Northwest Catholic High School

  • Northwest Catholic High School is the school where you know you belong.
  • Located in the beautiful town of West Hartford, ranked #15 in Best Places to Live in the U.S., Northwest Catholic is home to a vibrant, diverse, academically-driven, service-oriented community. For the second year in row, the School is ranked #1 Catholic School in Hartford County.
  • Northwest Catholic High School offers a comprehensive and challenging academic program, including 17 Advanced Placement courses and Honors courses in every discipline. With the help of experienced school counselors, students build an ambitious course of study that begins their first day and continues until graduation.
  • 98% of NWC graduates continue on to four-year colleges and universities across the country, many with merit-based scholarships, highlighting the degree of preparation and quality of instruction offered at the School.
  • Faith and service at NWC grow out of its rigorous academic program and focus on leadership formation.
  • Every student at NWC participates in a unique, four-year leadership curriculum called LEADS as well as retreats, field trips, and school-wide assemblies to help them grow in faith and build community.
  • Our promise at Northwest Catholic is to educate the whole person - mind, body, spirit, and imagination.
  • We look to our MOTTO to guide us. In lumina tuo videbimus lumen. In Your light we shall see light. Everything we do at NWC, every act and every interaction, is an opportunity to be the light of Christ for one another.
  • OUR MISSION: We are NORTHWEST CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL. We are a diverse, Catholic, co-ed, college preparatory community. We educate the whole person, mind, body, spirit, and imagination. We develop leaders who faithfully serve God and others.
  • OUR VALUES: Faith, Respect, Diverse Community, Leadership and Service, Education of the Whole Person -- mind, body, spirit, and imagination
  • OUR GRADUATE PROFILE: A Northwest Graduate Graduate Aspires To Be... intellectually curious, spiritually aware, a compassionate leader, community focused, and a whole person.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1961

Student Body

Total Students524 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
32%
State avg.: 22%
Students by GradeNorthwest Catholic High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers44 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio12:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
63%
Average Class Size18 students
Number of AP Courses17 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1202
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$14,900
Tuition NotesThere is a separate schedule for tuition and fees for international students.
% on Financial Aid
52%
Admissions DirectorNancy S. Bannon
Admissions AssociateCindy Fusco

Sports

Total Sports Offered17 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Diving, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter TrackBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
DivingField Hockey,
FootballGolf,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
SoccerSoftball,
SwimmingTennis,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Winter Track

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.20 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Art & Anime Club, Computer Club, Diversity Equity Unity Club, Literary Magazine, Math Team, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, Newspaper, Prayer Group, Pro-Life Club, Relay 4 Life, Robotics, Student Council, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Dramateurs, Empty Bowls, Unified Jazz, Unified Theater

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Ski Club, Unified Sports

School Notes

  • Located in the beautiful town of West Hartford, ranked in 2016 by time.com as #15 in Best Places to Live in the U.S., Northwest Catholic is home to a vibrant, diverse, academically-driven, service-oriented community.
  • NWC offers a comprehensive academic program, including 16 Advanced Placement courses and 36 Honors courses. With the help of experienced school counselors, students build a challenging course of study that begins their first day and continues until graduation. 98% of NWC graduates continue on to four-year colleges and universities across the country, many with merit-based scholarships, highlighting the degree of preparation and quality of instruction offered at the School. NWC`s academic success is touted throughout Connecticut`s capital region. In 2017 Northwest Catholic was ranked by niche.com as the #1 Catholic school in Greater Hartford.
  • Faith and service at NWC grow out of its rigorous academic program and focus on leadership formation. Our students are challenged to reach beyond their known limits. Whether in the classroom, on the athletic field, on the stage, or serving in a local shelter, school, or nursing home, Northwest Catholic students put servant leadership into practice daily. Every student at NWC participates in a unique, four-year leadership curriculum called L.E.A.D.S. as well as retreats, field trips, and school-wide assemblies to help them grow in faith and build community.
  • Our mission at Northwest Catholic is to educate the whole person - mind, body, spirit, and imagination. We believe that an education that does not take into account a student`s spiritual life is incomplete. We encourage excellence, and as each student strives for it - academically, athletically, and artistically - he or she becomes a person of faith and service.
  • We look to our motto to guide us. In lumina tuo videbimus lumen. In Your light we shall see light. Everything we do at NWC, every act and every interaction, is an opportunity to be the light of Christ for one another. It is this spirit of faith and light that has distinguished the NWC community for over half a century.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • West Hartford
    Grades: 6-12 | 512 students
    3 miles
    170 Kingswood Road
    West Hartford, CT 06119
    (860)727-5000
    3 6-12
    512
  • West Hartford
    Grades: NS-8 | 347 students
    1.5 miles
    2865 Albany Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06117
    (860)236-1661
    1.5 NS-8
    347
  • Farmington
    Grades: 9-12 | 313 students
    6.6 miles
    60 Main Street
    Farmington, CT 06032
    (860)409-3500
    6.6 9-12
    313
  • Hartford
    Grades: 6-12 | 243 students
    2.1 miles
    180 Bloomfield Avenue
    Hartford, CT 06105
    (860)236-5618
    2.1 6-12
    243
  • Simsbury
    Grades: 9-12 | 398 students
    6.4 miles
    995 Hopmeadow Street
    Simsbury, CT 06070
    (860)408-3060
    6.4 9-12
    398

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
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The quality of academics are extraordinary at NWC, especially in comparison to public schools. I feel that I was pushed at school, but always offered many resources to help me with the challenge. Because of the smallness of the school, I felt I was able to have relationships with all my teachers as well as other teachers at the school that I never even had in class. The bathrooms definitely need an update and NWC needs new desks but other than that, the facilities are good!
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