Our students learn to show up, be present, and get involved. At Community Meeting they stand up, say their names, and enlighten and invite classmates to join in worthy causes; in Student Interest Groups, they share ideas and activate around passionate interests; and at our annual school festivals, they collectively celebrate Northwest School values and applaud the hard work and accomplishments of their peers.

Most importantly, our students reach out to surrounding neighborhoods and organizations, volunteering for projects that range from funding water wells in Africa to raising money for polio to clearing brush from local parklands.

Here are some of the ways our students are engaging in and giving back to the community:

  • Feed the Homeless/Ceramic Bowls
  • Community Service Hours by Boarding Students

Service Learning

Giving back to the community is an important and expected part of a Northwest School education. Students of all grades, both domestic and international, have a myriad of opportunities to volunteer for service organizations and initiatives.

Here are a few of the other ways Northwest students get involved:

  • Eighth graders participate in Water1st’s Carry5 to raise funds and awareness for water availability in developing countries. So far they have raised enough to fund seven wells in developing countries.
  • Student members of the Environmental Interest Group devote time and effort to support the survival of endangered species.
  • Boarding students help to organize books for the Seattle Public Library, volunteer hours at the Woodland Park Zoo, and plant trees along the Mountains to Sound Greenway.
  • Twelfth graders volunteer 18 hours on a political campaign of their choosing as part of their Humanities curriculum.
  • Eleventh graders first raise funds for the annual Migrant Farmworker trip, and then on the trip they help build structures to improve the quality of life for migrant farmworkers in Lynden, Washington.