Northwest Catholic High School

Northwest Catholic High School
29 Wampanoag Drive
West Hartford, Connecticut, (Hartford County), 06117
 United States
Coordinates 41°47′58″N 72°45′9″W / 41.79944°N 72.7525°W / 41.79944; -72.7525Coordinates: 41°47′58″N 72°45′9″W / 41.79944°N 72.7525°W / 41.79944; -72.7525
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto In lumine tuo videbimus lumen.
(In Your light we shall see light.)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1961
Principal Margaret Williamson (Acting President)
Chaplain Father Crowley
Grades 912
Enrollment 650  (2008)
Color(s) Green and White         
Slogan "Where you know that you belong..."
Athletics conference Central Connecticut Conference (CCC)
Team name Indians
Rival East Catholic High School, Hall High School, Berlin High School (football)
Accreditation(s) New England Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
Newspaper Northwest Passages
Yearbook NOWECA

(derived from NOrthWEstCAtholic)

Tuition (2011-2012)

1st child in family $12,760 2nd child in family $12,460 3rd child in family $12,160 4th child in family $11,860

Dean of Students Richard Callahan
Academic Dean John Cusson
Admissions Director Nancy Bannon
Intern Athletic Director Matthew Martorelli

Northwest Catholic High School is a coeducational, college preparatory, private high school located in the upmarket inner-ring suburb of West Hartford.



In 1932,the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford purchased 60 acres (240,000 m2) of land on Wampanoag Drive, West Hartford with an eye to future development. Two years later, the Most Reverend Henry J. O'Brien, D.D., Archbishop of Hartford, announced that a high school would be built on this tract of land to serve the students in the surrounding parishes.

The first principal was the Reverend Bradford Colton (1961–1968) who guided the school during its founding years. He was succeeded as head of school by Reverend William F. O'Keefe in 1968; Sister Doris Regan, O.P., in 1977; Reverend Henry C. Frascadore in 1985; Dr. Michael S. Griffin in 1996; and Mr. Matthew O'N. Fitzsimons in 2006.

The official dedication of the school was held September 24, 1961 with the Auxiliary Bishop of Hartford, the Most Reverend John F. Hackett, D.D. officiating. In June 1965, the first class was graduated.

In December 1971, the Commission on Independent Secondary Schools granted Northwest Catholic institutional membership in the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools for a period of ten years. This accreditation has since been renewed in 1981, 1991 and 2001[citation needed].

In 1989, Northwest Catholic High School was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an Exemplary School[citation needed]. "In lumine tuo videbimus lumen."
Translated, this is "In Your light we shall see light."

This motto is a reminder that the years spent at Northwest Catholic are years of serious study. The purpose of study is the attainment of TRUTH-in science, in the classics, in social relationships, in the arts, in every field of human knowledge. The light of God's help directs our study so that we recognize truth as it really is in His light - untarnished by political, social or economic bias - that we find true WISDOM in eternal TRUTH as revealed to us by eternal LIGHT.[2]

Student life

Northwest Catholic high school provides a strong foundation and extensive alumni base for students seeking to enter professional occupations. The majority of students enter college immediately upon graduation.[citation needed] Northwest Catholic is nestled in the hills of suburban Connecticut in West Hartford. It was established in 1961 to provide quality secondary education and prepare young men and women to be leaders.

Highlights include: A National School of Excellence 100 percent college placement rate[citation needed] Students from 30 different towns Coeducational Honors and Advanced Placement courses More than 18,000 alumni Northwest Catholic is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and approved by the State of Connecticut.[citation needed] The student population is about 650 in grades 9-12.


Tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year:

  • 1st child in family $12,760
  • 2nd child in family $12,460
  • 3rd child in family $12,160
  • 4th child in family $11,860

There are other various fees, including athletic, academic, books, trips and art [3]


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