The Northwest School
5.00 (6 reviews)
Tel: (206) 682-7309
We offer a college preparatory experience grounded in rigorous academic studies with a focus on historical, scientific, artistic, and global perspectives.
Our graduates are welcomed by renowned colleges and universities throughout the United States and internationally. As important as where our graduates go is how they engage in the changing world, and our exceptional faculty inspires students to grow as thinkers and responsible citizens.
Our liberal arts education combines an integrated humanities program tracing the history of civilization with open-ended scientific lab work and two arts classes each session.
Studying current topics of international significance, traveling to our partner school countries in France, Spain, China, Taiwan, and Ethiopia, and participating in our study abroad program prepares our students to think and act globally.
Technology is integrated throughout our curriculum to enhance students` learning experiences and ensure digital literacy.
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)|
NWAIS (Northwest Association of Independent Schools
|Grades Offered||Grades 6-12|
|Learning Difference Programs||Yes|
|Summer School Offered||Yes|
|Summer Program Details||Link to Summer Program Details|
|Awards||Blue Ribbon School - Selected in n/a|
|Total Students||510 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 24%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||71 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||7:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||17 students|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|Matriculation DataMatric. Data||Link to Matriculation Data|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||Jan. 15|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$41,275|
|Tuition Notes||Tuition for both Middle and Upper School includes daily hot lunch.|
|% on Financial Aid|
|Average Financial Aid Grant||$32,770|
National avg.: 85%
|Admissions Director||Michele Sanchez|
|Admissions Associate||Maggie Ball|
|Total Sports Offered||6 sports|
|Sports||Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketball, Cross Country,|
Soccer, Track and Field,
Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball,
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||14 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Club or Organization:|
Acting Interest Group, Asian/Pacific Islander Union, Black Student Union, Environmental Action Interest Group, Feminist Interest Group, Free Draw Interest Group, GLAM (Gay, Lesbian, and More), Jewish Student Union, Math Club, Middle School Book Club, Model U.N. Interest Group, Outdoor Program, Robotics Interest Group, Social Justice Squad
- MISSION STATEMENT The Northwest School offers a faculty who engage each student in sequential, cross-disciplinary study in the Humanities, Sciences, and the Arts. We are a diverse community of people who challenge each other to learn in a healthy, creative, and collaborative atmosphere of respect for ourselves, others, and the environment. We graduate students with historical, scientific, artistic, and global perspective, enabling them to think and act with integrity, believing they have a positive impact on the world.
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- School Location Miles Grades Students
- Kirkland Grades: 5-12 | 431 students
10613 NE 38th Place
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 822-5668 6.3 5-12
The Northwest School is a stellar academic institution. It has the perfect balance of brains and heart. Kids come out with passion and purpose and a strong sense of social (global and local) responsibility. A+
- Posted by Parent - Jean-Paul
The Northwest School wasn't even on our radar but we threw in an application because we were urged to apply to 6 schools (yikes). When we did more research and visited, we were blown away by how intentional they were, how they walked their talk, how they think about EVERYTHING, how our daughter would be appreciated for both her strengths and weaknesses AND bolstered by experts who knew what was appropriate/inappropriate for her age group. This is a place that knows child development and the way the faculty cares for each student is admirable. Our oldest daughter (who started in 6th grade) is now a senior in college and her sister is also at NWS. Truly a find. Do your own research - I'm confident you'll be amazed.
- Posted by Parent - Jan Chow
The Northwest School has been a great academic home for my two children. They are developing a great skill set for life long learning, and a strong moral compass with a foundation in environmental stewardship, social justice and global awareness. The community at the Northwest School is one that nurtures individualism while celebrating the power of working together.
- Posted by Parent - NWS 2020
NWS is a gem of a school - close community, strong academics, and most important an emphasis on being a good citizen/person! Student body is made up of 'nice kids'...school motto is 'Courtesy and Common Sense'....and they really walk that talk! Community is down to earth and welcoming. Very engaged and committed teachers - personal attention by great mentors. A wonderful place to grow up! Oh yes...and kids go to top notch colleges too!
- Posted by Parent - NWSMom
Our family has two children attending the Northwest School. Both girls started at 6th graders, the oldest will graduate this spring, the younger will enter the upper school this next Fall. Our family are firm supporters of the school for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, is the excellent caliber of both the administration, and more importantly the staff. Each and everyone of the teachers we have experienced at the NWS have been stellar. The focus on academics is strong, but infused in the cross curricular studies are social justice, inclusion, and self-expression. We couldn't be happier!
- Posted by Parent - Val Nelson
I've spent 40 years in prep school education and Northwest is a real find. It's a perfect combination of academic rigor, individualism and a real commitment to social justice. It has one of the best college placement records in Seattle and more importantly graduates kids who can think, speak and act. It's a very diverse community, full of families who don't look alike, but share a common passion for education, curtsey and common sense.
- Posted by Parent - George Edwards
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