A Life Prep Approach to the Liberal Arts

A Life Prep Approach to the Liberal Arts

The Northwest School is an independent day and boarding school. 
We serve students in grades 6 to 12 on an urban campus in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. 


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. 


Our vision for The Northwest School is to be a cherished, inclusive educational community where students have the agency and space to discover who they are and what matters most to them. In pursuit of this vision, we engage our students one relationship, one class, one milestone at a time. We cultivate critical thinking, creativity, and a joy of learning–essential habits of mind for participating in our ever-changing world.

Academic Philosophy

At The Northwest School, we offer an interdisciplinary liberal arts program which includes an expansive study of mathematics, science, humanities, arts, and modern languages. 

By exploring societal issues, cutting edge ideas, and innovative methods across these subject areas, our students learn to read critically, write cogently, think creatively, and solve complex problems. Through this program of study, students develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to embrace the expectations of college and beyond.

Our educational philosophy is grounded in the conviction that students require not only academic preparation, but also a strong sense of social responsibility. Through our comprehensive program, which has prioritized Social Justice, Environmental Sustainability, and a Global Perspective, for over 40 years, we instill in each student a deep understanding of their role in society and the world. We believe that every student has the potential to make a difference, and we strive to foster a sense of agency and purpose in each of them. 

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