a place for art and ideas

Angry Pigeon Gallery

Named for our school mascot, that feisty downtown bird, the Angry Pigeon Gallery is Northwest Academy’s storefront exhibition and performance space in downtown Portland. The Pigeon features shows by students, faculty, alumni, and established artists, writers, and performers. The Pigeon hosts open mics for students and faculty and a variety of literary events as well.

May 7, 2020 |

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion during COVID-19

We wanted to make sure that while we are in a pandemic, we don’t lose sight of our DEI goals, and continue to provide opportunities for our students of color and allies to continue to grow, learn, and be supported in this space. Below are a few upcoming opportunities that we wanted to share  … Read More


May 7, 2020 |

Collaborative Story Writing!

The process: Each student was instructed to jot down one of the following: a proper noun, a verb in the infinitive form, and a place. Once they had their lists, they were told to collaboratively write a love story using all of the words they had collectively generated in their lists. Once they wrote a love… Read More


Apr 30, 2020 |

2020 Virtual Spirit Week

We usually hold spirit week at the beginning of the school year, but we thought it would be fun to organize and gamify a virtual spirit week as we all work from home! Make sure to mark your calendars and get your costumes ready for the week of May 4!   Monday, May 4: Class Colors! Seniors: blue Juniors: green Sophomores: red Freshman: yellow… Read More


Jan 28, 2020 |

Re-enrollment and Admission Dates

A friendly reminder regarding Re-enrollment and Admission dates: Re-enrollment dates: Re-enrollment contracts sent out: February 7 Re-enrollment contracts due back: February 24 Admission dates: New Admission Applications due: January 31 New Acceptances notified: March 6 If you have any questions, please contact Inge Hoogerhuis, Director of Admission or Paul Mallon, Director of Finance. 


  • Find Your Passion

    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.

    Find Your Passion
  • Arts Week

    Each Spring, students showcase their work in visual and performing arts. Dynamo! features middle school students while Esprit! celebrates the work of high school students.

    Arts Week
    Middle School students performing in Dynamo!
  • All Students Benefit from Exposure to the Arts

    All Students gain new skills and confidence through dance, music, art, and theater classes. Northwest Academy attracts both students with and without an existing interest in the arts.

    All Students Benefit from Exposure to the Arts
  • 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