Northwest Academy's culture is unpretentious and inclusive. The classes are amazing. My kids read classics like "To Kill a Mockingbird" in 6th grade and went on to write college-level papers in high school. They developed new passions through all of the arts classes in everything from black and white photography to tap dance. And they carried the time management and study skills from their middle school learning lab classes with them to college.
November 15, 2016
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Amazing school! Northwest Academy transformed my sons’ lives. Because of the small class size and school, students develop close relationships with the faculty. The students enjoy the meaningful and creative work and learn to do their homework without parental nagging.
Northwest Academy graduates adults who are curious, articulate, and inclusive. The location means the students experience downtown Portland's vibrant cultural institutions. My sons are able to talk confidently with adults, navigate an urban environment, and solve problems independently.
You should check out the school if you are looking for an accepting environment that nurtures and supports achievement, risk-taking, hard work and questioning.
My children haven't been involved with bullying instances at NW Academy, but the staff seem to be very responsive to any kind of behavioral difficulties and the school strives to build a welcoming and inclusive culture.
I feel like I would need 20 years experience in order to answer this question properly, but it seems like the board takes its duties very seriously. A new head of school has been chosen to replace the founder of the school now that she has retired, and the process seemed to be very thorough and thoughtful.
I've been impressed by how important it is to the school community to maintain a very welcoming and accepting environment. Of course, conflicts occasionally arise, but I find that they are dealt with swiftly and professionally with every attempt to protect everyone's self esteem.
I find that my kids have enough homework to reinforce what they are learning in school, but not so much that they are overwhelmed. Often they are able to get lots of their work done during study hall or learning lab time during the school day.