Northwest Academy

Tel: (503)223-3367
Grades: 6-12 | 214 students
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Inspiring daily through academics and arts.
Northwest Academy is an independent college preparatory school, grades 6 through 12, located in downtown Portland.
At Northwest Academy, we connect middle and high school students to gifted and passionate faculty, joining arts and academics through a pioneering educational vision on a vibrant urban campus.

School Overview

School Type School with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Grades Offered Grades 6-12
Year Founded 1996

Student Body

Total Students 214 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
19%
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade Northwest Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 33 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
40%
Average Class Size 15 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 31 / rolling
% on Financial Aid
20%
Admissions Director Lainie Ettinger

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Project Theatre, Jazz Band, Improv, Garage Band, Robotics, Art, Photography, Sound Recording, Digital Art, Theatre Tech, American Politics, after school music, dance, theatre, and art classes Project Theatre, Jazz Band, Improv, Garage Band, Robotics, Art, Photography, Sound Recording, Digital Art, Theatre Tech, American Politics,
after school music, dance, theatre, and art classes,

School Notes

  • Northwest Academy is an independent, coeducational, accredited, college-preparatory day school, grades 6 through 12, committed to education through academics and the arts. Northwest Academy's mix of engaging academic work and arts training gives students options and choices for college and beyond. Average student/teacher ratio is 15:1. The school is located in a culturally rich, urban setting, which constitutes an integral part of extracurricular and multicultural programs.

Profile last updated: 04/29/2016

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School Reviews

NW Academy has amazing academics, especially in the writing/humanities and math areas. The classes resemble college seminars with 12 to 15 kids clustered around a table with a teacher discussing the class topics. And the arts classes are the best, with amazing teachers who are leaders in their field, whether it is painting, theater, voice, music, etc. I like that it is all part of the class day, and the creative approach infuses the academic classes as well. The students are all there because they love learning -- and there's a culture of respect for differences and appreciation of lifelong learning that really meshes with our values. The teachers are inspirational, and the small class sizes mean that the adults set the tone and are strong role models for the kids.
- Posted by Parent, 05/17/16
The Northwest Academy has provided my children with an incredible mix of artistic and academic challenges. The dedicated teaching staff takes the time to get to know each individual student and I have always found staff to respond quickly to my questions or concerns. Although this is an ''arts focused'' school, we have found the academics to be far superior to those which our eldest child received in our local school. A great deal of attention is paid to the development of solid writing skills, but the artistic responses provide an opportunity for students to show what they know in a wide variety of formats. Although no school is perfect, this one is pretty close.
- Posted by Parent, 02/21/13

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The average private school tuition in Portland, OR is $9,068 for elementary schools and $12,636 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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