The Northwest School announced today that it has purchased a 5362 square foot property on Capitol Hill for $2.35 million, an acquisition that will allow for new classrooms and offices and further develop the central campus area between Bellevue and Crawford Streets.
“We are extremely excited for this opportunity to create a more cohesive and connected urban campus and to provide new teaching and learning spaces for faculty and students,” says Head of School Mike McGill.
Adds Northwest School Board Chair Kathleen Wareham: “This property acquisition aligns with our strategic plan and is an important step toward ensuring the school’s health and well-being for decades to come.”
Formerly owned by Dorothy Sinnett, the property includes both land and building structures at 1406 Bellevue, including six rental units and five parking stalls. In the immediate future, the building will remain as is and continue housing renters. This fall, the school expects to engage architects in a needs assessment and master planning process that would take into account the new property, as well as recent acquisitions north and west of it, to design a dynamic urban campus that best serves Northwest’s students and faculty while remaining true to the school’s environmental commitments.
The school is not planning to increase its enrollment significantly or to separate its middle school from the high school. Small class sizes and an intentional 6-12 community are hallmarks of the school’s approach to education and will continue to be so into the future. Moreover, the interdisciplinary nature of the school’s curriculum precludes separating departments or grade levels into different buildings.
The Northwest School is an independent, co-educational, day and boarding, college preparatory school, serving 500 students in grades 6-12. Founded in 1980 and located in the historic Summit School building on Capitol Hill, the school emphasizes college preparatory academics, global learning, environmental studies, and an interdisciplinary curriculum of humanities, arts and sciences. For more information, visit www.northwestschool.org.