Dear Northwest School Families,

The mission of the Northwest School (NWS) Parent Association (PA) is to build and encourage a united parent community and to provide a network of communication between NWS families, faculty, administration and the Board of Trustees. We are committed to supporting the NWS’s philosophy of educating students with historical, scientific, artistic and global perspective, thus enabling our children to think and act with integrity.

As a parent or guardian of a NWS student, you are automatically a member of the PA. In being a part of this group, you are encouraged to join in the activities that the PA sponsors. You can attend Parent Education Forums where important parenting topics are discussed. You can serve as a Parent Representative (Rep) and help facilitate and enhance communication. You can attend Parent Rep meetings where grade-level family feedback and the administration’s responses about the NWS’s educational and administrative practices are shared. You are welcome to participate in activities celebrating the school’s diversity and creativity, volunteer your time and skills to social endeavors, or support school community members in times of need.

However you choose to be involved, we hope that you find within the PA a community that welcomes and supports you and your family. Please feel free to contact your Parent Representative, or any of us, with questions or comments.


Darren Carnell and Erin Gustafson
Middle School Co-chairs

Julie Kalmus and Mary Seifred
Domestic Upper School Co-chairs

Julie Packard and Lecia Phinney
International Upper School Co-chairs

Valerie Long
Parent Education Chair

Parent Association Goals

    • To promote a sense of community and encourage open communication between families and the Northwest School.
    • To provide educational opportunities for parents and guardians through various Parent Association forums, groups, and activities.
    • To support the Northwest School’s mission and philosophy by recruiting volunteers to help with school events, programs and activities.

    Parent Association Structure

    The Parent Association is a self-perpetuating group that is approved by the Board of Trustees. All parents and guardians of The Northwest School are members of our Parent Association. The leadership of the Parent Association is comprised of two Co-Chairs for the Middle School, four Co-Chairs for the Upper School, and one Chair for the Parent Education Program.

    There are six or more volunteer Domestic Parent Representatives per grade who provide a vital communication link between domestic families and administration, as well as one to two International Parent Representatives per Upper School grade who provide a similar communication link between international students, their families (on occasion) and the school. Annual Parent Association Meetings hosted by school administrators are also convened overseas, usually in Beijing, Shanghai, and Taipei. Meetings have also been held in Seoul, Shenzhen, and Tokyo in recent years

    Parent Events