Northwest School of the Arts is an arts magnet school near downtown Charlotte, North Carolina. The school includes grades 6-12 and currently enrolls around 1100 students.
Students audition for acceptance and choose a major; majors available include performing arts (theatre, musical theatre, ballet, modern dance, tap, jazz, orchestra, choir, and band) and visual arts (painting, drawing, studio, printmaking, photography, fibers, sculpting, ceramics, and other classes which depend on availability and student participation), as well as technical theatre; a communications major was added for the 2010-2011 school year and beyond. NWSA hosts a variety of AP classes, including AP art classes such as AP Studio and AP academics like AP English and AP Biology. Northwest students are active in organizations such as Student Leadership, Diversity Club, Yearbook, Literary Magazine, and Intermission, the school's award-winning newspaper.