Academics

Christopher Stuck

Academic Dean
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College Preparation Rooted in the Catholic Tradition

Northwest Catholic offers an outstanding college preparatory curriculum rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition of faith in dialogue with reason. Offering a large array of advanced courses in both the humanities and STEM, we prepare our students to be well rounded individuals ready for the challenges of college study.

The faculty and staff at Northwest Catholic are lifelong learners who have made a commitment to excellence, guiding our students to the knowledge and skills they need to be successful at the next level. Through the use of differentiated teaching methods, technology, and personal experience, our teachers engage and challenge students to think critically, creatively, and collaboratively. These are skills that help our students not only in college, but also in life.

Our students consistently outperform national and state averages in college readiness and Advanced Placement exams. They go on to attend prestigious colleges and universities around the country. 

Northwest Catholic is a community where tradition “bleeds green,” where students know they belong, and where they know they make a difference.

Christopher Stuck
Dean of Academics

Design a Program Right for You

Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements
24 credits, including the following:
English 4
Mathematics 4
Religious Studies 4
Social Studies 3.5
Science 3
Foreign Language 2
Physical Education 1
Fine Arts .50
Health .50
LEADS Capstone Leadership Program .50

Advanced Placement Courses

  1. Biology
  2. Calculus AB 
  3. Chemistry
  4. Chinese
  5. Comparative Gov’t & Politics
  6. Computer Science 
  7. English Language 
  8. French
  9. Music Theory 
  10. Physics I
  11. Spanish
  12. Statistics
  13. Studio Art
  14. U.S. Gov’t & Politics
  15. English Literature 
  16. U.S. History

Advanced Placement Achievements 2017

  • 55 students named Advanced Placement Scholars
  • 81% of AP students scored 3+ on AP exams surpassing the state and global averages
  • 55% of graduating 2017 classs cored 3+ on at least one AP exam during high school
  • 56% of 11th and 12th graders participate in the AP Program

Honors Courses

  1. Freshman English
  2. American Literature
  3. English Literature
  4. Creative Writing
  5. Survey of Dramatic Literature
  6. Survey of British Drama
  7. Latin I, II, III, IV
  8. French I, II, III, IV
  9. Spanish II, III, IV
  10. Mandarin Chinese III, IV
  11. Topics in Chinese/American Culture
  12. Algebra I, II
  13. Geometry
  14. Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry
  15. Biology
  16. Chemistry
  17. Physics
  18. Anatomy and Physiology
  19. Environmental Science
  20. World History
  21. U.S. History
  22. Religion IV: HILL (Honors Institute for Leadership in Life)
  23. Art IV: Advanced Visual Arts Studio
  24. Wind Ensemble
  25. String Ensemble
  26. Advanced Jazz Band
  27. Concert Choir Women's Choir
  28. Jazz Choir
Dylan '18

The inspiring mentors whom I have met at NWC have made this school feel like a home and changed my life for the better.

Pawta '19

Teachers at Northwest Catholic motivate and inspire the students.

Paris '19

NWC always has a way to keep students from falling behind.

Matthew '19

At Northwest Catholic the teachers place a huge emphasis on how to be leaders, now and in the future.

Angelica '19

Teachers at NWC help students think for themselves instead of telling them what to think.