Northwestern High School


Akron Hub

School Type

Public School


9, 10, 11, 12

Northwestern High School is an innovative, progressive, rural school located on a PreK-12 campus, which adopted STEM programs in 2006. We prepare our students today for tomorrow’s opportunities through engaging, authentic, project-based instruction. Rigor, relevance, and relationships, college and career readiness with 21st century skills are the focus. Northwestern High School received STEM School Designation in spring of 2014, earned National PLTW Accreditation in 2011 for both our 4-year Engineering and 4-year Biomedical Programs, earned Ohio High School of Honor in 2014, earned the SREB National Gold High School Award in 2014, named Ohio School of promise for 4 consecutive years – 2010-2014, and we earned the prestigious Thomas Edison High School Biology Award in 2013. We also offer more than 50 credits of college credits in our high school and many students complete more than 1 full year of college prior to high school graduation. Northwestern campus houses our “”Inspiration Station”” STEM Makerbox Lab, which embraces project-based instruction and includes sophisticated equipment such as CNC machine, CNC router, 3-D printer, laser engraver, robotics equipment, 2 drone helicopters, saws, Chromebooks, and ever-increasing additional printers, equipment, and instruments. Current STEM courses consist of Principals of Biomedical Detectives, Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions, Biomedical Innovation, Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics, Engineering Design & Development, Senior Seminar Career Research Capstone, Computer Technology I, and Computer Technology II. Northwestern collaboratively works with business and post-secondary partners to develop curriculum. We are currently developing additional STEM career paths in the areas of advanced technology, entrepreneurship/business, and renewable energy through collaboration with partners OSU/ATI (Agricultural Technology Institute), North Central State College, Wayne College University of Akron, Stark State College, and Sinclair College. These will be blended with technology, as well as increase certificated and college credit course offerings. Northwestern High School also believes in the fine arts and humanities. Project-based instruction and extracurricular activities from Band to Art Club, Foreign Language Club, Robotics Club and competitions, Environmental Club, Drama Club, and athletics embraces relationships and authentic instruction. Our student-centered focus and facilitative methods forge long-standing teacher-student relationships, encourages student ownership, responsibility, teamwork, which enhances student achievement and promotes future success. Northwestern is affiliated with the Ohio STEM Learning Network, Akron STEM Region, High Schools that Work, Southern Regional Education Board, BioOhio, NE Ohio Bioscience Consortium, Wayne County Economic Development WIN Council, and Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce.

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