The Northwest Academy

Northwest Academy is an independent, arts-focused middle and high school (grades 6–12) in downtown Portland, Oregon, United States.[5] The school is accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS). Teachers include former college instructors and professional artists, directors, dancers, musicians, and writers. Students are grouped by proficiency rather than age and advance based on demonstrating what they have learned.[6]

Northwest Academy
Northwest Academy Main Building 2015.png
1130 SW Main Street

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United States
Coordinates45°31′04″N 122°41′07″W / 45.517815°N 122.685282°W / 45.517815; -122.685282Coordinates: 45°31′04″N 122°41′07″W / 45.517815°N 122.685282°W / 45.517815; -122.685282
PrincipalChris Schuck [2]
Enrollment210[3] (2012)
Team nameThe Angry Pigeons
RivalLincoln High School
AccreditationNorthwest Association of Independent Schools[1]
NewspaperThe Pigeon Press [4]


The high school was founded in 1997 by Mary Vinton Folberg and had 26 students its first year. Folberg was an English and dance teacher in California before launching the Jefferson High School dance department in Portland in 1969 and then The Jefferson Dancers in 1976. She founded Northwest Academy to develop an arts-focused high school.[7] The middle school was opened in 2002. The total school enrollment was over 200 students for the 2015–2016 school year.[8]

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  1. ^ a b "Find a NWAIS School". Northwest Association of Independent Schools. Retrieved 9 September 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  3. ^ "Welcome". Northwest Academy. Retrieved 14 September 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  5. ^ "Private Schools Guide 2011 | Home & Garden Design for the Northwest | Portland Monthly". Retrieved 2016-07-01.
  6. ^ "Oregon education reform bills aim to create more flexible, individualized public schools". Retrieved 2016-07-01.
  7. ^ "Light A Fire 2013 | City & Region | Portland Monthly". Retrieved 2016-07-01.
  8. ^ "Interview: Mary Folberg - The Pigeon Press | Northwest Academy". 2016-03-02. Retrieved 2016-07-01.
  9. ^ de Barros, Paul (15 January 2008). "A hopeful outlook for jazz". The Seattle Times.