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
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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.
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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
- of students agree that they feel safe at their school.10 responses
- of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.10 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.12 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.12 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.12 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.14 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.14 responses
Clubs & Activities
- of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.11 responses
- of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.11 responses
- of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.11 responses
The Northwest School Reviews
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.