We will be accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year beginning September 1.

For detailed instructions about how to apply, and to submit an international application, please create an account by clicking on the link below.

Apply Online

Application Process for the 2019-2020 School Year

There are two cycles of international application review

  • Round One Application Deadline: Dec. 14, 2018
  • Round Two Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2019

1. Submit an Online Application via Ravenna (click the Apply Online button above)

  • In Ravenna, you will:
  • - Create an application profile
  • - Complete the preliminary application
  • - Pay the application fee
  • - Submit the preliminary application
  • - Submit a parent statement
  • - Submit the international student questionnaire
  • - Delegate teacher assessment forms
  • - Submit the financial statement

2. Supplemental Forms to be Returned Separately

  • Certificate of Deposit or Bank Statement from the tuition payer's bank (return by mail)
  • School Transcripts sent to the school in sealed envelopes (return by mail)
  • English Proficiency Test Score Report - For TOEFL Jr. and IELTS score reports only, you may return these by mail - most testing institutions will report directly to The Northwest School - see Ravenna online application for more details

Return supplemental forms to:

The Northwest School
Attention: International Admissions
1415 Summit Avenue
Seattle, Washington, 98122
Fax: 206.816.6081

English proficiency testing is required for all international applicants. However, meeting or exceeding the minimum test score is not a guarantee of admission to NWS. We accept the following tests:

International students not applying to the English as Second Language supported college preparatory curriculum should also provide ISEE or SSAT test scores.

3. Schedule and complete a visit or interview

We require an interview as part of the application, either in person or via an online video-call. The submission of a writing sample will be included during the interview. In-person interviews are possible during our recruitment travel outside the United States as well. Please contact the International Admission Office to make an appointment.

You can track the receipt of your supplemental materials on your online application personal checklist; please be aware that processing for supplemental forms may take up to 5-10 business days.

Admission to The Northwest School is competitive, but not limited to one measure. A committee comprised of faculty and administrators considers the following sources of information: the application, academic records, teacher evaluations, personal recommendation, test score (TOEFL, IELTS, iTEP-SLATE, DET, or EIKEN), school visit/interview, and a student’s talents, character and leadership qualities. The International Admission Committee will consider multiple factors and determine the most suitable program for the applicant.

Contact Us

If you need assistance with any part of the application process, please contact the Assistant Director of Admissions - International, John (Jack) Lloyd at 206.682.7309 x6080, or by email at