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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Sports
    C
1130 SW Main Street
Portland, OR 97205

Applying

Application Deadline
February 1
Application Fee
$100
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
None

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$25,400
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
20%
Average Financial Aid
$10,649
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We hope to see you on campus soon, as there’s no place quite like this place. We are a school that derives our uniqueness from providing curated experiences that spark and nourish self-guided exploration, continual improvement, creative thought and action, and deepening connections with the surrounding world—all in an atmosphere that is joyful, welcoming, and gracious.

We believe that a curriculum featuring engaged academics partnered with a full arts program lays the foundation for students to emerge as self-directed, expressive, and curious life-long learners.

Located in downtown Portland’s cultural district, our community participates in many cultural and academic activities offered just outside our doors.

When they graduate, our students go to colleges and universities all over the country & world fully prepared academically with a creative mind and skill set that Northwest Academy is recognized for.

Find your people. Find your passion. Find yourself at Northwest Academy.

Northwest Academy Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1270
46 responses
Average ACT
29
11 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.3 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.3 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 3 responses
  • Spirit Week
    67%
  • Club Cabaret
    33%

    Students

    Diversity
    B+
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    221
    0%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.3 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.3 responses
    0%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.3 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    6:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    100%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.3 responses
    Poll
    100%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.3 responses
    Poll
    100%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.3 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    B
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Boys Athletic Participation
    33%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.3 responses
    33%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.3 responses
    67%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.3 responses
    Living in the Area
    1. Cost of Living
      D+
    2. Good for Families
      A-
    3. Housing
      C-
    Median Household Income
    $34,039
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $1,100
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $384,008
    National
    $184,700

    Northwest Academy Reviews

    18 reviews
    All Categories
    As an administrative staff member at Northwest Academy, I can honestly say that is has been one of my favorite places to work in my arts administration career! I love working directly with our students and creative staff/faculty and staff are treated with respect and given ample opportunity to grow and learn. Parents have been wonderful and building relationships with them over the years has been a highlight!
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    Really, really incredible. The only downside for me is the slightly lower-than-ideal racial and wealth diversity. Otherwise, this school has put me in a place I never could have imagined without it; I consider my teachers to be my friends, mentors, and sometimes even colleagues. I am applying to college right now, and I feel not only incredibly prepared, but excited! Julia, our college counselor, is the most incredible and helpful person you'll meet. This school may not be right for everyone, but please consider it. Without it I would be a much lesser person.
    I'm hesitant to write this review because I think NWA is Portland's best kept (school) secret. Its so much more than 'just' an arts school. The size lends itself to a strong tight knit community and great student to teacher ratios. Both of my children started NWA as 6th graders where they learned important foundational skills including time management, organization and typing. The visiting author series, reading lists and written work requirements make the English department one of the greatest strengths of the school. The award winning science program is also outstanding and the reason why one of my children wants to study biomedical engineering after NWA. My partner and I have attended 9 parent teacher conferences and I can't remember a time when I didn't cry. There's nothing like being in a conference room with kind, caring professionals and listening to how awesome your kid is.