Distance Learning at Northwest Academy

Distance Learning at Northwest Academy

At Northwest Academy, students are empowered to be the architects of their world.  They ask big questions, challenge their own assumptions, investigate and explore, create art, read literature, and produce work of value; through this enterprise, they develop proficiency and mastery, grow increasingly autonomous, and find meaning to fill their lives. 

Our classrooms are warm and welcoming and provide a creative and intellectual home to students and teachers. Students participate because they feel seen and cared for. Our lessons are inspiring, well organized, and offer diverse modes for student access. 

We can do this remotely, with some adjustments: 

  • We will have more asynchronous time than synchronous time- how can you best use your direct interactions with students to develop a strong learning community?
  • We will utilize new resources (oh the apps!), create our own, and build out more creative projects.
  • We will create approaches to support students for whom online learning and the self-directed nature of this shift is a struggle. 
  • Our assessment strategies will shift. More frequent formative assessments will take the place of summative assessments as each interaction with students will provide an essential opportunity to assess their progress and well being. 
  • This moment invites and insists on creativity and new ideas. Take risks! With so little normality in our world, your lesson plans have permission to sit a bit sideways.
  • Most importantly, this is a uniquely human crisis in need of human solutions. Be kind to yourself, be kind to each other, find the gentle path forward, and stay connected.   

Hear more about the distance learning experience from our students.

The transition to online learning is borne of necessity, not an intentional pedagogical shift.  As such, we request that you approach this work with a positive, can-do attitude, assuming good intentions from all. These guidelines are our best, first try and we anticipate the need to adjust as we get underway and learn from our experiences.

  • You are learning. We are learning. This will not be perfect, but it will be good. That is okay. 
  • We will follow these expectations and guidelines as best we can. There will be lots of unknowns and decisions we each need to make. ​When we need to make a decision, these are our guiding principles:   
    • put students’ and our own health and emotional needs first,
    • continue with meaningful teaching and learning, and
    • do things to maintain our relationships with students and each other as we support our community.

-Culver Academies


Northwest Academy – Operational Blueprint For School Reentry 2020-21


  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    Students at the 2020 SDLC
  • 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.
  • Find Your Community

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

    Find Your Community
  • 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