Northwood's academic schedule is divided into trimesters. During each trimester, students schedules are comprised of offerings from within our Core Curriculum while allowing time and space within their schedules to choose options from our Signature Academic Programs.
Most students will take 5 or 6 courses each trimester. Some courses will run for the entire academic year, while others are offered for individual trimesters. The trimester model allows Northwood's students to explore the depths of our offerings and creates opportunities for choice within an academic program starting in the 9th grade. Academic schedules for newly enrolled students are created by Dean of Academic Affairs, Jill Walker, in consultation with newly enrolled students and their respective class dean. The course selection process for our returning students is done by students and their advisors with guidance provided by the Dean of Academic Affairs and College Counseling Office.
- 4 Years English (including a year of senior-level English*),
- 3 Years Social Science (including a year of US History),
- 3 Years Laboratory Science,
- 3 Years Mathematics,
- 2 Years Foreign Language*,
- 1 Year Fine Arts,
- 1 Trimester Health.
*International students whose first language is not English may be excused from the foreign language and senior-level English course requirement.