Seattle United States of America
The Northwest School

Thank you for considering The Northwest School.


The Start of Something Big In 1978, in a little coffee shop in Redmond, Washington, three friends who also happened to be teachers, Paul Raymond, Ellen Taussig, and Mark Terry, were talking about what they felt was lacking in education. Suddenly, Mark said, “Hey, what about starting our own school?” They all looked at one another, sketched out some plans on a napkin, and within a few short weeks they had filed papers as the essential three-member board of a nonprofit organization. The Northwest School opened its doors in the fall of 1980 to 230 students. It was a 6-12 school, just as it is today, and was centered on the belief that to create a great school you must first hire a great faculty. The following spring, its first ten graduates received their diplomas. Over the next 35 years the school added an international boarding program and doubled the size of its student body. Today, we enroll 500 students, 80 of whom are from countries other than the United States. While our community of students and faculty make the school what it is, the buildings in which we learn and teach are a meaningful part of our culture. The school’s original building, known as the Summit School building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, and has been designated an official City of Seattle historic landmark. Another wing to the Summit School building was completed in 2006, housing the Library, Computer Lab, Photography Studio, Music Studio, Dance Studio and two multi-use classrooms. In 2011, we purchased the nearby wedge-shaped building that serves as our dormitory, and in 2014, we opened the doors to the school’s newest addition—401 E Pike

  • Day school tuition N/A - $39630 USD
  • Grades for day school 6th Grade/Year 7 -
    12th Grade/Year 13
  • Year founded 1980
  • Boarding school tuition N/A - $55830 USD
  • Grades for boarding school 9th Grade/Year 10 -
    12th Grade/Year 13
  • Curricula Host Country's National
  • Type Co-ed

Admissions Information


  • Assigns homework Yes
  • Use of technology in the classroom Yes
  • Language of instruction English
  • Native English teachers Yes

School Life

  • Most common nationality US
  • Average class size 16

Sports Teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball