Northwest Yeshiva High School

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Northwest Yeshiva High School
5017 90th Avenue S.E.
Mercer Island, Washington 98040
United States
Type Jewish High School
Motto Dedicated To Educational Excellence
Established 1974[1]
CEEB code 481173
NCES School ID 01913756[2]
Head of School Rabbi Ron-Ami Meyers (Interim)
Faculty 19[2]
Grades High School
Gender coed[2]
Number of students 62
Campus type Urban
Color(s) Gold, Navy Blue, White
Athletics WIAA Class IB[3]
Mascot The 613's
Accreditation Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC)[4]

Located in Mercer Island, Washington, Northwest Yeshiva High School is the state's only co-ed, college preparatory, dual-curriculum Jewish High School.[5]


Founded in 1974, initially as an extension of Seattle Hebrew Academy in Seattle, Washington, Northwest Yeshiva was founded to incubate a Jewish environment for higher college preparatory learning in the region.[6] In 1992, it moved to Mercer Island, Washington to the campus that it occupies today.[7] Rabbi Bernie Fox retired in 2016 as Head of School after 31 years in the position. Rabbi Ron-Ami Meyers is currently serving as the interim Head of School. Mr. Bob Court is the Academic Dean. Mrs. Malka Popper is the Assistant Head of School.


The school's campus includes a sanctuary for prayer, multifunctional classrooms, a library, science and computer labs, a lunchroom, and an outdoor sport court.[6]


Northwest Yeshiva's curriculum is integrated, encompassing both Judaic studies, including comprehensive Torah study that emphasis the development of critical thinking skills, as well as College Preparatory Academics.[8]

The school is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC).[4]

Judaic Studies[edit]

The primary objective of its Judaic Studies curriculum is to prepare students to be committed Jews and valuable members of the community. To accomplish this goal the school focuses on understanding of Torah without being limited to rote memorization, Mitzvot, and Jewish identity.[9]

College Preparatory Studies[edit]

The school's College Preparatory Studies program focuses on critical thinking, curiosity, positive engagement with the community, and providing a secular preparatory education.

NYHS offers College in the High School courses in which students can earn University of Washington college credit. Currently, NYHS offers this option for Calculus A & B, Biology, and Computer Science. For Fall 2016, freshmen will have the opportunity to take a full STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum thanks to NYHS's partnership with the Center for the Initiatives in Jewish Education and the Samis Foundatiuon.


A member of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA), within the State Class IB, Northwest Yeshiva competes in multiple sports.[3] In reference to the Torah's total number of mitzvot or commandments, the school's teams are known as the 613s.[10]

The 613s compete in men's basketball, women's basketball, women's volleyball, and mixed cross-country, golf, and track.

In 2010, a WIAA State Girls' Basketball Tournament conflicted with Purim's Fast of Esther. The school's team, who had made it to State for the first time, had to balance religious obligations with playing and, in the end, decided there would be "no forfeit of faith," garnering significant media coverage. [5][11] Again in 2011, a WIAA State Girls' Volleyball Tournament conflicted, this time with Sabbath. Northwest's team once again decided "no forfeit of faith." [12]



  1. ^ a b c "Facts About NYHS". Facts About NYHS. Northwest Yeshiva High School. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  2. ^ a b c "Search for Private Schools – School Detail for Northwest Yeshiva High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved Oct 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Member School Directory". Member School Directory. Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  4. ^ a b "Northwest Yeshiva Maintains Accreditation". Northwest Yeshiva Maintains Accreditation. Mercer Island Patch. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  5. ^ a b Sandsberry, Scott. "No Forfeit For Faith For Jewish High School". No Forfeit For Faith For Jewish High School. Yakima Herald. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  6. ^ a b "History". History. Northwest Yeshiva High School. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  7. ^ "Guide To Jewish Washington". Guide To Jewish Washington. Jewish Transcript of Washington. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  8. ^ "About NYHS". About NYHS. Northwest Yeshiva High School. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  9. ^ "Curriculum Guide" (PDF). Curriculum Guide. Northwest Yeshiva High School. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  10. ^ Blanchette, John. "Northwest Yeshiva Adds Diversity To State IB". Northwest Yeshiva Adds Diversity To State IB. The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  11. ^ "100 Reasons We Love Seattle, #71". 100 Reasons We Love Seattle, #71. Seattle Met. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  12. ^ "Sabbath scheduling forces its volleyball team from state tournament". Sabbath scheduling forces Northwest Yeshiva's volleyball team from state tournament. Q13 Fox Seattle. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 

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Coordinates: 47°33′29.51″N 122°13′11.94″W / 47.5581972°N 122.2199833°W / 47.5581972; -122.2199833