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Oct 26, 2012 |

Mary Folberg

MARY FOLBERG, Founder and Emeritus Head of School, is recognized for her belief in the importance of arts education for young people. Folberg is the 2013 recipient of Portland Monthly Magazine’s Light A Fire Award for Lifetime Achievement. She also is the recipient of the Kennedy Center Award for Excellence in Arts Education in 1981, 1988 and 1989 and the Metropolitan Arts Commission Award in 1982. She holds degrees in literature and dance and taught in California and Oregon public schools. Founder and long-time director of the Jefferson High School dance department, she also created the school’s company of dancers, The Jefferson Dancers, and was its director for 17 years. In 1993, she created Northwest Academy, designed to educate the area’s most creative and intellectual young people.

  • Giving

    The hottest ticket in town: Our annual auction features performances and art by Northwest Academy students. The event draws a broad audience of current families and community arts patrons.

    Club Cabaret
  • Community Service

    In addition to Community Service requirements in both the middle and high school, the entire school participates in service days during the year.

    Community Service
    Service Day at The Audubon Society
  • 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
  • Prom

    This isn’t your parents’ prom. Everyone dances. And the photos are awesome.