportunities for students. Please join us for a play, choir concert, robotics competition, band competition, sporting event or any other extra-curricular activity to experience NHS pride and school spirit.
We welcome your suggestions and feedback! Please feel free to stop by or contact the office at any time.
Click here to view, print, or save photo booth pictures from Prom 2016!
2014-2015 Pesticide Registry
By completing the Pesticide Notification Registry Form one will be notified 48 hours in advance of any application of pesticides at Northwestern Schools.
Don't forget to order your 2015 Panorama Yearbook!
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Welcome to Northwestern's Honors/AP/ACP/Dual Credit Summer Page! The following is a list of teachers that teach dual credit courses with summer work, and you can find the work by contacting Student Services:
Mr. Berry-Agribusiness Management no summer assignment
Mrs. Blunt-Honors English 9
Mrs. Busailah-IU Speech and English 12 AP
Mr. Gilmore-ED Profession no summer assignment
Mrs. Johnston-Apps Design/Development no summer assignment
Mr. Koetter-Advanced Manufacturing
Mr. Layden-Honors Biology summer assignment, AP Biology
Mrs. Miller-AP Composition
Mr. Williams-AP Phisics no summer assignment
Mrs. Wilson-AP Chemistry and Honors Biology
Mr. Wilson-Spanish 3 & 4 no summer assignment
Go to Mrs. Miller's NHS info page
National Honor Society
Opportunity for membership in the Northwestern Chapter of National Honor Society occurs during the second semester of junior and/or senior years. To become a member, the student must first qualify in the area of scholarship and then must meet the conditions outlined under character, service, and leadership. All applications will be reviewed and voted on by a Faculty Council appointed by the Principal.
Scholarship – Must have a cumulative “B” grade point average, which is a 7.900 on Northwestern’s grading scale. Every student who qualifies with this grade point average will be invited to apply for membership. After submitting an application, the student will be considered for membership based on the following criteria:
Character – This includes a demonstration of honesty, reliability, observation of rules, perseverance and application to studies, avoidance of cheating in any form, lack of participation in illegal activities such as drinking of alcoholic beverages and the consumption of illegal drugs, and exemplification of desirable personality traits (cheerfulness, friendliness, and stability). Character will be considered by staff evaluation and by evaluation of each student’s discipline record.
Service – The student must have been active in at least four different Northwestern High School service clubs and/or community organizations/activities/clubs OR accumulated a minimum of 15 volunteer hours in one organization. Service is the goal of this category. Service is defined as reaching out and assisting others or performing a useful community service without receiving compensation. Documentation of your acts of service should be included with the NHS application.
Leadership – The candidate must hold at least one major leadership position at Northwestern High School or in an outside group, such as class officer, club officer, society officer, editor of newspaper or yearbook, varsity athlete or cheerleader, band drum major, band captains, band/choir section leader, and varsity singer. If the applicant does not currently hold a leadership position, he/she may still meet this criterion if he/she can list three leadership roles held previously at school or in the community since the ninth grade.
It is important for you to follow the instructions for the application. Please make sure to submit the application by the due date. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered. Students should begin developing their membership potential for National Honor Society in their freshman year of high school. If you have any questions about National Honor Society, please contact Mrs. A. Miller, the faculty advisor.