Get to Know Northwest

Get to Know Northwest

You and your family are always welcome to visit and engage with us at The Northwest School — attend a Discovery Day, campus tour, student visit day, or give us a call and we’ll arrange a meeting. We will also offer virtual events throughout the year. We look forward to getting to know you and your family!

Discovery Days (Open House)

Thank you so much to those who joined us for our in-person Discovery Days (Open House) this fall. It was truly delightful to host your families on campus, fostering a day filled with connection, exploration, and enjoyment. Although Open Houses have concluded, we invite you to sign up for campus tours through Ravenna or contact us using our inquiry form.

Virtual Discovery Day

Interested families joined Director of Admissions Alex Halladay and Head of School Ray Wilson for an introduction to The Northwest School featuring faculty and students and a Q&A session. Recorded in Zoom on September 22, 2023.

Couldn’t join us for an in-person Discovery Day? No worries, feel free to check out a recording of our Virtual Discovery Day!

  • Meet our Head of School, division directors, and other members of the community
  • Learn about our engaging and challenging academic program
  • Find out what makes our programs special
  • Watch the virtual Q&A session
In-Person Campus Tours

Our campus tours are designed for parents and caregivers* of students who are considering applying to Northwest. Tours will be offered on a weekly basis during the application season and pre-registration will be available through Ravenna. You may also email the admissions team or call 206-816-6032 so we can assist you.

*Once an application is submitted, students will be invited to register for a student visit day, including an optional campus tour.

Virtual Campus Tour

Take a virtual walk around our main building to see the classrooms. Visit the 401 E. Pike, which houses our dining hall, theater, gym, rooftop playfield and athletic mezzanine. You can also visit our student dorm and our farm and garden, then take in a campus vista. We’ll be adding the newest addition to our campus, the Summit Building, to the virtual tour later this year.

Virtual Tour

International Fairs and Meetings


We look forward to connecting with you and your family through our international fairs across the globe, or an individual meeting. The admissions team will be visiting the following cities this year: 

  • Beijing, China 
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam  
  • Mexico City, Mexico 
  • Shanghai, China  
  • Shenzhen, China  
  • Taipei, Taiwan 
  • Tokyo, Japan  

To sign up for an appointment by please email the admissions team. Please also complete our inquiry form so we have your contact information. 

Student Visit Days

Once you’ve decided to apply to Northwest and have completed the preliminary application step, students are invited to sign up for a Student Visit Day. During the student visit, you’ll: 

  • Attend mock classes 
  • Meet some of our current students and teaching faculty 
  • (optional) Tour the campus and witness what learning is like at Northwest through a class shadowing experience 

A required step in your application process, Student Visit Days are held late October–January and are offered both in-person and virtually. Pre-registration is required via Ravenna. You may also email the admissions team or call 206-816-6032 so we can assist you. 

Learning Support Webinar

The Learning Support Team met with prospective families on Zoom to discuss The Northwest School's comprehensive approach to meeting our students' social, emotional and academic needs. The meeting included a substantial Q&A session.

A video of that presentation, recorded on November 17, 2023, appears below.

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Affinity and Identity Panel

Prospective families hear from Catalina Martinez, director of diversity, equity and inclusion at The Northwest School, about what Affinity Groups are, and how our community embraces diversity and multiculturalism as a core value. This Zoom webinar, led by Admissions Director Alex Halladay, begins with an introduction by Catalina, followed by Q&A with some incredible Northwest faculty and student affinity leaders.

This video was recorded on February 7, 2024, and includes closed captions.