DSC00850 (2)Located in the beautiful town of West Hartford, ranked in 2016 by as #15 in Best Places to Live in the U.S., Northwest Catholic is home to a vibrant, diverse, academically-driven, service-oriented community.

NWC offers a comprehensive academic program, including 16 Advanced Placement courses and 36 Honors courses. With the help of experienced school counselors, students build a challenging course of study that begins their first day and continues until graduation. 98% of NWC graduates continue on to four-year colleges and universities across the country, many with merit-based scholarships, highlighting the degree of preparation and quality of instruction offered at the School. NWC’s academic success is touted throughout Connecticut’s capital region. In 2017 Northwest Catholic was ranked by as the #1 Catholic school in Greater Hartford.

120170915-nwc-seshu-09Faith and service at NWC grow out of its rigorous academic program and focus on leadership formation. Our students are challenged to reach beyond their known limits. Whether in the classroom, on the athletic field, on the stage, or serving in a local shelter, school, or nursing home, Northwest Catholic students put servant leadership into practice daily. Every student at NWC participates in a unique, four-year leadership curriculum called L.E.A.D.S. as well as retreats, field trips, and school-wide assemblies to help them grow in faith and build community.

20171214-nwchsconcert-seshu-031Our mission at Northwest Catholic is to educate the whole person — mind, body, spirit, and imagination. We believe that an education that does not take into account a student’s spiritual life is incomplete. We encourage excellence, and as each student strives for it — academically, athletically, and artistically — he or she becomes a person of faith and service.

We look to our motto to guide us. In lumina tuo videbimus lumen. In Your light we shall see light.  Everything we do at NWC, every act and every interaction, is an opportunity to be the light of Christ for one another. It is this spirit of faith and light that has distinguished the NWC community for over half a century.


Our Mission


We are a diverse, Catholic, co-ed, college preparatory community.

We educate the whole person, mind, body, spirit, and imagination.

We develop leaders who faithfully serve God and others.


Our Values



Diverse Community

Leadership and Service

Education of the Whole Person — mind, body, spirit, and imagination


A Northwest Graduate Aspires To Be…

INTELLECTUALLY CURIOUS and academically excellent

SPIRITUALLY AWARE and exploring a relationship with God

A COMPASSIONATE LEADER who seeks to serve others and promote justice

COMMUNITY FOCUSED and growing as a member of the NWC family

A WHOLE PERSON who is developing mind, body, spirit, and imagination


Fast Facts

524 Students

26 International Students

32% Students of Color

70% Students Catholic

12:1 Student : Teacher Ratio

18 Average Class Size

63% Faculty Hold Advanced Degrees

including M.A., M.B.A., M.S.W. J.D. Ph.D.

100% Students with Technology 1:1 iPad Program

24 Art, Dance, Music, Art, Theater Offerings

44 Sports Teams

47 Athletic State Championships