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.


  • 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
  • College-Prep Academics

    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.

    College-Prep Academics
    Senior Thesis Presentation
  • Find Your Community

    Students utilize the Central Library, Portland State University, and nearby museums and performing arts centers.

    Find Your Community
  • You Are More Than Just a Test Score or a Grade Point Average.

    Our admissions process is designed to help us get to know each student through a classroom visit, the student’s written work, and entrance exams written and evaluated by our teachers.

    You Are More Than Just a Test Score or a Grade Point Average.