• Can students or parents come to the campus?

    In short, no. For the safety of The Northwest School community and to support shelter in place guidelines, the campus is essentially closed. This includes the gymnasium, the rooftop playfield, the West Court, and the Urban Farm and Garden. (Do not worry, the chickens and the garden are being tended to by a rotating cast of faculty.) The few faculty remaining on campus are considered essential for basic needs.

  • Is Upper School Graduation cancelled?

    Our traditional Upper School commencement gathering at Town Hall is cancelled. In its place, we will have a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, June 9, at 7:00 pm Pacific Standard Time. It will be streamed on a platform that is yet to be determined and will be accessible in all locations, here and abroad. The ceremony should last no more than 90 minutes. We encourage families to host watch parties to celebrate their senior!

  • When is the 8th Grade Fly-up Ceremony?

    The Northwest School 8th Grade Fly-up ceremony will take place as scheduled, albeit remotely, on June 12, at 12:30 p.m., with a Zoom reception for the 8th grade to follow. More details to come in the coming weeks.

  • Are athletics cancelled?

    In accordance with Governor Jay Inslee’s decision to shut down school campuses for the remainder of the school year, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) has cancelled all regular season contests and practices, as well as all postseason tournaments and championship events.

  • What are the school’s goals for online learning in Trimester 3?

    Our seven primary goals for online learning for Trimester 3 are: educate, inspire, offer structure and grounding, encourage balance, provide continuity, bring awareness to equity considerations, and foster community and engagement.

  • Why Credit/No Credit?

    The decision to go to Credit/No Credit is an acknowledgement that Trimester 3 is, in terms of both content and approach, unlike any other trimester. Students and Faculty are mastering new learning platforms, working from different home circumstances, navigating illness, and managing anxiety. Our hope is without the added pressure of grading, students and faculty can engage meaningfully with the course content, with the flexibility to adapt to circumstances as they arise.

  • I am a current international student at Northwest taking online classes. Is my F-1 visa status still active?

    The United States Student Exchange and Visitor Program will allow F-1 students to temporarily count online classes towards a full course of study and you are still in Active F-1 status. However, this is a temporary provision and is only in effect for the duration of the emergency. We will update international students as we learn of changes to these temporary regulations.

  • Will there be Mid-trimester 3 feedback?

    We will still have the same system of mid-trimester feedback for students with LSPs or if there is a specific concern raised that needs to be communicated. We are anticipating that this will happen on or before the week of May 4th.

  • Will there still be narrative evaluations for Trimester 3?

    We know that narrative evaluations are more important than ever in this new circumstance. Teachers will be asked to provide robust commentary for third trimester that will reflect student engagement and student progress on specific projects and assessments throughout the term.

  • Are teachers taking attendance?

    During this period of remote learning, we are operating as if school is in session as it is normally. Teachers are taking attendance at the beginning of each class. If your student is sick or is going to miss a class for any reason, you must contact attendance@northwestschool.org as you normally would.

  • How can my student meet one-on-one with their teacher?

    Our modified block schedule has multiple opportunities each week for students and teachers to connect via Microsoft Teams for one-on-one meetings. Each Monday, 1:30-2:10 pm, we will hold advisory. Each Monday, 2:10-3:00 pm, Wednesday, 1:30-2:30 pm, and Friday, 1:30-3:00 pm, is set aside for independent work time and office hours. Students should communicate with their teachers and set up a meeting during these times.

    To see the modified rotating block schedule, click here.

  • How do I contact the Learning Resources team?

    Rae Page (grades 6-9) and Hillary French (grades 10-12) are accessible by email during regular school hours (8:00 am-4:00 pm). They will be relying on teachers, students and families to be in close communication should a need arise to partner together and help provide support. Do not hesitate to reach out to them anytime, as they are available and want to make this new way of learning as seamless as possible for all.

  • How do I contact the School Counselors?

    The counseling office will be available to students and families for solution-focused, and strengths-based support to problem solve, and provide resources and referral resources. These include brief 20-minute sessions for students and families during our online “school day” and “off hours” support for our international students and families spread out across time zones.

    Megan Reibel, M.Ed - https://calendly.com/nws_megan_reibel - Megan is the grade level counselor for students and families in the Classes of 2020, 2022, 2024 and 2026.

    Erin North, MSW, LICSW, - https://calendly.com/erin-north - Erin is the grade level counselor for students and families in the Classes of 2021, 2023, and 2025.

    Please note: Our school counseling department is not able to provide Telehealth services. Students who are already connected with a mental health provider outside of school are encouraged to maintain regular therapeutic check points.

  • What do I do if I am experiencing technical issues?

    Please email helpdesk@northwestschool.org. This will create a ticket and our I.T. staff will be in contact directly with you as soon as possible.

  • How can current students access our College Counselors?

    College counselors are available to 11th and 12th grade students for individual and family counseling meeting throughout the remote learning period. Meetings will take place via Microsoft Teams and will occur outside of class times.

    Erin Miller will schedule 40-minute 11th grade student and family college counseling meetings at 7:30 am, 8:10 am, 1:30 pm, 2:10 pm, 2:50 pm, and 3:30 pm. She will schedule 15- or 30-minute 12th grade check-in meetings during students' free periods between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm, as well as at 4:15 pm.

    To schedule a meeting with Erin, please use this Calendly link.

    Veronica Leyva will schedule 15- or 30-minute 12th grade check-in meetings between 7:30 am and 5:00 pm during students' free periods.

    To schedule a meeting with Vero, please use this Calendly link.