Laboratory High School

The Northwestern University Laboratory High School of Laoag originally known for many years as the Northwestern Academy, was established in 1932 by the group of educators composed of Nicolas Nicolas, Marcelino Ligot, Angel Albano, Cresencio Barangan, Maximo Caday, Manuela Castisimo, Rufina Mariano, Manuel Pintado, Marcelo Tajon and Encarnacion Ruiz. They pooled their hard-earned savings to put up and incorporate the first private non-sectarian educational institution in Ilocos Norte. It offered secondary school courses namely a four-year curriculum in General Secondary, Commercial Secondary and Home Economics including Vocational courses. The incorporators had to rent the Ruiz Building to house its Students, and the school at the time it established.

When World War II broke out, many of the facilities and equipment of the academy were ruined. However, the strong foundation laid down by the founders and incorporators, coupled with their determination to move on in its pursuit of their vision-mission, served as a driving force in reopening the academy immediately after the war. Thus, a twelve room High School Building located at P. Lazaro Avenue in the heart of the city was constructed to accommodate the growing number of students.

From the humble beginnings, Northwestern University Laboratory High School has emerged today as a progressive Secondary School in Laoag City and Ilocos Norte. Aside from the Basic Education Curriculum offered to the regular students, it also offered Science Stream Curriculum to qualified students who pass the entrance test administered by the Department of Education. It is committed to bring out the best in the Filipino students by providing a learning environment geared towards quality education and excellence and thus prepare them for college life.

  • To help students develop wholesome and desirable values and attitudes to live by and to become self-reliant after finishing their secondary education.
  • To guide students understand the nature and purpose of a human individual thus promoting a keen sense of self, family and community.
  • To equip the students the necessary skills, knowledge and information and a set of work ethics essential for making intelligent choice of an occupation geared towards the millennium.
  • To develop skills in thinking intelligently, critically and creatively in real life situation.
  • To enhance the potentials, skills and talents of students by exposing them inside and outside the school campus for circular and extra-circular activities.
  • To prepare the students to become responsive, cooperative and sensitive citizens to the needs of the country by involving them to society-based activities.
Course Curriculum

The Basic Education Curriculum was piloted in school year 2002-2003. That same year NULHS implemented BEC up to the present. The implementing guidelines on the performance based grading system as defined in DepEd Order No. 33 s. 2004 is being practiced in the high school department. Classroom visitation is being done twice a year although spot visitation s daily to discover and to help them as the need arises.

Proficiency in the use of English as the medium of instruction n Science, Math, English, TLE, MAPEH, CAT continue to be strengthened as a tool for learning how to learn and for improving the students' global competitiveness. The use of Filipino in Araling Panlipunan, Filipino, Edukasyong Pagpapahalaga sustain as a tool for building and communicating the values of makabayan and Filipino identity and nationhood. The use of ICT and various instructional media are encouraged. The different learning competence in all subject areas prescribed by DepEd are attained through the teaching-learning process. Close monitoring of policies is being done by the teacher.

Scholarship grants and discounts
-Honor pupils
-Educational Service Contracting(ESC)
-Band members
-Brothers/Sisters discounts

The Government granted the NWULHS subsidy to poor but desreving students through its program Educational Service Contracting(ESC).