Northwest Academy

Tel: (503)223-3367
Grades: 6-12 | 163 students
Northwest Academy is an independent secondary school , grades 6 through 12, committted to education through academics and the arts.
Northwest Academy offers motivated and talented students programs which emphasize and value creative thinking, individual choice, academic rigor, and self-discipline, taught by master teachers and professionals active in their fields.

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

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 33 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 15 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $17,000
Tuition Notes $17,00 for Middle School andd $18,500 for High School
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $11,000
Admissions Director Lainie Ettinger


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 rigorous academic work and arts training gives students options and choices for college and beyond. Assessments at the school are proficiency-based, measuring skill and knowledge. Average student/teacher ratio is 15:1 and the school day, for many students, extends into the late afternoon or evening. The school is located in a culturally rich, urban setting, which constitutes an integral part of extracurricular and multicultural programs.

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is New Avenues For Youth (0.4 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Helen Gordon Child Development Center- Psu (0.2 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Helen Gordon Child Development Center- Psu (0.2 miles away)
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  • Portland
    Grades: PK-KG | 125 students
    0.2 miles
    Po Box 751
    Portland, OR 97207
  • Portland
    Grades: PK-K | 110 students
    0.2 miles
    1315 Sw Park Ave
    Portland, OR 97201
  • Portland
    Downtown Portland KinderCare
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: NS-PK
    0.4 miles
    1400 SW 5th Ave. Suite 100
    Portland, OR 97201
  • Portland
    New Avenues For Youth
    Alternative School
    Grades: 9-12 | 23 students
    0.4 miles
    314 Sw 9th Ave
    Portland, OR 97205
  • Portland
    St Marys Academy
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 9-12 | 644 students
    0.4 miles
    1615 Sw 5th Ave
    Portland, OR 97201

School Reviews

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
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, 02/21/13

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