Northwood High has been named a Grammy Signature School for the sixth time

For the third straight year — and the sixth time since 1999 — Northwood High School has been selected as a Grammy Signature School by the Grammy Foundation.

This is one of the most prestigious accolades for music education, and in 2015 it’s being presented to just 13 schools throughout the country. In addition to the special designation and a custom award, Northwood’s music program will receive $3,500.

Established in 1988, the Grammy Foundation promotes the impact of recorded music on American culture and recognizes schools that provide exceptional music opportunities for students. Each year, more than 20,000 public high schools have an opportunity to apply to become Grammy Signature Schools, but only a small number earn the honor.

IUSD’s four comprehensive high schools have now won 11 Grammy awards with half of those going to Northwood, which opened in 1999.

Applications for the honor were submitted in the fall. Northwood high school was among many semifinalists that were later asked to submit additional documentation, including concert recordings. Those materials were reviewed by an independent committee of top music educators and professionals, who decided which schools merited the designation.