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COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

We are teaching online, through January 18, 2021. If conditions significantly change and it is safe to shift to a hybrid model (in which cohorts of students come to campus in rotations by division) we will do so. We are off to a great start and look forward to the creative and innovative ways our students will learn in each trimester of this year. Learn More

  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Sports
    B

Applying

Application Deadline
January 14
Application Fee
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
ISEE, SSAT, TOEFL

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$39,075
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Boarding (Tuition + Boarding)
$65,690
Received Financial Aid
23%
Average Financial Aid
$30,192
From The Northwest School

Founded in 1980, The Northwest School serves students in grades 6-12 in the urban heart of Seattle. Our engaging liberal arts curriculum steeps students in history, literature, science, and performing and visual arts. Students learn to think creatively and critically, tackling contemporary issues through the lenses of environmental sustainability, social justice, and global perspective.

Our exceptional teachers inspire students to grow as thinkers and doers. We believe students need to step outside their comfort zones and the arts are a key part of this learning experience. Through creative expression, students find their voices and gain the confidence that stays with them as they go to college and beyond.

We have chosen to be an internationally inclusive community, providing a global experience both in and outside of the classroom and offering students the option to travel abroad. Our boarding program welcomes students from more than 12 countries each year.

The Northwest School Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1290
64 responses
Average ACT
30
41 responses

Academics at The Northwest School

At Northwest, curiosity abounds in the classrooms, hallways, art studios, and athletic fields. Students are encouraged to dig into the subject, question the teacher, and ask why are we learning this?

Culture & Safety

Poll
80%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.10 responses
Poll
80%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.10 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 17 responses
  • International Market Day and Arts Gala
    47%
  • Connection to international community
    12%
  • fan nights
    12%
  • Spirit Week
    12%
  • The greater school community
    12%
  • Senior Serenades
    6%

    Boarding

    Students Boarding
    11%
    Boarding Days Per Week
    7-day
    Top Countries
    China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Province of China, Viet Nam
    International Boarding Students
    13%

    Students

    Diversity
    A
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    450
    25%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.12 responses
    92%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.12 responses
    67%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.12 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    7:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    79%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.14 responses
    Poll
    93%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.14 responses
    Poll
    79%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.14 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    B+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    High
    Boys Athletic Participation
    Average
    100%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.11 responses
    91%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.11 responses
    82%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.11 responses

    The Northwest School Reviews

    62 reviews
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    Our youngest child is in the 4th year at NWS. Our oldest child is in a different school (senior) and that school has a very high rank with this site. The ranking is only as relevant as your child and family fit. NWS has a strong social justice and sustainability focus, integrated with a thoughtful curriculum.
    One distinction is their Humanities program. The curriculum integrates language arts, social studies, and geography in Middle School and history, English, philosophy, art history, and literature in Upper School. I did not realize the full meaning of the benefits until I was in a debate with my student with a very integrative argument! The real world is integrative, so why not educate our students that way.
    The teachers and administrators are passionate about building a whole child and cultivating a caring school culture. When a significant event happens in the real world, the teachers allow time for reflection. I love how they teaches through the child's eyes.
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    Dynamic, Supportive, Engaged, and Inspiring--all come to mind when I think about the Northwest School. Its integrated curriculum and passionate teachers foster curiosity and learning that applies to world that surrounds us. The arts, sports, social justice, the environment, are embraced and not afterthoughts. My student has excelled in ways I could not have foreseen 4 short years ago. I know she is ready for the next step--college. I've often said this families considering the NWS: It's not a perfect school; no school is perfect. However, the NWS is perfect my student! Its the best fit for her academically, socially, and artistically! if you're considering an independent school base your selection on how well a school fits your student and not on how well a school thinks your student will fit the institution. Oh, one more thing! The dining program is FIVE STARS!
    I am so grateful for The Northwest School. These past several months have reminded me yet again of why my daughter and son both ultimately chose to attend. The way the faculty and staff have risen to meet the incredible challenges due to the pandemic has been phenomenal. Their commitment to academic excellence has not wavered, while still tending to the emotional health and well being of the students, which is paramount to their ultimate success. My son had one of his best trimesters yet, and it was absolutely due in large part to his teacher’s making sure all of his needs were being met, academically and emotionally. We have been at this school for five years, and I’m thankful everyday we are here!