Domestic Admissions

As the premier urban college preparatory school in the Puget Sound region, The Northwest School offers a challenging and vigorous interdisciplinary academic program that engages and inspires student growth, encouraging a love of learning and preparing students for college and beyond. Annually, we draw students from an average of 25 schools for both middle and upper school, from all over the greater Seattle area.

Our admission process is holistic in approach and considers every aspect of the application to determine a student's admissibility. We then strive to put together a class that reflects the values of our mission statement and contains the hallmark traits of our students: kindness, thoughtfulness, and respect.

Applications for the 2021-22 school year are now open. Please contact us at 206-816-6032 or admissions@northwestschool.org with any questions.

For families outside of the United States whose student would need a student visa and/or English language support to attend, please go to our International Admissions section.

We look forward to meeting you this admissions season and welcome you to attend one of our many events during the fall. If you have any questions about The Northwest School or about the admissions process, please feel free to contact our office at 206.682.7309 or admissions@northwestschool.org.

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Northwest School Viewbook 2020-21

  • What is your tuition?

    Our tuition for the 2020-21 School Year is $39,075 for Middle School students and $42,275 for Upper School students. Tuition includes lunch. For more information please click here.

  • Do you offer financial aid?

    As part of our commitment to nurturing a diverse community as part of our mission, Northwest offers need based financial aid as well as support for educational costs in addition to tuition for families that need it through The Northwest School Experience Fund, to help make our educational program accessible for more families.

    • We fund 100% of determined financial need.
    • Thirty of 103 financial aid recipients receive 100% aid.
    • Our average aid award for the 2020-21 school year is $30,212 (76% of Upper School tuition)
    • Every family receiving financial aid has all extra fees covered at 100% by The Northwest Experience Fund.
    • In 2019-20, The Northwest Experience Fund paid for over $225,000 in fees and COVID-related assistance for families receiving aid.

    To learn more about our financial aid and how to apply, please click here.

  • How do I apply?

    Applications for the 2021-22 school year are now open. We are accepting applications through the Ravenna application website. Please click here for detailed instructions on how to apply, or click here to get started on Ravenna.

  • Do you offer bus service?

    We currently offer morning bus service with pickups on five routes in the greater Seattle area:

    • Northwest (Crown Hill/Ballard, Interbay, Queen Anne)
    • Northeast (Maple Leaf, Wedgwood, Laurelhurst)
    • West Seattle (White Center, California Junction)
    • Southeast (Renton, Rainier Beach, Columbia City, Leschi)
    • Eastside (Kirkland, Bellevue, Mercer Island)

Meet Our Students & Faculty

Our school community is composed of many individuals learning and working together in a respectful atmosphere. Meet a few of our students and faculty below, and learn how they are part of interdisciplinary college preparatory education. Click any photo to read a Q&A with the pictured student or faculty member.

Meet our Admissions Faculty

Learn more about Northwest School

Admissions Calendar