Student Life

Student Life

Learning is not confined to the classroom at Northwest Academy.  Middle school classes make great use of the many arts, cultural, and educational opportunities within walking distance or public transportation of the school.  Classes attend exhibits at the Portland Art Museum and Oregon Historical Society as well as performances at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts and other area theaters. Special events, such as the Physical Science Fair (7th grade) and cultural fairs in Ancient Civilizations (6th grade), make for creative, fun learning opportunities the entire school community can enjoy.

MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Retreats.Each grade level goes on its own unique retreat, a special academic and social experience that utilizes Oregon’s vast natural treasures.  Fundamental (6th grade) students go to Outdoor School. Preparatory (7th grade) students go to a working farm. Exploratory (8th grade) students go spelunking and fossil hunting at Mt. St. Helens.

Arts Week. Dynamo!, our middle school showcase features middle school student performances in dance, music, and theater, as well as visual art .

Farmer’s Market.On Wednesdays during the fall and spring, middle school students walk to the Farmer’s Market at the Park Blocks for lunch.

Community Service Days. Middle school students volunteer with organizations such as the Audubon Society, Loaves & Fishes, Raphael House, C.H.A.P., ImpactNW, No Ivy League, and Emerson House.

Middle School Music Showcase. In the fall Semester, middle school students perform with their vocal and instrumental classes–a showcase of how much they have learned in a short time.

Dances.  Middle School dances are held in the fall and spring.

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  • Class Retreats

    Each grade level goes on its own unique retreat that relates to the curriculum.

    Class Retreats
    8th grade science retreat at Mt St. Helens.
  • 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
  • Middle school students are capable of far more rigorous work than they often experience

    Middle school students are acquiring critical skills that will determine the caliber of work they do in high school and college.

    Middle school students are capable of far more rigorous work than they often experience