- Private, Boarding
- SEATTLE, WA
- Academicsgrade A+
- Diversitygrade A
- Teachersgrade A
- College Prepgrade A+
- Clubs & Activitiesgrade A minus
- Sportsgrade B+
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
- International Market Day and Arts Gala41%
- Spirit Week18%
- Connection to international community12%
- fan nights12%
- The greater school community12%
- Senior Serenades6%
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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.
I can honestly say that I have no regrets about picking this school. Teachers are amazing and caring; they actually want you to learn and will make that their priority.
This school is more than just a school; it is a community that focuses, not just on academics, but on forming proper individuals. Individuals whose skills are too refined for whatever it is you want to do after high school.
Overall, NWS is a great high school and a place where you will form your happiest memories and live the best experiences of your life!