Northwest School

About Us

The Northwest School is a co-ed, middle and high school with a student population of about 500 students. Located in downtown Seattle, the Northwest School offers a unique college preparatory experience, thriving arts and athletic programs, and a friendly and supportive environment.

Graduates of The Northwest School attend some of the top universities in the nation and overseas. The school has a national reputation as a vibrant intellectual community and has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Its great location allows students to not only gain an excellent education, but to also experience many aspects of American culture and life.

The Northwest School campus is located in the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. The school’s urban campus is surrounded by many art studios, museums, concert halls and theaters. The campus is just a few minutes’ walk from the shore of the Pacific Ocean, famous Pike Place Market, the first Starbucks coffee shop, the Paramount Theater, the Pacific Science Center, the Space Needle and many other cultural landmarks and recreational activities that offer students ample opportunity to learn and enjoy themselves while studying in the U.S.

The Northwest School dormitory, located on campus, offers a safe environment in which faculty and students work together to create a joyful learning community that supports personal growth and success. Students are actively engaged in sports, the arts, community projects, and outdoor activities. The Northwest School provides many opportunities for students to experience the natural environment beyond the city, through sea kayaking, rock climbing, skiing, hiking, biking and camping.

The Northwest 9-12 Grades Curriculum offers a unique interdisciplinary program of studies, consisting of an integrated humanities program, applied mathematics, science, language study, visual and performing arts experiences, and athletic competition.

The humanities program is the fiber that connects the school’s curriculum. It combines the study of History, English, Philosophy, Art History, and Literature into one three-year integrated course.

A broad spectrum of Mathematic classes includes courses in Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Math Analysis, Calculus, Statistics, and Advanced Calculus. Students may elect to take the AP Calculus exam to earn college credit. The most advanced students are invited to sit for the American Invitation Mathematics Examination.

The Science program consists of courses in Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Primate Biology, Advanced Chemistry, and Physics.

The arts program offers 57 art courses taught by professional artists in Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts. Students take two, year-long arts classes.

The school fields 30 teams in Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country, Track and Field, and Ultimate Frisbee.

3 Key Program Features:

  1. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence
  2. Thriving arts program offering 57 courses taught by professional artists
  3. Urban campus located in a historic neighborhood of downtown Seattle
  • Total Enrollment : 500
  • Type : Co-Ed
  • Boarding Grades : 6-12
  • Total Students : 500
  • Boarding Students : 60
  • Day Students : 460
  • ESL Offered : Yes
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  • Avg. Class Size : 16
  • Standard Application : Yes
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