NorthWood High School Home

NorthWood High School Home

Welcome to NorthWood High School

It is an honor to welcome you to NorthWood High School. We are proud to serve our students, parents, and community.  The faculty and administration offers our students the opportunity to develop their knowledge in a challenging and supportive environment.

NorthWood High School is a comprehensive four-year school, known for its high academic achievement as well as its extra-curricular accomplishments. The school is located between the communities of Wakarusa and Nappanee and embodies the motto “A Tradition of Excellence.” The current school enrollment is approximately 900 students in grades 9 through 12. There are 53 faculty instructors of which thirty percent have 5 or fewer years, fifty percent have 6-20 years, and twenty percent have more than 20 years of service.   

NorthWood students consistently exceed the expectations of local, state, and federal mandates in the area of student performance measured through ECA, SAT, ACT, and AP/ACP scores and courses. Over sixty-five percent of the student body participates in some form of extra-curricular activities. Athletically, NorthWood is a member of the Northern Lakes Conference and is very competitive in IHSAA and conference contests. Our instrumental and vocal music students are equally active in ISSMA contests and have experienced a great deal of success. Additionally, our FFA and Yearbook programs have been recognized annually through successful competitions at the state and national level. 

Parents, friends, and local citizens are encouraged to be a vital part of our school. Please contact us if you would like to partner with us in our endeavors to provide outstanding educational experiences and opportunities for our students. 

Welcome to NorthWood High School,

David L. Maugel, Principal 

Important School Information:

School Hours: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm (M, T, Th, F), 8:00 am - 2:30 pm (Wednesday)
School Office Hours7:30 am - 4:00 pm (Mon-Fri), Summer Dates & Hours: TBA
Absences: To report an absence, please call the school at 773-4127, you may leave a message.  Absences must be reported by noon.

Closings or Delays: There will be a red banner at the top of all Wa-Nee Websites announcing a delay or closing.


Mission Statement

NorthWood High School prepares students for the greater community in a safe environment which promotes high expectations through innovative learning.

Vision Statement

NorthWood High School aspires to be an exemplary school in all areas. We aim to develop leaders who commit to improve the school, facilitate participation in the decision-making process, and foster positive relationships between community, parents, staff, and students. Further, our school strives to develop students who maximize their full potential through a commitment to academic achievement, character development, and critical thinking. NorthWood High School ensures and maintains a diverse, evolving selection of required and courses that foster intellectual options while utilizing ever-evolving curriculum maps and common assessments to produce lifelong learners and productive citizens. As an exemplary school, we recognize that parents, guardians, and the community play an active role in the education of our children through support of both academic and co-curricular organizations. We strive to recruit, grow, and retain a staff that works collaboratively and respectfully with all stakeholders to promote high expectations for themselves and their students, to recognize the values of the community, and to foster community service. NorthWood High School aspires to cultivate a safe, positive, collaborative environment in which all students, faculty and community members feel valued and respected.

Core Values

Integrity, Innovative Learning, Flexibility, Community Oriented, Compassionate, & Encouraging

School Improvement Goals

Goal #1: All students at NorthWood High School will improve reading comprehension.
Goal #2: 92% of all students will graduate.
Goal #3: Curriculum, instruction, and assessment are monitored and adjusted systematically in response to data from multiple assessments of student learning and an examination of professional practices.
Goal #4: Faculty and staff are trained to evaluate, interpret, and use data to analyze student performance and monitor student progress towards graduation incorporating technology systems to manage student information.


Important Yearbook Information

Important news from Yearbook... More +

Congratulations Whoosh Force!

NorthWood High School's own Whoosh Force finished 3rd in the state and 31st in the nation... More +

Congratulations NWHS - Triple State Finalist

NWHS received the Award of Excellence from the IASP for being a Triple State Finalist....   More +

Indiana Academic All-State

Congratulations Dawson Bley.... More +

Congratulations State Champion Academic Teams!


Open Swim

Do you like to swim or does your family like to swim?... More +


NorthWood High School A Four-Star School
Congratulations to the faculty and students at NorthWood High School for earning a Four-Star status from the Indiana Department of Education!
This is the 7th consecutive year NorthWood High School has held this honor.

Academic State Championship Titles 

Fine Arts | 2015 | 2014 | 2012 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2005
Interdisciplinary | 2019 |2018 | 2017 | 2013 | 2011 | 1999
Math | 2009 | 2008
Science | 2017 | 2016 | 2009 | 2007 | 2005 | 2003 | 1998 | 1994 | 1993 
Social Studies |2019 |2018

Athletic State Championship Titles
Class 3A Football Champions | 2005
Class 3A Women's Basketball Champions | 1999


NWHS Academic Teams


IHSPA Logue Awards

IHSPA First Amendment Symposium

Upcoming Events - Click on event for more information


Homecoming Week Events: Sept. 15-20th

Sun Sep 15 2019
to Fri Sep 20 2019


Panthers on Parade

Sat Sep 28 2019

NWHS Fall Choral Showcase

Tue Oct 15 2019

Fall Break: No school

Fri Oct 18 2019
to Mon Oct 21 2019


1st Trimester Final Exams

Thu Nov 7 2019

1st Trimester Final Exams

Fri Nov 8 2019

End of 1st Trimester

Fri Nov 8 2019



LEAP Documents

Homeless Information

© 2019. Wa-Nee Community Schools. All Rights Reserved. School CMS Created by eSchoolView
View text-based website