- The Northwest Academy
The Northwest Academy, an arts and performing arts high school located in Northwest
Portland, Oregon, United States, was founded by Mary Vinton Folberg, former artistic director of The Jefferson Dancersand sister of " Claymation" creator Will Vintonin 1997. A dancer herself, and former Miss Oregon1958, Folberg set out to create a private, non-profit 6-12 school with an emphasis on academic achievement and the arts. Students participate in a rigorous regimen of courses, which includes visual and performing arts, and are held to extremely high standards in their work as students.Fact|date=June 2007
The Northwest Academy is committed to education through the integration of the arts, offering "motivated and talented students" programs which, in theory, emphasize and value creative thinking, individual choice, academic rigor, and self-discipline, taught by "master" teachers and professionals active in their fields.
In many ways, The Northwest Academy accomplishes this goal.Fact|date=June 2007 Students perform in two fundraising events each year, "Club Cabaret," which is a variety show themed to look like something from old Hollywood, and "Esprit," which takes place at the end of the school year. Students contribute visual art and the show features spoken word, musical, and dance performances. These performances are for the purpose of showcasing the talents of the students and contributing to the coffers of the school, which is a not-for-profit organization. During the 2006-2007 school year, The Northwest Academy charged approximately $15,000 a year per student for tuition. It leases a building for its school and also uses several classrooms in The First unitarian Church of Portland, Oregon, which is across the street. The Northwest Academy also uses a studio a few blocks away.
The Northwest Academy has high standards of excellence for its students. Almost all of its graduates continue on to the college of their choice.
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* [http://www.nwacademy.org/ The Northwest Academy's Official Site]
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