The Northwest School

Now imagine a school where 65 of 460 students come from many countries around the world.

The Northwest School is a diverse community of people who challenge each other to learn in a healthy, creative, and collaborative atmosphere of respect for ourselves, others, and the environment. Imagine a school where learning is a joy; where the curriculum is designed to prepare students for a changing world; and where everyone discovers the exhilarating chemistry between academics and the arts.

Operating as usual

Photos from The Northwest School's post 02/06/2024

Northwest Outdoor Program went XC Skiing this past weekend to Cabin Creek Sno Park! Students shuffle shuffle glided on a track surrounded by snow dusted trees, enjoyed the sunny weather outside in the forest, and got quite the workout. Though there wasn’t enough snow pack this year to snow shelter build, everyone enjoyed their lunches in the snow and raced around the tracks. ❄️

It was also Herb’s last Outdoor Program trip before retirement. What an honor to see him in his element one last time. We will miss you, Herb!

Photos from The Northwest School's post 02/06/2024

Visiting the Photo Lab! Did you know we have a full darkroom to develop prints in addition to digital photography?

Photos from The Northwest School's post 02/05/2024

Last Friday in Erica’s class, the 6th graders presented their research about people who represent identities typically marginalized in STEM fields.

The students were all in costume reading from original scripts and imagining tea party conversations about their achievements while connecting with one another. It was a fascinating (historically impossible) meeting of great minds!

Photos from The Northwest School's post 02/05/2024

Chinese calligraphy (shū fǎ: 書法/书法) is an art form that’s widely practiced in China and other parts of East Asia. It involves the use of brush and ink to create Chinese characters.

Calligraphy is a traditional art form in China with a long history dating back 2000+ years requiring great skill, discipline, and patience to master. We’re lucky to have Adam Ross, our resident Chinese teacher, pass on his calligraphy skills to Northwest students.

Photos from The Northwest School's post 02/05/2024

Students were excited to get on Ski Bus this past Friday! Our Ski Bus program provides “bus to lift” ski and snowboarding trips to The Summit at Snoqualmie (Summit West and Summit Central) throughout January and February, allowing Northwest students to appreciate the beautiful outdoors and mountains while bonding with their fellow classmates. ⛷️🏂 ❄️

This program is accessible to all Northwest students of all skill levels in grades 6-12. Students on Financial Aid have all costs covered by the X Fund.

Photos from The Northwest School's post 02/03/2024

Students in Adelyn’s Physical Science class did a Spectroscopy Demo yesterday in Physics Lab. They were each given a diffraction gradient and told to look through it to view the absorption spectra of different elemental gases. These gases were illuminated by an electric current.

Photos from The Northwest School's post 02/02/2024

Check out Nguyen L (‘24)’s artwork! She is currently a senior in Julia Freeman’s Intermediate Studio Art class. When we asked her about her inspiration behind her creative and vibrant art, she shared a few thoughts below—

🌹 What inspires you to create your art? 

I get my inspiration from online, on social media, or by visiting museums. Looking at art books inspired me to create my landscape collage.

🌹 Can you share any key influences or inspirations for your art style?  

Many of my paintings are colourful and vibrant. Working with bright colours makes me feel relaxed.
I want my final pieces to look realistic and complete, so I spend a lot of time going over the details.  
🌹 What tools or techniques do you use to create your art? 

Layering and getting into detail are approaches I use to help my paintings look more realistic. Understanding the colour wheel is also helpful. I prefer working in quiet spaces to help me concentrate better when I am alone.
🌹 What challenges have you faced during the creation process and how do you overcome them? 

When I worked with acrylic paints, I struggled with the fast-drying time and blending of colours. Dealing with small sections is simpler because you can focus on just one part. Working for too long also makes me feel unmotivated, so I normally work for shorter periods of time on different days.

Photos from The Northwest School's post 02/01/2024

Sharing JV Boys 🏀 pics taken by at Fan Night!


Meet Northwest Alum ‘23 Keelen: “Hi, my name is Keelen Chen! I graduated from Northwest in 2023. Currently, I’m a first-year student at Sciences Po France majoring in Political Science and Economics.
I loved Northwest for its sense of family! Unlike conventional learning methods that value self-directed study and individual competition, Northwest focused on creating a positive, encouraging environment for students to learn and bond as a community. As an international student, I had a smooth transition academically and in life, thanks to the assistance of Northwest dorm faculty. At school, students were encouraged to call their teachers, coaches, and other faculty by their first names as the curriculum emphasized mutual respect and active communication. Faculty and students would even sit together and enjoy meals together at lunch. I don’t recall anyone being unapproachable. Our dining and kitchen faculty even developed a close-knit relationship with us, and I enjoyed our lunchtime conversations.
I found Northwest’s academic curriculum challenging and intriguing. In the Humanities program, faculty and students worked together to create interactive sessions in history, social sciences, and politics. The program focused not only on uncovering past events but also encouraged discussions about current events, foreign history, and international politics. I was grateful to practice my public speaking and critical thinking skills during my 11th grade Humanities course. I learned logic and self-reflection through this course, essential to my pursuits in politics and social sciences. Furthermore, the math teachers at Northwest encouraged students to challenge themselves intellectually. My senior year calculus and statistics courses helped me develop my interest in economics and prepared me well for my advanced university studies from every aspect.

In the end, I take deep pride in calling myself a Northwest alum as it’s shaped my personality, mentality, and made me who I am today. I credit my sense of perseverance, creativity, and curiosity to my interactions with classmates, experiences on sports teams, and other leadership roles at Northwest.“

Photos from The Northwest School's post 01/30/2024

In-progress charcoal drawings in Julia’s Drawing 1 class. Students chose a photograph that they took or from another source to draw. They are working with black and white charcoal on toned paper.

Photos from The Northwest School's post 01/30/2024

Sharing JV Girls 🏀 pics taken by at Fan Night!

Photos from The Northwest School's post 01/30/2024

Sharing Varsity Boys 🏀 pics taken by at Fan Night!


Today, we commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It’s a sobering reminder of the atrocities committed during World War II, where six million Jewish lives were taken. It’s a day to honor the survivors and to remember those who perished and to remind ourselves of the horrific consequences of hatred, prejudice, and discrimination. It’s also a call to action to prevent such tragedies from happening again. At Northwest we stand together against hate and strive for a more peaceful world.

Photos from The Northwest School's post 01/26/2024

Come see our talented Middle School’s Wild West themed production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at 401 Black Box Theatre!

Opening night is on Feb 8th at 7pm 🤠

RSVP to attend:

More showtimes:
✨ Feb 9th at 7pm
✨ Feb 10th at 1:30pm
✨ Feb 10th at 7pm - Closing night!

Photos from The Northwest School's post 01/25/2024

Enlarge/Reduce project by Julia Freeman’s Intermediate Studio Art students. The final projects are 16x20 inches with a variety of different materials. The collage that the final works on was 8x10 using magazines. Love the students’ thought and creativity, well done students ❤️‍🔥

Photos from The Northwest School's post 01/25/2024

Northwest Advanced Art students in Claire’s class find a wide variety of productive spaces and mindsets to get their creative juices flowing 🎨

Photos from The Northwest School's post 01/24/2024

10th grade biologists in Danielle and Kathryn’s classes have been completing ELISA labs this week to test for the presence of antibodies against HPV. The lab kit is on loan from the SEP program at Fred Hutch Cancer Center.

The lesson is part of a unit on cancer caused by viruses, also developed through the Fred Hutch Fellowship for Excellence in STEM teaching. Students are working to answer the driving question, “What is the relationship between viruses and cancer, and how does understanding of this connection inform prevention and treatment strategies?” Great work, everyone!

Photos from The Northwest School's post 01/24/2024

Our Spanish exchange students and faculty have been exploring all over Seattle! They most recently toured the beautiful UW campus as well as Vancouver BC to check out Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.


Meet Northwest Alum ‘18 Hanna: “Hi! My name is Hanna Anderson, and I graduated from Northwest in 2018. I studied Clinical Psychology and Child Studies/Human Development at Tufts University and graduated in 2022. I’m currently the Client Services Coordinator for the Child Anxiety Center at a mental health clinic in downtown Seattle.
What I loved most about Northwest were the people I met. My classmates, teachers, teammates, coaches, and counselors all left lasting impacts on my life. Coaches supported me off the court, and teachers supported me outside the classroom. Northwest faculty went above and beyond for students in helping us thrive in many different aspects of life. I cherish memories with my classmates during Winterfest, basketball and volleyball games, class retreats, and Outdoor Program outings.

I also really valued Northwest’s efforts to make spaces where students of all grade levels could interact and learn from one other. Activities like biweekly Environment clean ups allowed for mentor-mentee relationships I found to be really helpful when I started at Northwest in middle school and very rewarding by the time I was an upper schooler.   
Northwest’s emphasis on developing communication skills has helped me convey my thoughts effectively, concisely, and thoughtfully. I had already built a solid foundation going into college that served me well across many different domains, including documenting my research, sending professional emails, and writing short stories for class. Beyond written communication, Northwest also prepared me well for verbal communication in college through presentations, performances, and debates. 

My senior year Advanced Biology course at Northwest greatly influenced my decision to pursue a degree in a psychology-related field. Learning about the structure and function of the brain during our neuroscience unit piqued my curiosity about the subject and compelled me to learn more.

I strive to have the same level of passion for psychology that Northwest faculty had for their respective subjects, and plan to apply to grad school in a few years to become a licensed child and family therapist.”

Photos from The Northwest School's post 01/23/2024

A few more snippets from snowshoeing with the Outdoor Program ⛄️

Photos from The Northwest School's post 01/23/2024

Sharing snaps from yesterday’s snowshoeing adventure! ❄️❄️❄️


Meet Northwest Alum ‘23 Kris: “Hi, my name is Kris Huang. I graduated from Northwest in 2023 and I’m currently a freshman at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
      During my time at Northwest I cherished the close-knit community it fostered, especially the smaller class sizes, where teachers would provide individual care and assistance to students facing more specific challenges.

This sense of community at Northwest extended beyond academics; for example, in sports, particularly basketball, the team felt more like a family rather than just a sports team. Similarly, the dorm became a safe place for me. People in the dorm made Northwest feel the most like home amidst my international student experience.
      Northwest also helped prepare me for my time in college. The extensive writing requirements in my Humanities classes helped me develop valuable writing skills giving me the skills necessary for college essays. During my senior year Humanities class, we completed a challenging research essay, which helped sharpen my research and analytical abilities to further prepare me for college. This experience has proven instrumental in fostering my confidence and proficiency in tackling longer college essays.
      Lastly, my teachers at Northwest instilled in me the mindset to wholeheartedly pursue my passions without being hindered by the fear of failure or embarrassment. Northwest faculty and programs encouraged me to discover myself and truly grow, offering me incredible opportunities to delve deeply into my interests, whether they were sports or musical hobbies or potential career paths. I have a lot of people from Northwest to thank for helping me get where I am today.”

Photos from The Northwest School's post 01/21/2024

Northwest’s Jazz Band had great performances today at the Puget Sounds Combo Festival at Bainbridge HS! Nico and Leonardo were recognized as outstanding soloists, great work boys 😎⭐️

Photos from The Northwest School's post 01/19/2024

Yesterday .kitchen had a delicious garlic tasting with garlic grown in our very own Farm and Garden. Swipe to see things in reverse from creamy, caramelized roasted garlic to the fresh, whole bulbs! Thank you to our garden interns that grew, harvested, and cured the garlic—it’s a long process but so worth it!


Interested in learning self-defense and personal safety skills? 🥊

Strategic Living LLC has been specializing in personal safety and self-defense training since 1994.

They’re offering 2 classes open to Northwest Middle School students, all genders, and cis/trans Upper School girls as well as non-binary people who are comfortable in spaces that lean towards the experiences of female-identified.

👉🏻 Middle School Class, January 25, 3:45-6:15pm at the NW dance studio
👉🏻 Upper School Class, January 31, 3:45-6:45pm at the NW dance studio

Register now on Eventbrite to secure your spot, 🔗 Middle School:
🔗 Upper School:

Photos from The Northwest School's post 01/18/2024

It was a pleasure to have our Spanish exchange students visit Summit Studios and learn art with the wonderful Claire Cowie! Here are a few snaps of them doing drawing exercises ✍️

Photos from The Northwest School's post 01/18/2024

Sharing Varsity Girls 🏀 photos taken by from last Friday’s Fan Night! Go 🏠!

Photos from The Northwest School's post 01/18/2024

Intermediate Studio Art students in Julia Freeman’s class have been working on a project titled “Enlarge or Reduce.” 💌

They started by making a collage, then photocopying the collage, drawing a 1”x 1” grid on the photocopy, and choosing to enlarge or reduce it onto canvas using any materials.

The due date is this Friday, and we can’t wait to see the final results.


On a cold day, let’s extend a warm welcome to these 13 students and 2 teachers from our partner school, Centro Docente María in Sevilla, Spain.

They will be staying with us until January 26, engaging in select classes at our school and immersing themselves in Seattle. ¡Bienvenidos a Seattle!

Photos from The Northwest School's post 01/16/2024

Some recent creations from the Northwest ceramics studio—tell us which one is your favorite in the comments below!👇🏻

1) A ceramic frog accessorized with a dapper top hat 🐸
2) Got any time for clay? ⏰
3) A winter ski themed hot chocolate mug. It’s only missing the hot chocolate and maybe some marshmallows ⛷️ ☕️
4) An endangered ceramic Monarch Butterfly taking flight 🦋

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Cheers to a new chapter! 2023 was a very memorable year at Northwest, and we have a feeling 2024 will be just fine 🥳
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