Northwest Academy responds to coronavirus

Northwest Academy responds to coronavirus

Please find our most recent updates, communications, and other resources about the coronavirus pandemic.

In an effort to keep you fully informed of our deliberations and decision-making regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on our school, we will be providing you with regular updates in the coming days. Thank you in advance for taking the time to read these communications, and bringing your questions or concerns directly to us.

Northwest Academy classes have resumed with a distance learning approach which will carry through the end of the school year. 

In the meantime, Northwest Academy janitorial staff will be sanitizing the Main, Plaza, Tower,  and Studio classroom and meeting spaces.

Use the links to the left to find more information on our distance learning program, canceled events, and letters to families.

Public Health Resources:

Support Those Who Support Us!

We know that many of you are looking for ways to contribute. For our students, we are hard at work completing the transformation of our all-school service day into a remote ‘shelter in place/serve from home’ day. And for the rest of you, we have made a list of some things that you might do to help preserve, restore and rebuild the community that shelters our school. We have compiled a list of our Northwest Academy—those businesses that have historically supported our school, either directly, or indirectly (such as through donations to our auction) or both. It is these businesses in our community whose generosity has provided funds for our student scholarships, created unique opportunities for our faculty for professional development, and enabled our students to enjoy the remarkable resources the city makes available to them.

Some of these wonderful Portland artistic outlets and businesses have been extremely and consistently generous with us and may be experiencing financial uncertainty now and/or in the future. Places like Bodyvox, the Oregon Symphony, the Portland Art Museum, and Portland Center Stage, as well as the service industry and independent contractors, are finding themselves having to lay off staff, cancel performances, and find other revenue streams to continue the important work they do. Where would we all be without the arts right now—and where might we be without them in the future?

Here are some specific things that you can do to help local businesses and donors: please purchase gift cards, support online stores, order food for pick up or delivery, donate to the companies you love to help them stay afloat, and/or bookmark their businesses as a future resource.

If you’re in a position to help others, right now, and into the future, we hope you will support those businesses that have made our student scholarships possible. Businesses in bold are directly tied to our community through our families, trustees, faculty, and staff.


  • Creativity Matters Here

    We value creative, independent thought in both our academic and arts classes.

    Creativity Matters Here
  • 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!
  • Lunch Events

    Friday Lunch events include everything from distinguished guest speakers (such as University of Oregon President and Multnomah County District Attorney) to friendly games of dodgeball.

    Lunch Events
  • A Place for Art and Ideas

    The Angry Pigeon Gallery showcases work by members of the Northwest Academy community and beyond.

    A Place for Art and Ideas