Northwood High


Student Enrollment
Best High School in California
 Rating 10 out of 10
Grades 9 to 12th grade
School District Irvine Unified
Type Public
 Phone (949)936-7200
 Location 4515 Portola Pkwy.
Irvine, CA 92620
Charter School No

Northwood High has an academic rating significantly above the average for California high schools based on its high test performance and high AP course participation. It is ranked 14th in the best public high schools in California.

Data Citation: Unless otherwise noted, all information on this page is retrieved or calculated from data reported to the the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data and Civil Rights Data Collection for the 2014/2015 school year.

Racial Demographics

The Northwood High student body is mainly Asian Pacific with a significant White population and has high racial diversity.

Race Percent Students
Asian Pacific56.3%1,223
Native American Indian0.5%11
Hawaiian Pacific Inlander0.2%5
Two or more races3.7%80

Family Income

vs. other California high schools
Upper 3.5%

4.8% percent of the school's students are eligible for free lunch under the National School Lunch Program compared to the California high school median of 48.5%. By this measure, Northwood High students are largely wealthy and rank 44th in California for high school student family income.

Enrollment by Grade

Grade Students


State Standardized Test Performance

Proficient Students
Rank in California
10 out of 10

Students at Northwood High scored an average 82% of students proficient for math and reading as tested by the California Department of Education. Performance is significantly above the state high school median of 42% proficiency and places the school's test performance in the top 2.9% of California high schools.

Test Proficiency By Gender

Gender Math Proficient Reading Proficient
Girls80% to 84%*90% to 94%*
Boys75% to 79%*80% to 84%*

State Test Proficiency by Subgroup

Subgroup Math Proficient Reading Proficient
American Indiansuppressed*suppressed*
Asian & Pacific Islander85% to 89%*90% to 94%*
Blackless than 50%*50% or more*
Hispanic40% to 59%*60% to 79%*
Multiracial50% or more*50% or more*
White60% to 64%*80% to 84%*
With Disabilites21% to 39%*40% to 59%*
Limited English60% to 79%*40% to 59%*

*Indicates statistic has been anonymized to protect student privacy.

College Admission Test Scoring

Average SAT Score

The average SAT score for Northwood High students in 2016 was 1319.

College Admission Test Participation

Upperclassmen taking ACT or SAT
Rank in California
10 out of 10

763 out of 1,056 junior and senior of students took either the ACT or SAT test (72%). College admission testing participation is significantly above the California median rate of 29% and in the top 5% for participation.

AP Course and Test Performance

AP Class Enrollment Rate
AP Pass Rank in California
AP Pass Rate Rating
10 out of 10

Northwood High offers 17 AP courses. 31 percent of grade nine through twelve students are enrolled in at least one AP class. The AP participation rate is in the 82% percentile and well above the median AP enrollment rate for all California schools of 21%. Northwood High had 584 taking AP exams with a 554 passing at least one exam. The AP pass rate is in the 98% percentile and significantly above the California state median of 55 percent.

School State
AP Test Pass Rate 95% 55%
Students enrolled in an AP class 31% 21%
AP Math Enrollment Rate 12%
AP Science Enrollment Rate 18%
AP Other Enrollment Rate 24%
AP Courses Offered 17

Absenteeism Rate

School State
Overall Chronic Absenteeism Rate4%14%
Female Chronic Absenteeism Rate4%
Male Chronic Absenteeism Rate4%

Police Referral Rate

Group Percent Referrals
All Students0%0
California Median0%

Police Arrest Rate

Group Percent Arrests
All Students0%0

Expulsion Rate

Group Percent Expulsions
All Students0%0
California Median0%

In-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students0%0
California Median0.3%

Out-of-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students0.9%18


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4515 Portola Pkwy.
Irvine, CA

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