A Brief History of Northwood Middle School

Northwood Middle School

Northwood Middle School was opened in 1965 as a combination elementary and middle school. Each school had its own principal but shared the office and library facilities. In 1979 a program for gifted and talented students was introduced at Northwood. This program continued into the early 1980’s when it was disbanded and students returned to their home schools for a modified program based on the experimental model used at Northwood.

With the 1999–2000 school year, Northwood faced a major change when a second middle school opened in the area. The student body was reduced from over 1200 to about 900 students. Teachers were transferred and support staff were reduced. All portable classrooms were removed from the grounds and floating teachers were eliminated.

In January, 2008, a new era for Northwood Middle began when we moved into a new building that was erected next door to the old one. The new building came equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Every classroom is equipped with a Promethean Board. There are three computer labs, as well as three portable computer labs. We presently have approximately 835 students with 55 teachers.


Purpose grows from the core values and beliefs. It should be a broad, flexible, inspirational, and enduring statement that grabs the “soul” of each organizational member.

The purpose of Northwood Middle School is to assist all students in attaining their fullest potential as a contributing member of society.


 Mission is a brief, clear, and compelling goal that serves to unify an organization’s efforts. An effective mission must stretch and challenge the organization, yet be achievable.

The mission of Northwood Middle School is to develop responsible educated citizens by providing a variety of meaningful learning experiences.

Values and Beliefs

Values and beliefs are the shaping force behind the shared vision. They form the core of who we are, our ideas and beliefs about the work that we do, and how we think and feel about the work to be done at Northwood.

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Northwood Designated as National Forum School to Watch

In February 2022, Northwood was designated as a School to Watch by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform.  Our emphasis on strong academics, sensitivity to young adolescents' needs and interests, and commitment to providing all students equal access to a high-quality education resulted in this well-deserved recognition.  Clickable link to Schools to Watch 2022 Press Release 02/14/2022


U.S. News & World Report Top 50 Ranking

In October 2021, U.S. News & World Report announced their 2022 "Best K-8 Schools" rankings. For the first time, U.S. News published rankings and data on more than 80,000 public elementary and middle schools across the country. Schools were ranked at the state and district levels.  Out of 345 middle schools in the state, GCS had five schools in the Top 50 ... and Northwood Middle School holds the #41 SPOT IN THE STATE!  Clickable link to More Information on U.S. News & World Report Inaugural Middle School Best of the Best


GCS Security Plan & Law Enforcement Partnerships

Please take a moment to view this video from Greenville County Schools.  Like all schools, our policies and procedures at Northwood are in place to ensure that each student, staff member, and visitor enter a safe learning environment each day. 

Title IX / Sexual Harassment 

Please take a moment to review information regarding Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972


Reporting Bullying, Discrimination, Harassment, Intimidation, and Threats

Please take a moment to review information regarding reporting bullying, discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and threats .


Vetted Book List

Northwood Vetted Book List