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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:

Summer 2020 Office Hours : Monday - Thursday: 8 am -12:00 pm. 
After office hours, please communicate via email.

Normal School Hours: 8 am - 3 pm (M, T, Th, F), 8 am - 2:30 pm (Wednesday) 
School Office Hours7:30 am - 4 pm (Mon-Fri)
Absences: Parents or legal guardians to report an absence, please call the school at 773-4127 with your student's name, grade, and reason absent.  Absences must be reported by noon. 
  • Students may not call themselves in as absent. 

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


    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.

    Mission Statement

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

    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 | 2019

    Scholastic Art Competition Winners: Jan 2020


    NWHS Academic Teams


    IHSPA Logue Awards

    IHSPA First Amendment Symposium

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