Domestic Application - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do families visit the school?

A: Families may visit The Northwest School during an evening Open House and on an assigned daytime Tour Day.

Open House evenings are designed to give families an overview of The Northwest School.

The 2011–12 Open House dates are:

Tour Days are required for families who have submitted an Application Form. This day gives a more in-depth look at the school. Applicants and their families will have an opportunity to visit classes and speak with faculty.

Q: What is the admission process?

A: Please see the Application Checklist and Application Timeline.

Q: Does The Northwest School accept International students to the Middle School?

A: The school does accept to our Middle School those International students who advanced demonstrate proficiency in the English language, as we do not offer ESL classes in the Middle School as we do in the Upper School. International applicants to the Middle School should use the International Application, but the Admission deadline dates are as follows:

  • January 12, 2012: Application deadline
  • January 19, 2012: Supplemental Materials deadline
  • March 15, 2012: Admission decision letters are sent
  • March 26, 2012: Family response date

Q: How are students selected for admission?

A: Admission to The Northwest School is competitive, but not limited to one measure. A committee comprised of faculty and administrators considers the following sources of information: the application; academic records; teacher evaluations; personal recommendation; ISEE or SSAT test; the Tour Day visit; and a student's talents, character and leadership qualities.

Q: What is the enrollment of the school? How large are classes?

A: Total enrollment, including our international students, is approximately 472 students (Middle School 122, Upper School 350).

The student-teacher ratio is 9 to 1.

Class size varies from 12 to 20 students.

Q: Is a student required to submit a writing sample with the application?

A: Applicants are required to take the ISEE or SSAT Test, which includes a writing section.

We prefer to receive a sample of a student's writing from this test, rather than a writing sample with the application.

Students are asked to write about themselves, their interests, and their visit during Tour Day.

Q: Are sibling applicants given special consideration?

A: Siblings of current / past NWS students and children of alumni and faculty go through the same admission process and, if fully qualified, are given special consideration.

Q: What is the 2011-2012 tuition? What additional costs should be anticipated?

A: Costs for the 2011-2012 school year are:

    Middle School (6-8) Upper School (9-12)
Tuition: $25,260 $27,015
Lunch and Books:   $1,405   $1,625
Total Cost: $26,665 $28,640

* Dormitory Room & Board $13,135
** Sports fees and class trip fees vary according to activity.

Q: Is financial aid available?

A: Yes. Please check the financial aid box on the application form if you are interested in applying. This will prompt the Financial Aid Office to send the financial aid application. Financial aid information is included in the Application Packet.

Q: Is there an admission application deadline?

A: We require that your application form be postmarked on or before January 12, 2012. Your online application must be submitted by midnight, January 12, 2012. We recommend submitting your application early. All other application materials must be submitted by January 19, 2012. Decisions will be mailed on March 15, 2012.

Q: How will I know that all of my application materials have been received?

A: Once your file is complete, you will be sent an email confirming that all application requirements, including the student Tour Day visit, have been met. If you apply online, you will be able to check on the status of submitted supplemental forms.

Q: What happens if an application is late?

A: We consider late applications on a space-available basis.


If you have further questions, please call the Admissions Office at 206-682-7309.