Our Urban Campus

Our Urban Campus

Northwest Academy’s downtown campus is enhanced by close proximity to cultural institutions, colleges, and even the assortment of food carts where many of our high school students gather at lunch. Being part of a thriving city allows teachers to expand classroom instruction with field trips to museum exhibits, lectures and films, and theater and musical performances. Our students quickly become savvy downtown citizens, and they also become quite expert at using Portland’s exceptional public transportation services and its bike-friendly environment.

Northwest Academy is proud of what it brings to Portland’s downtown milieu and its unique place as a combined middle school/high school program in the heart of Portland’s arts, culture, and college corridor.


Northwest Academy’s urban campus provides an energy and vibrancy that only comes from being in the heart of a city like Portland, Oregon. Our students and faculty benefit from the school’s outstanding academic and cultural partnerships with the following institutions:

Portland State University

Through Portland State University’s Challenge Program, Northwest Academy’s high school juniors and seniors receive  200-level college credit they can take to most colleges and universities.  Northwest Academy students currently receive college credit for Statistics, Calculus, Advanced Calculus, English/Humanities III, and Senior Thesis. Challenge students have access to PSU resources, including the library and its research databases. Challenge teachers receive professional development from PSU professors in their fields.

Confucius Classroom

Northwest Academy is recognized as a Confucius Classroom by China’s National Office for Teaching Chinese (Hanban), establishing a partnership with the Confucius Institute of Portland State University. Confucius Classrooms and Institutes are an initiative of Hanban to promote Chinese language instruction and cultural studies in high schools and colleges around the world. As a Confucius Classroom school, our students and faculty have Chinese language resources, educational and cultural events, and friendship-building opportunities with sister schools in China.

Multnomah County Library

Northwest Academy students and teachers use the Central Library branch of the Multnomah County Library as our school library. Every Northwest Academy student has a Multnomah County Library card. Just blocks away from campus, the Central Library has 17 miles of bookshelves and an extensive system-wide catalog of books, periodicals, and media. Teachers collaborate with librarians on their unit lessons so that students can use materials tailored to their studies, including unique resources not generally known to the public.

Northwest Film Center

Northwest Academy uses the Northwest Film Center for its film and video program. High school students take film class at NWFC’s facilities, located just minutes away from campus. The use of NWFC’s professional grade facilities and teaching staff provides an exceptional creative and educational experience for students interested in all aspects of film, from screenwriting to directing to production.


  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    Students at the 2020 SDLC
  • From Portland and Beyond

    Northwest Academy’s community includes students from throughout the Portland Metropolitan area, Lake Oswego, Beaverton, and Tigard as well as Vancouver Washington.

    From Portland and Beyond
    Many students commute by bike or public transportation.
  • Small Class Size

    Northwest Academy commitment to small classes and access to faculty help students succeed at high levels.

    Small Class Size
    Classes average 15 students per class