Northwest Academy is an accredited co-ed college preparatory day school located in Portland’s downtown cultural district. After three years of research and preparation, Northwest Academy offered its first elective programs in Visual, Performing, and Media Arts in 1996. The high school opened in 1997, and the middle school opened in 2002. The school now provides over 210 students in grades 6 through 12 with a rich combination of academic and arts curricula.


Northwest Academy is fully accredited for secondary matriculation by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS). NWAIS accreditation indicates that our school meets or exceeds the NWAIS Major Standards and Good Practices for independent schools.  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.

Northwest Academy is a non-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Oregon. Northwest Academy is open to students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. A Board of Directors governs it according to policies set forth in the bylaws. Northwest Academy has a 501(c)(3) classification and tax-exempt status. Its fiscal and administrative processes are audited annually and fully examined every seven years to maintain full NWAIS accreditation.

  • 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