US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School



Please see the Connecticut State Department of Education August edition of Educate CT.

In this information you will find the IRS Advance Child Tax Credit payments; specifically IRS Publications 5534 and 5534sp.


Regional School District No. 7 is composed of four rural-suburban towns: Barkhamsted, Colebrook, New Hartford and Norfolk. The district, consisting of 157 square miles, is located twenty miles west of Hartford and has a population of approximately 12,700.

Northwestern Regional High School is a comprehensive public school which operated under a house plan. Opened in September, 1958, the school is accredited by the New England Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges. The school campus of 42 acres includes two 9-12 Houses. Enrollment in grades 9-12 is currently 749. Ninety five percent of the professional staff have a masters degree or equivalent.The average class size in the academic program is 20. Students in grade ten in Connecticut public schools participate in a mastery test (Connecticut Academic Performance Test)developed by the State Department of Education.

The school curriculum is both flexible and encompassing, offering numerous one-semester, as well as full-year courses at intriductory through advanced levels. The school operates on a fully rotating schedule which includes a 67 minute period for each class once every seven days, with the remaining periods being 43 minutes in duration. Classes meet five times weekly for thirty-six weeks per one credit course: 1/2 credit is given for a one-semester subject and a 1/4 credit for each year of physical education/health. Marking periods are every 9 weeks. Laboratory work is required in the college preparatory sciences as well as in German, French, and Spanish. The school also has an Agricultural Education Program.

The staff at Northwestern Middle School is comprised of dedicated professionals, many with long tenure at the school. We are complimented by a high-quality student body that works hard to achieve in the classroom and are also known for their exceptional level of community service. We participate in programs that provide Turkey Baskets for families at Thanksgiving, Holiday Angels at Christmas, and support programs for our troops. Northwestern Middle School is dedicated to an outstanding academic and student activity program. Please stop in for one of our programs or call us with any questions you may have.






In accordance with Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 2010, Northwestern Regional School District no.7 is taking steps to ensure that it’s website,, is accessible and compliant with the standards as set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0 AA).  NWR7 is continually working to ensure equal digital access to all members of the community.

If you have any questions or concerns with the content or accessibility of the site, please contact us at  Thank you.

Christopher Fray

News from the Hill


Early Release Days: November 13th and 14th


Next Monday and Tuesday, November 13th and 14th, will be early release days and school will be dismissed at 12:05 p.m.  Lunch is served on early release days. 


Pajama Day to Support Access to Water in Ecuador


We are excited to support one of our Capstone student’s projects to help raise funds to improve water access in Ecuador through a Pajama Day on Tuesday, November 21st. This is open to both middle and high school students. Please bring in a donation of one dollar or more on November 21st to wear your pajamas to school. All proceeds will go directly to Chilcapamba, Ecuador, helping them to install pipes and pumps that will bring fresh water to families in need.


Northwestern Highlanders Sideline Store


Check out our Northwestern Highlanders Sideline Store to purchase Northwestern apparel, accessories, signs and decals!  You have the opportunity to personalize items as well as change colors and designs.  When you make a purchase from the online store, the items are shipped directly to you!  


Happy shopping...and Go Highlanders!


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Christopher Fray

News from the Hill


Reminder: PSATs and Senior Workshops: Wednesday, October 25th

All 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students will have the opportunity to take the PSAT (practice SAT) this Wednesday, October 25th, during the regular school day.  

All students will be taking the digital PSAT so they will NEED to bring their chromebooks to school fully charged on PSAT day!

To learn more about PSAT visit

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Andy Bakulski, House 1 Assistant Principal, at  

Seniors will be participating in post-high school workshops during PSAT testing and then will go to regularly scheduled classes once the testing is completed.  If you have any questions about the senior workshops, please contact Ms. Lori Foote at  


Ag: “See What We’re About” Night


Join us for an evening of guided tours and questions/answers about our Ag program on Thursday, October 26th at 6:00 pm at our  “See What We’re About” night!  RSVP’s are appreciated but not required!  Please contact Barbara Domack at to RSVP or for any questions. See What We're About Night   


Operation Christmas Child


Once again, our NWR7 AIM Program is participating in Operation Christmas Child. We will be filling shoeboxes with small toys, personal hygiene items and school supplies to be delivered all over the world. The children receiving the shoeboxes would not otherwise receive gifts. NO SHARPS, FOOD or LIQUIDS are allowed in the boxes. We are asking everyone in our Northwestern family to bring items into school to fill our shoeboxes. Christmas boxes will be placed throughout our school for everyone’s donations. Collections will begin Monday October 23rd through Friday November 10th. Any questions can be directed to DJ Reese ( or Lisa Sulllivan( in Room 18. Thank you for your continued support!


NFHS Network: Northwestern Regional High School Page

Attention Highlanders!

Northwestern Regional High School is proud to announce that we have partnered with the NFHS Network, and we've invested in new technology that will bring you every game from our gymnasium… LIVE!  

Join the NFHS Network for full access to: 

  • All NWR7 HS live and on-demand sports broadcasts from the gymnasium
  • All other sporting events from around the Nation

Friends and family members who can’t make the game will never miss a play again! 

Here's how to watch:

1) Visit

2) Search for Northwestern Regional High School and go to our page 

3) Subscribe and Follow Your School

Your subscription will help support Northwestern athletics!

You can also watch through the NFHS Network mobile app and Connected App.  Click here to find out all the ways to watch. 

Thank you for your continued support of Northwestern athletics. We look forward to bringing you top notch broadcasts of our athletic events!


Drivers Education: Local Companies


NWR7 is not offering a Drivers Education program on campus.  Please see the attached list of local companies: 2023-2024 Drivers Education Companies 


Student Reminder: Chromebooks


This is a reminder for all students to come to school with your school-issued Chromebooks completely charged.  Many class activities require the use of Chromebooks. 


Northwestern Highlanders Sideline Store


Check out our Northwestern Highlanders Sideline Store to purchase Northwestern apparel, accessories, signs and decals!  You have the opportunity to personalize items as well as change colors and designs.  When you make a purchase from the online store, the items are shipped directly to you!  


Happy shopping...and Go Highlanders!


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