Portland, February 28th, 2015. The theme for the annual Club Cabaret was Denim and Diamonds. Over 300 supporters enjoyed the night at the Portland Art Museum benefiting the Northwest Academy. Fans donated $190,000 to support NWA’s Scholarship Fund by bidding on silent and live auction items. The highlight of the evening featured a spirited show with vintage western music that had guests tapping the toes of their cowboy boots. Produced by theater director Wade Willis, the performance included Northwest Academy dancers, vocalists and musicians. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus)

 Jock Nelson, John Ripper, Will Vinton, Mary Vinton Folberg, Trista Nelson

Jock Nelson, John Ripper, Will Vinton, Mary Vinton Folberg, Trista Nelson

Denim and Diamonds Performance by Northwest Academy students

Denim and Diamonds Performance by Northwest Academy students

Event Chair Betsy Meier and Head of School Mary Vinton Folberg

Event Chair Betsy Meier and Head of School Mary Vinton Folberg

From Northwest Academy:

PROFICIENCY-BASED LEARNING

At Northwest Academy, knowledge, skill, and academic maturity – rather than chronological age – determine a student’s placement. Appropriate placement is critical to the school’s proficiency-based program.  Proper placement positively affects a student’s motivation, initiative, and risk-taking, and it also impacts a student’s ability to succeed in subsequent years of study in a subject.

STRONG ACADEMIC AND ARTS PARTNERSHIP

Our arts and academic partnership promotes an environment in both arts and academic classes where a student’s multiple intelligences can flourish. Through their arts experiences, our students acquire skills and strategies–such as attention to detail, self-discipline, self-awareness, and risk-taking–that help them succeed in their academic classes.

SMALL CLASS SIZES AND PASSIONATE FACULTY

Northwest Academy’s commitment to small class sizes and access to faculty help students succeed at high levels.  In our classrooms, no student can disappear or remain passive about his or her learning.  Combined with an environment that encourages free and open inquiry, our teachers’ passion for their subject areas motivates student interest in learning and creative thinking.

DOWNTOWN PORTLAND CAMPUS

Northwest Academy’s campus is located in downtown Portland’s cultural district, near its public transportation hub. Surrounded by the Portland Art Museum, the Central Library, the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, the Northwest Film Center, and Portland State University, Northwest Academy students and faculty participate in the cultural and academic offerings near campus.

 

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