Northwood’s got your back: superb student support


Michael Huang

READY, SET, GO!: Seniors Jessica Lin and Miya Grant review the most recent Statistics chapter content and homework before class together.

Pranav Gaddam, Staff Writer

The Northwood campus and staff provide a wide variety of resources ranging from emotional to academic support, so students can enjoy their four years of high school to the fullest.

College and Career Center

College and Career specialist Kathi Smith sends out a newsletter every Monday detailing the resources at the College and Career Center. The newsletter provides students up-to-date information about volunteering, competitions, college visits, test (SAT/ACT) dates, job opportunities, scholarships, summer programs and the Regional Occupational Programs (ROP). During the year, the College and Career Center also holds college and career presentations to provide students with a glimpse of what they want to do after high school.

“The better informed a student is, the more options are going to be available,” Smith said. “If coming to college and career center visits or workshops are going to give you that information, it’s going to be helpful for you.”


For some, it is considered an extended break, but for others, it’s time to do the homework they procrastinated on in the pod, classrooms or in the media center. Students who missed class can visit their teachers to catch up on classwork or make up tests.

“Tutorial is an opportunity for students to seek individual help from teachers compared to a class where there is 20-30 students,” math teacher Harry Lee said. “It is a great time for students to receive additional help and get further clarification on problems they need help with.”


The counseling department consists of five counselors that can aid in three domains: college/ career, academic and social/ emotional support. Their doors are open for walk-ins or appointments before, after or during school. Students are assigned to a counselor based off of their homeroom

teachers for more personalized support and shorter waiting times. “Students can self-refer if they are just struggling, feeling extra stressed out or if they are worried about a friend,” counselor Allison Singer said. “Your counselor is an excellent first stop and we can talk you through things.” Additionally, the counseling department hosts informative Parent Nights, application workshops and scheduled progress-check conferences to help in reaching your post-graduation goals.

Tutor Center

Located in room 1102, the tutor center runs Monday through Thursday from 2-3:30 p.m. The center provides free tutoring from peer tutors who can assist students in any subject. Once there, you can sign in to get help and receive emails from a tutor for additional help. The center can be used for individual or group study.

“The help I received from the tutors was beneficial as they were helpful and friendly,” junior Abhinav Dinesh said. “Whether you want help or a quiet place to focus, the tutoring center is a fantastic opportunity to succeed in your academics.”

Project Success

This program is run by the school’s staff who work with the THRIVE Club to educate others on healthy skills for improving one’s well being. Project Success hosts events like State of the Student, Dialogue night and Well Balanced Student night that seek to ensure every child’s success within and outside the classroom.