Northwest Academy

5.00 5 1 (3 reviews)
Tel: (503)223-3367
  • 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 Membership(s)School Assoc.AdvancED
NWAIS (Northwest Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
Year Founded1997

Student Body

Total Students225 students
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
7%
State avg.: 21%
Students by GradeNorthwest Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers37 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
51%
Average Class Size16 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 31 / rolling
% on Financial Aid
20%
Admissions DirectorLainie Ettinger
Admissions AssociateMorgan Kunze

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.22 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.American Politics, Improv, Jazz Band, Photography, Project Theatre, Robotics, Sound Recording, theatre, Theatre Tech

Club or Organization:
Costume/Make up, Environmental Club, Journalism, Literary Journal, Peer Leadership, Spirit Committee, Yearbook Staff

Arts and Music Programs:
after school music, and art classes, Art, dance, Digital Art, Garage Band

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.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
5  12/17/2016
Amazing school! Northwest Academy transformed my sons` lives. Because of the small class size and school, students develop close relationships with the faculty. The students enjoy the meaningful and creative work and learn to do their homework without parental nagging. Northwest Academy graduates adults who are curious, articulate, and inclusive. The location means the students experience downtown Portland's vibrant cultural institutions. My sons are able to talk confidently with adults, navigate an urban environment, and solve problems independently.You should check out the school if you are looking for an accepting environment that nurtures and supports achievement, risk-taking, hard work and questioning.
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5  5/17/2016
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.
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5  2/21/2013
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.
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