Intellectual Courage

Because real learning happens outside one’s comfort zone, we encourage students to be bold. To seek answers in new places. To take a fresh approach, rather than just the next logical step. It’s what keeps learning exciting and makes it personal. At The Northwest School, students find a supportive community where they feel safe to take risks—and where mistakes are seen as an important part of learning. Fear of “not doing it right” takes a backseat as a new level of confidence emerges.

One of the key meta-skills I got from Northwest was to not beat myself up when I didn’t succeed on the first try but to use it as a teachable moment. I tried new things, failed, and tried again. When I did my first startup company I didn’t know how to do any of it but I was self-critical and I learned from it.

Emmett Shear ’01

CEO, Twitch