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Education is Everything

Education is Everything

And we’ll pack as much into yours as possible. That’s a promise.

Our philosophy: Learning should have no limits

This is your time to explore, try new things, make mistakes, discover passions, and explore some more. 

Visit the Duwamish River and learn how its ecology supported ancestral native people.  Perform for a crowd at some of Seattle’s well-known venues, like the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Examine the social impacts of technology, copyright, and data security. 

To be the great problem-solvers tomorrow needs, you’ll need to think differently.

It starts here. 

Get to Know Northwest

50+ Arts Courses

The best problem solvers are creative thinkers, so the arts are a central part of our academic program. 

82% of our Faculty Hold Advanced Degrees

The curiosity is contagious. We’re a community of learners with an insatiable hunger for knowledge.

1 Unparalleled Program

We’ve crafted a holistic learning experience that allows students to explore as much as possible and find out how it all intersects.

In ninth grade I was timid and now that I’m a senior I’m a student leader. I think the community environment shaped my personality and prepared me for life by teaching me community responsibility and to be inclusive and support each other.
– Keelen, 12th Grade Student, 2023

Meet Our Students

8th Grade Student

“I’m learning to learn versus to get a good grade and get into a college. The things I’m learning are interesting, and I know how to do the work not just make the grade.”

9th Grade Student

“Everyone’s so friendly and the whole community is very social justice-minded. I feel respected.”

12th Grade Student

"At Northwest, we’re challenged on a daily basis to question the world around us, to look past the surface and find the hidden truths. Because of all that critical thinking and analysis, I have a stronger sense of my own voice and my own values."

1980
1980
Founding Year
6-12
6-12
Grade Levels
443
443
Students Enrolled
40
40
Boarding Students
11%
11%
International Students
45%
45%
Students of Color
24%
24%
Families Receiving Financial Aid
15
15
Students on Average in Each Class

Get to Know Northwest Alumni

Lila Forde '17

Hi, my name is Lila Forde and I graduated from NWS in 2017! I am a full-time musician based in Los Angeles, CA and was a contestant on Season 24 of @nbcthevoice!

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Ursula Collins-Laine '16

Meet Northwest Alum ‘16 Ursula: “Hi, my name is Ursula Collins-Laine and I graduated from Northwest in 2016. I double majored in Cinema and Media Studies & East Asian Area Studies at USC.

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Hantong Wu '19

Hi, my name is Hantong Wu and I graduated from Northwest in 2019. I recently graduated from Amherst College where I studied Asian Civilizations and Languages (Arabic) and Political Science. I’m now a Freelance Journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon. 🇱🇧

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