Domestic Admissions

As the premier urban college preparatory school in the Puget Sound region, The Northwest School offers a challenging and vigorous interdisciplinary academic program that engages and inspires student growth, encouraging a love of learning and preparing students for college and beyond. Annually, we draw students from an average of 25 schools for both middle and upper school, from all over the greater Seattle area.

Our admission process is holistic in approach and considers every aspect of the application to determine a student's admissibility. We then strive to put together a class that reflects the values of our mission statement and contains the hallmark traits of our students: kindness, thoughtfulness, and respect.

Applications for the 2020-21 school year are now open. Please contact us at 206-816-6032 or with any questions.

We offer five morning school bus routes. Please click here for more information.

For families outside of the United States whose student would need a student visa and/or English language support to attend, please go to our International Admissions section.

Please click the button below to apply through Ravenna.

As you consider The Northwest School as an academic opportunity for your student, please know:

  • We are an intentional community and as such have specifically chosen to offer an integrated, liberal arts curriculum, with a focus on social justice. We value the arts as a core part of our curriculum and as an opportunity for creative expression. For over 35 years we have chosen to be an internationally inclusive community providing a global experience both in and outside of the classroom and offering students the option to travel abroad.
  • We teach students how to learn, support healthy risk taking in academic, athletic, and artistic settings, and offer differentiated learning in our classrooms.
  • We help students find their voice through the gifts and talents they possess and learn, honoring the effort and respecting the experience. Students are encouraged to pursue their interests and share those experiences with the greater community.

We look forward to meeting you this admissions season and welcome you to attend one of our many events during the fall. If you have any questions about The Northwest School or about the admissions process, please feel free to contact our office at 206.682.7309 or


Admissions Viewbook


Northwest School Viewbook 2019-20

Meet Our Students & Faculty

Our school community is composed of many individuals learning and working together in a respectful atmosphere. Meet a few of our students and faculty below, and learn how they are part of interdisciplinary college preparatory education. Click any photo to read a Q&A with the pictured student or faculty member.

Meet our Admissions Faculty

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