Distance Learning FAQ

Distance Learning FAQ

Q. What technologies will my student need to successfully learn from home?

Students will need a computer, smartphone or tablet device. It should be running the most current operating system possible. All software updates should be applied. The device will need to have audio and a video camera.

Please see the inventory of apps that our students may need to access while learning from home.

Q. Is there a schedule that my student should be following?

Yes, please log in to the MySchool App to view the schedules.

Q. What is the best work environment for my students?

Ideally, the workspace will be free from distraction and in an open area where others are working. A clear kitchen table is ideal.  

Q. My student is having a hard time handling this, can you provide any resources for us?

Yes, our School Counselor,  Caitlin Gibb, is available for 15-or 30-minute counseling sessions. You can schedule a video session or phone call with Caitlin via calend.ly in the portalShe can also be reached on her Northwest Academy landline number: (503) 223-3367, extension 124.

More information on managing stress and anxiety during this time can be found here.

Read the letters to our parent community from our Head of School, Chris Schuck. 

  • Exceptional Faculty

    Teachers include professional artists, writers, and performers as well as former college instructors.

    Exceptional Faculty
    Teachers As Mentors
  • Small Class Size

    Northwest Academy commitment to small classes and access to faculty help students succeed at high levels.

    Small Class Size
    Classes average 15 students per class
  • 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
  • College Counseling

    Our College Counselor works with students to find schools that will be a good match for them. Northwest Academy graduates attend a diverse selection of colleges and universities across the country including Duke University, Bard College, New York University, and Rhode Island School of Design.

    College Counseling
    College application workshop