The Northwest School

Seattle, Washington, USA view map
Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation

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The Northwest School offers a rigorous, college-preparatory program with a cross-disciplinary curriculum. Courses in the humanities, mathematics, science, languages, and arts are required at all times.

The school has a uniquely international character: the fact that 16% of its population comes from abroad gives students a truly global perspective. Regular participation in environment teams, which clean the historic building and grounds, and in the outdoor program, which offers trips throughout the region, teach responsibility and respect for the environment. Students graduate from the Upper School with a true liberal arts education. The academic core is a three-year survey of human society from prehistory through present day. Learning to analyze history from political, economic, social, religious, and artistic perspectives lays the foundation for college-level electives in the senior year.

The daily presence of international students from more than 12 countries creates a global perspective for our whole community and makes our population unique among Seattle-area schools. International students who receive ESL support are gradually integrated into more courses with American students each year. Physical education, sports teams, arts courses, class trips, the Environment Program and the Outdoor Program offer additional chances for interaction.

1415 Summit Avenue, Seattle, Washington, USA 98122

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Director of Admission: Douglas Leek
Admissions Phone:206-682-7309Fax:206-467-7353
Email: Website:

  • Application Deadline: January 15
  • Application Fee: $70
  • International Application Fee: $100
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: No
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Student Wins Human Rights Award

Posted on January 9, 2014
On Tuesday, Dec. 10, NWS junior Josefina A.M. received The Youth Award for Human Rights, which cited her service as an “advocate, organizer, and fundraiser for immigrants and farmworkers,” as well as “inspiring her peers” to learn more about human rights for people of color and the LGBTQ community.

NWS Math Teaches Economic Sustainability

Posted on December 13, 2013
NWS teacher Erica Bergamini presented her 6th grade math curriculum at the Northwest Mathematics Conference. Her seminar, "Real World Math: Making a Difference One Math Class at a Time," centered on her 6th grade microlending unit,a fixture in NWS mathematics since 2008.

  • Founded: 1978
  • Campus Size: 1 acres
  • Grades Offered: 6th-12th
  • Accredited by: PNAIS, WASC
Student Body
Grades 9th-12th
Grades 6th-12th
Girls     24 232 256
Boys     32 209 241
Total     56 441 497

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $46,220
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $31,275
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 16.00%
  • Average Awarded: $24,000

Summary: The Assistant Head of School oversees all programmatic aspects of the school. The Middle School and Upper School Directors immediately supervise and support their respective divisions.

Department Director: Alan Braun

Average Class Size: 18

Full Time Teachers: 71

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 36.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 1:9

Summer Programs Offered: Offered

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
Support Programs
  • College Counseling
  • ESL: Beginning
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Learning Differences Support
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Technology Center
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Literature
  • Poetry
  • Humanities,Compo sition,Essay Writing
  • Asian History
  • Classical History
  • European History
  • Medieval History
  • United States History
  • World History
Foreign Languages:
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • French
  • Spanish
  • English as Second language
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy
  • Social Justice
  • World Religions
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Humanities program surveys human civilization
  • Anatomy
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Health
  • Paleontology
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Geometry
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
  • Pre-Calculus, Advanced Calculus
Computer Studies:
  • technology used throughout the curriculum
  • Band
  • Choral Music
  • Electronic Music
  • Orchestra
  • A Cappella, Jazz
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • Acting
  • Art
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Debate
  • Design
  • Directing
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Fiber Arts
  • Film and Video
  • History of Theater
  • Journalism
  • Modern Dance
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Production
  • Publications
  • Sculpture
  • Stagecraft
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Arts
  • Theater Design
Special Programs:
  • English as a Second Language
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • N/A
AP Courses Available:

Summary: The Residential Life program at The Northwest School is housed in our newly renovated co-ed dormitory one block from campus. In addition to providing a nurturing home environment, the residential life program also supports the academic, social and emotional success of its residents. Offering support is a dedicated group of The Northwest School Parent Association who offer their homes, activities, rides and other acts of kindness to our international students living in the dormitory.

Department Director: Amy Berner-Hays

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 2

Average Students Per Dorm: 25

No. of Girls Dorms: 1

No. of Boys Dorms: 1

Dorm Amenities:
Game Room
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 
kitchenette, music room, tv lounge, computer lab 

Dress Code: Other

Student Life


  • Basketball court(s)
  • Technology Center
  • Indoor basketball court(s)

Clubs and Organizations

  • Community Service
  • Diversity Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Environmental Club
  • Math Club
  • Outing Club
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Photography
  • Sexualities Club
  • Student Activities
  • Student Publications
  • Theater
  • Yearbook
  • International Club

Arts Department Director: Lyn McCracken

Athletics Department Director: Britt Atack

  • A Cappella Group
  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Improvisation Group
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • String Ensemble
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
  • Visual Arts,Film, Photogra phy,
Interscholastic Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Soccer
  • Track and Field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Recreational Sports
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Bowling
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Dance
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Outdoor Education
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowboarding
  • Biking

Department Director: Peter Morgan

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 97.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

University of Washington 32 graduates
Whitman College 20 graduates
Western Washington University 13 graduates
Carleton College 10 graduates
Lewis & Clark College 9 graduates
Occidental College 9 graduates
NYU 9 graduates
Santa Clara University 9 graduates
Bard College 8 graduates
University of Colorado at Boulder 8 graduates

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading 520 690
Mathematics 570 700
Writing 540 680

Notable Alumni

Quotes from Alumni

Summary: The Northwest School Summer Camps comprise an established opportunity for American and international teens and pre-teens to live in a global environment while engaging in academic, college prep and enrichment activities. The summer dormitory life is full of excursions and fun outings.

Department Director: Van Nguyen

July 08, 2013 to August 16, 2013

Registration Deadline: July 01, 2013
Tuition: $2,200
Financial Aid Available:  
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