Support for Students

Support for Students

At the Northwest School all of our students participate fully in our curriculum, with accommodations and strategies tailored to an individual’s needs and which are implemented by the teacher directly within the classroom. Therefore, we do not offer direct 1:1 services that involve pulling a student out of the classroom to support their learning differences.

  • Families are expected to inform the school if a child has a diagnosis supported by an evaluation that would benefit from additional classroom supports, and/or if there are concerns about his or her learning.
  • For students with particular learning challenges, we gather data and input to provide referrals to ensure students receive appropriate assessments and tutoring from professionals in the Seattle community. The school works closely with diagnosticians and tutors to develop an effective learning plan.
  • Each student with an adequate assessment that reflects the student's needs and an appropriate diagnosis has a Learning Support Plan prepared by the Learning Resources Department. This plan is created in collaboration with evaluation recommendations and supports we can offer within a Northwest School classroom. The document is a synopsis of the assessment, and identifies specific teaching and learning strategies needed to promote academic success for that particular student. The Learning Support Plan is a living document that can be updated as Appropriate, based on the student's need.
  • Students with a Learning Support Plan meet with a member of the Learning Resources Department each year to check in and discuss how their plan is working and if any changes are needed. 
  • Faculty in the Learning Resources Department are always available upon request by a student, teacher, and/or family member, to meet with necessary parties during times when additional academic support is needed to ensure academic success.