The Northwest School, Seattle, WA, United States

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The Northwest School is a co-ed, middle and high boarding school with a student population of about 500 students. Located in downtown Seattle, The Northwest School offers a college preparatory experience grounded in vigorous study. Its challenging curriculum teaches students to discover the connections between historic, scientific, and artistic fields of knowledge. This excellent boarding school has a national reputation as a vibrant intellectual community and has been recognized by the US Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. The Northwest School is the only school in Seattle with a co-ed international boarding program. The school`s dormitory located on campus offers a safe environment in which faculty and students work together to create a community that supports personal growth. This international boarding school has a unique interdisciplinary program of studies which consists of an integrated humanities program, applied mathematics, science, language study, visual and performing arts experiences, and athletic competition.  This top boarding school offers 55 art courses in Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts taught by professional artists.  It fields 30 teams in Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country, Track and Field, and Ultimate Frisbee. Students of this excellent boarding school are actively engaged in sports, the arts, community projects, and outdoor activities.  The Northwest School provides also many opportunities for students to experience the natural environment beyond the city, through sea kayaking, rock climbing, skiing, hiking, biking and camping. The Outdoor Program offers a schedule of day and weekend-long trips throughout the year.  Graduates of this prestigious boarding school attend some of the top universities in the nation and abroad. Every year representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities from across the United States visit the school to recruit NWS students.  All school`s graduates are admitted to universities and colleges.  

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60,485 USD

About the school

The Northwest School 2 acres campus is anchored in the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood of downtown Seattle. The school`s urban campus is surrounded by many art studios, museums, concert halls and theaters. The campus is just a few minutes` walk from the shore of the Pacific Ocean, famous Pike Place Market, the first Starbucks coffee shop, the Paramount Theater, the Pacific Science Center, the Space Needle and many other cultural landmarks and recreational activities.  

The school’s main building “The House” constructed in 1905, is a designated historic landmark. Just across the street students step into another building—and another century. Completed in 2014, 401 E. Pike connects and unifies the school’s campus and is an exciting addition to Seattle’s dynamic Capitol Hill neighborhood.
The House
This is where it all began. In 1980, The Northwest School welcomed its first students through the majestic doors of the 1905 Summit School building. The House—as we lovingly call it—was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, and has been declared an official City of Seattle landmark. In 2006, a major renovation and expansion included the addition of classrooms, a computer lab, library, dance studio, and photography lab.
401 East Pike
Located just across the street from the original building, our new building features a league-size gym, a 175-seat theatre, a two-tiered dining room, and a rooftop sports field.

Sandwiched between Crawford and Bellevue Avenue sits our West Court and Urban Farm and Garden. The lot is a multi-use space, providing a half-basketball court for students to enjoy under the sun. The other half is the Urban Farm and Garden, which was constructed by a student-led initiative in the spring of 2017

School accreditations: NWAIS, NAIS, TABS, NSLA, PBC, NBOA, DIEN, the National Summer Learning Association

The Northwest School is the only independent school in Seattle with an international boarding program and dormitory. Our residential dormitory is located on campus and houses approximately 60 students from more than 10 countries on gender-specific floors. Students live two to a room, sometimes with a roommate from a different country. Common areas include lounges where students can relax, watch TV, laundry facilities, a computer lab a study room. Experienced residential advisors are always present and students enjoy full housing amenities, nutritious meals prepared by our professional kitchen staff, and evening and weekend outings.

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Academic life

College Preparatory 
Grades Offered (Boarding) 9-12
Grades Offered (Day) 6-12

Support for Students with Learning Differences

AP Courses: Advanced Calculus, Advanced Chemistry, Advanced English Composition, Advanced Spanish, Advanced Photography, Advanced Drawing

Sport and culture

Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball

Visual Arts, Dance, Music, Theatre 

For more than 30 years, The Northwest School has provided a welcoming and engaging summer program for youth from across Seattle, the U.S. and the world. Every year, our campers represent more than 15 countries.

With integration at all levels—from the classroom to the dorm room—we truly are an international camp; English becomes a passport to new friendships and understanding for both American and International students as they learn together in class, and play together outside of the camp day.

Environmental Sustainability 
Session 1: July 9 – July 20
Session 2: July 23 – August 3
Session 3: August 6 – August 17
Tuition & Fees
Half Day  $600
Full Day  $875
Full Day + Boarding $2375

Our camp is open to youth ages 10-16, with the exception of our boarding program, which has a minimum age requirement of 12.

Location Description

1415 Summit Ave, Seattle WA 98122

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