February 16, 2015
NWS has been a disappointment. To be fair, there is much good, like the academics is challenging without being over the top. The head of middle school is approachable and effective. There's still a fair amount of unproductive homework, although compared to daughter's school, I guess it s a universal arms race to appear "more rigorous". My main concern is the lack of support for boys. So many examples, big and small. If boys are so bad, why is school performance not an accurate predictor of real life, by any measure (Nobel laureates, artists, inventors)? To add insult to injury, there s juxtaposition of being most liberal school in Seattle and also the most expensive! We care so much about diversity, so long as you can afford $35k/yr. Ridiculous to say that with a straight face, and keep raising tuition yearly, knowing that shuts out all but the wealthiest families. Even in upper middle class bracket, with 2 school-age kids, it's a big sacrifice to send our son there to have his self-esteem completely crushed. He's now in 8th grade and is excited to move to a parochial boys' school. Better for our wallet and his growth. I hear many boys don t return to NWS after middle school.
- submitted by a parent