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6-12|Private
213 students
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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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Effective school leaders: Strongly agree


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The extensive search for a new head of school has led to the selection of an extraordinary leader. The leaders of the middle and high school are amazing veterans of the school.

Develops character: Strongly agree


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The extremely inclusive culture has developed students who are respectful and mature in their interactions.


Amount of homework: Strongly agree


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The artistic responses complement the rigorous writing program.



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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.

Handles bullying effectively: Agree


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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.


Supports LD students: Neutral


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I can't comment on this topic because my children don't experience learning difficulties.

Effective school leaders: Agree


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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.

Develops character: Strongly agree


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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.


Teacher effectiveness: Strongly agree


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The teachers are passionate about their subject matter and really enjoy that they have the freedom to focus deeply on the topics that the kids find interesting.

Amount of homework: Strongly agree


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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.

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Last modified Northwest Academy is a Private school that serves grades 6-12
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