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Aug 20, 2020 |

Ryan Comandich

Ryan Comandich Ryan has a BA in Sociology / Anthropology, with music and art minors, where he focused on music and arts of different cultures. He has a second BA and MA in Spanish language and literature. Ryan teaches Spanish, Tai Chi, and has taught guitar and Javanese Gamelan music. He has taught since 2011 at elementary, high school, college and adult levels. In terms… Read More


Feb 10, 2020 |

Joanne Kim

Joanne Kim earned a B.A. in History and Classical Civilization from the University of California-Los Angeles and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.  While working on programming for a museum and archive of Cold War material culture, Joanne found she so enjoyed sharing her passion for the archival materials and their associated historical narratives… Read More


Nov 6, 2019 |

Tyler Buswell

TYLER BUSWELL is a proud drag queen, actor, and multi-disciplined visual artist. He has worked as a scenic artist/carpenter or designer for Artists Repertory Theatre, PCS at The Armory, Third Rail, Theatre Vertigo, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Chapel Theatre, Bag&Baggage, and many others. He has four Broadwayworld nominations for Outstanding Set Design and his work can… Read More


Aug 27, 2019 |

Kelli Pennington

KELLI PENNINGTON is a photographer, educator, and curator living in Portland, Oregon. An avid traveler and observer, Kelli teaches photography with lessons rooted in the belief that as we frame a photograph, so too can we frame the relationship that we have to our own existence. With the tools of perception and perspective to inform… Read More


  • From Portland and Beyond

    Northwest Academy’s community includes students from throughout the Portland Metropolitan area, Lake Oswego, Beaverton, and Tigard as well as Vancouver Washington.

    From Portland and Beyond
    Many students commute by bike or public transportation.
  • Find Your Community

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

    Find Your Community
  • Exceptional Faculty

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

    Exceptional Faculty
    Teachers As Mentors
  • Class Retreats

    Each grade level goes on its own unique retreat that relates to the curriculum.

    Class Retreats
    8th grade science retreat at Mt St. Helens.