The Northwest Academy

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Northwest Academy
Northwest Academy Main Building 2015.png
Northwest Academy is located in Portland, Oregon
Northwest Academy
Northwest Academy
1130 SW Main Street
Portland, Oregon, Multnomah County, 97205
 United States
Coordinates 45°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
Type Private
Opened 1997
Principal Mary Folberg
Grades 6-12[1]
Number of students 183[2]
Mascot Angry Pigeon
Accreditation Northwest Association of Accredited Schools[1]

Northwest Academy is an independent middle and high school in Portland, Oregon, United States. Class sizes are small (average of 15 students per class).[citation needed] Teachers include former college instructors and professional artists, directors, dancers, musicians, and writers.


The school was founded in 1997 by Mary Vinton Folberg, former artistic director of The Jefferson Dancers and sister of Claymation creator Will Vinton. A dancer herself, Folberg set out to create a private, non-profit 6-12 school with an emphasis on academic achievement and the arts.[citation needed] The middle school was opened in 2002, with the total school population over 200 students for the 2015-2016 school year.[citation needed]

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  2. ^ Anderson, Jennifer (June 21, 2012). "NW Academy finds room to stretch out". The Portland Tribune. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  3. ^ de Barros, Paul (15 January 2008). "A hopeful outlook for jazz". The Seattle Times.