Our Head of School

Our Head of School

February 1, 2017

Chris Schuck file photo

Dear Friends,

I am delighted to be joining Northwest Academy on this February morning, my first day as Head of School.

In exactly one year to the week, the school has adroitly completed the challenging work of transitioning from a founding head of school—through an interim year and a search process—to arrive at this day filled with an optimism and energy that you can feel when you arrive on campus.

I am awed by the vision, enterprise, and resourcefulness of Northwest Academy’s founder, Mary Folberg, and I am grateful for the care and dedication she brought to 20 years work here. With support and guidance from the Board of Trustees, the faculty, staff, and students, Northwest Academy has grown itself into a terrific school, and an important piece of the Portland educational landscape.

As I noted in the letter with which I introduced myself to you upon my appointment, I come to Northwest Academy from La Jolla Country Day School, and most recently from Oregon Episcopal School. When my wife, Lauren Carrera, and I first decided to live in Portland thirteen years ago, we did so because we had fallen in love with this city and its earnestness, its creativity, its universities and art schools and music scene, its idiosyncratic blend of outdoor lifestyles and cosmopolitan culture, its literary ambitions, its culinary and cultural adventurousness, and more.

I am excited to be joining a school that feels like a distillation of the best of Portland—a downtown school with a leading-edge vision, a school that has forged ties with several leading arts and educational institutions, an independent school uniquely receptive to and appreciative of what it means to be an adolescent striving to find and express a creative and intellectual voice and vision in the world.

I look forward to meeting and getting to know you over the coming weeks. Please, introduce yourself when we meet. It will be my pleasure to come to know each of you… our teachers, our students, and the wonderful families of Northwest Academy, and to work with you to carry this school into its uniquely bright future.

All the best, Chris


To read more about Chris, see student Gillie Foley’s interview with him – parts One and Two – in the Pigeon Press

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    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
  • Outstanding After-School Classes

    With classes ranging from Darkroom Tech to Robotics to Improv, students can explore visual, performing, and media arts.

    Outstanding After-School Classes
  • Exceptional Faculty

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

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  • Community Service

    In addition to Community Service requirements in both the middle and high school, the entire school participates in service days during the year.

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