Northwest High School

13501 Richter Farm Rd
Germantown, MD 20874
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
10/
10
Top 5%
Northwest High School serves 2,519 students in grades 9-12.
Northwest High School placed in the top 5% of all schools in Maryland for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 5%, and reading proficiency is top 10%) for the 2020-21 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 68% (which is higher than the Maryland state average of 20%) for the 2020-21 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 69% (which is higher than the Maryland state average of 36%) for the 2020-21 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 is higher than the Maryland state level of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 76% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is higher than the Maryland state average of 66% (majority Black and Hispanic).

Quick Stats (2024)

  • School Type: Magnet School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 2,519 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 17:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 76%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 96% (Top 20% in MD)
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Top 5%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 68% (Top 5%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 69% (Top 10%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), MD Dept. of Education

Top Rankings

Northwest High School ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Maryland for:

School Overview

Northwest High School's student population of 2,519 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 145 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
School Type
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
(offers virtual instruction)
Total Students
2,519 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
145 teachers
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School Rankings

Northwest High School is ranked within the top 5% of all 1,343 schools in Maryland (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2020-21 school year.
The diversity score of Northwest High School is 0.78, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2021-2022 School Year Data
This School
State Level (MD)
Overall Testing Rank
#50 out of 1343 schools
(Top 5%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
68%
20%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
69%
36%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
17:1
14:1
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American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
21%
7%
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Hispanic
23%
21%
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Black
27%
33%
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White
24%
34%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
5%
5%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.78
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Graduation Rate
96%
87%
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Participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
Yes
Eligible for Free Lunch
23%
38%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
6%
4%
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Source: 2021-2022 (latest school year available) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), MD Dept. of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Northwest High School's ranking?
Northwest High School is ranked #50 out of 1,343 schools, which ranks it among the top 5% of public schools in Maryland.
What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?
68% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 20% MD state average), while 69% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 36% MD state average).
What is the graduation rate of Northwest High School?
The graduation rate of Northwest High School is 96%, which is higher than the Maryland state average of 87%.
How many students attend Northwest High School?
2,519 students attend Northwest High School.
What is the racial composition of the student body?
27% of Northwest High School students are Black, 24% of students are White, 23% of students are Hispanic, 21% of students are Asian, and 5% of students are Two or more races.
What is the student:teacher ratio of Northwest High School?
Northwest High School has a student ration of 17:1, which is higher than the Maryland state average of 14:1.
What grades does Northwest High School offer ?
Northwest High School offers enrollment in grades 9-12 (offers virtual instruction).
What school district is Northwest High School part of?
Northwest High School is part of Montgomery County Public Schools School District.

School Reviews

4   8/3/2020
Northwest High School upholds a high level and quality education for a very diverse community.
- Posted by Parent - Mina

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • School Type: Magnet School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 2,519 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 17:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 76%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 96% (Top 20%)
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Top 5%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 68% (Top 5%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 69% (Top 10%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), MD Dept. of Education

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