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.
In addition to Community Service requirements in both the middle and high school, the entire school participates in service days during the year.
Northwest Academy students write two substantial, college-level thesis projects in their senior year. All juniors and seniors receive college credit through the PSU Challenge Program.
Students utilize the Central Library, Portland State University, and nearby museums and performing arts centers.