The 2016-17 School Year

Currently, we are fully enrolled for the 2016-17 school year. We will begin accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year on September 1, 2016.

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

1. Submit an Online Application

There are two cycles of international application review:

  • Round 1 Application Deadline: December 9, 2016
  • Round 2 Application Deadline: February 13, 2017
  • $100 application fee required

2. Complete the Supplemental Forms

  • Financial Statement Complete the statement and have it certified by your bank/ financial institute.
  • Student Questionnaire Complete and return to NWS.
  • Math and English Assessments In your online Ravenna account, delegate these forms to your Math and English teachers. Teachers should submit assessments directly.
  • Transcript Release Send the school in which the student is currently enrolled, and to any other schools the student has attended in the past two years.

Return supplemental forms to:

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

3. Submit test scores

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:

  • TOEFL: The Northwest School institution code for the TOEFL is 1715. Preferred for international students who would like to be considered for our non-ESL college preparatory program.
  • TOEFL Jr.

International students not applying to the ESL program should also provide ISEE or SSAT test scores.

4. 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. Please contact the International Admission Office to make an appointment.

We will send you an email receipt when your application is complete. You can also 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, or EIKEN), school visit/interview, and a student’s talents, character and leadership qualities. The 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 International Admission Coordinator, John (Jack) Lloyd at 206.682.7309 x6080.