Student Interest Groups

Any student with a passion or interest can start an Interest Group at The Northwest School. These groups meet from one to three times a month and can operate any number of ways depending on the students involved. Some, such as the Feminist Interest Group, raise awareness on social issues throughout the community. Others, like the Coding Group, inspire students to learn from and teach each other about rapidly changing technologies in society.

Sample Groups

Environmental Action Interest Group
(EIG) Students in this group started the school’s first full composting program and expanded its recycling program. Every year, EIG students organize Green Week, often arranging outside speakers to update and enlighten the school community and holding after-school screenings for environmentally-themed films.

Model UN Interest Group
The Model UN Interest Group was started by students interested in international relations. Model UN members have organized extra-curricular trips to speaking sessions with foreign diplomats in Seattle, and have participated in Model UN events around the region. The group also helps coordinate the NWS Global Affairs Speaker Series, which organizes discussions with global relation experts.

Robotics Interest Group
The Robotics Interest Group consists of Middle School students interested in expanding their knowledge of robotics through an emphasis on programming techniques, the design process, and problem solving. Throughout much of the year, students work to compete in a robotics summit in which robots are tasked to complete an operation. In the 2016-17 school year, students created robots that could follow lines on a map to simulate robots creating fire lines in forests to combat forest fires.

Social Justice Squad
(SJS) is a 6-12 grade Interest Group committed to promoting and tackling some of the toughest issues in society. Students work closely with faculty to help plan and execute community-wide conversations on subjects such as race relations and microaggressions. In its first year, the SJS brought the entire school together during a special extended Community Meeting to help explain microaggressions to the student body and what the community can do to stop them.

Other Interest Groups include:

  • Acting
  • Amnesty International
  • Badminton
  • Black Student Union
  • Community Meeting Student Committee
  • Coral Reef DIY
  • Cupcakes for a Cause
  • Eclectic Jam Sessions
  • Feminist Interest Group
  • Free Draw Interest Group
  • GLAM (Gay, Lesbian, and More)
  • History Day
  • Internet of Things
  • Lacrosse
  • Mandarin (Ni Hao)
  • Math Club
  • Middle School Book Club
  • Middle School Social Events Planning Committee
  • Mindfulness
  • Opera Club
  • Outdoor Program
  • PlayClayPlay
  • Quiet Recreational Reading
  • Standardized Calm
  • Strings and Composition Group
  • The Foundation For Tomorrow
  • Water1st