About Us

About Us



Whether they are researching their thesis essays or creating a multimedia visual project, Northwest Academy students approach complex concepts with intellectual curiosity. At every grade level, we respect our students’ abilities to comprehend challenging ideas and to demonstrate their understanding with insight and creativity.  As a result of this trust, our students become self-motivated learners with a strong desire to explore new ideas.


Northwest Academy’s campus is located in downtown Portland’s cultural district, near its public transportation hub. Surrounded by the Portland Art Museum, the Central Library, the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, the Northwest Film Center, and Portland State University, Northwest Academy students and faculty participate in the cultural and academic offerings near campus.


Our arts and academic partnership promotes an environment in both arts and academic classes where a student’s multiple intelligences can flourish. Through their arts experiences, our students acquire skills and strategies–such as attention to detail, self-discipline, self-awareness, and risk-taking–that help them succeed in their academic classes.


Northwest Academy’s commitment to small class sizes and access to faculty help students succeed at high levels.  In our classrooms, no student can disappear or remain passive about his or her learning.  Combined with an environment that encourages free and open inquiry, our teachers’ passion for their subject areas motivates student interest in learning and creative thinking.


At Northwest Academy, knowledge, skill, and academic maturity – rather than chronological age – determine a student’s placement. Appropriate placement is critical to the school’s proficiency-based program.  Proper placement positively affects a student’s motivation, initiative, and risk-taking, and it also impacts a student’s ability to succeed in subsequent years of study in a subject.


Northwest Academy is an independent, non-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Oregon. It is governed by a Board of Directors according to policies set forward in the bylaws. Northwest Academy has a 501(c)(3) classification and tax-exempt status.
Northwest Academy is accredited for secondary matriculation by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) and by AdvancEd. Its fiscal and administrative processes are regularly examined in fulfillment of the school’s accreditation. Accreditation of an institution by NWAIS indicates that it meets or exceeds the NWAIS Major Standards and Good Practices. An accredited school is one that has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. As an accredited school, Northwest Academy has demonstrated that it is focused on providing a safe and enriching learning environment while maintaining an efficient and effective operation. Accreditation further validates that Northwest Academy is effectively delivering a quality educational experience to its students.
Accredited by AdvancEd and Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) CEEB No. 380912

  • Challenging Academics and Intellectual Curiosity

    At every grade level, we respect our students’ abilities to comprehend challenging ideas and demonstrate their understanding with insight and creativity.

    Challenging Academics and Intellectual Curiosity
    Engaging Classes
  • a partnership of academics and the arts

    Northwest Academy is committed to inspiring students to discover their intellectual and artistic voices in a creative and supportive atmosphere fueled by curiosity and constructive challenge.

    a partnership of academics and the arts
  • Downtown Portland is our extended classroom

    Students utilize the Central Library, Portland State University, and nearby museums and performing arts centers.

    Downtown Portland is our extended classroom
  • College Counseling

    Our College Counselor works with students to find schools that will be a good match for them. Northwest Academy graduates attend a diverse selection of colleges and universities across the country including Duke University, Bard College, New York University, and Rhode Island School of Design.

    College Counseling
    College application workshop