Interested in Enrolling at NWSOIL?

With a campus conveniently located in Tacoma, Washington; admission to the NWSOIL requires a referral from the student’s home (local) school district and students must have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan to be considered to our program. We are open to discussing our school program with parents, guardians and other agency personnel, although tours and placement needs to be scheduled with the students’ local school district.

Placement for prospective students comes to us through the Special Education/Student Services Department of their district. Once a school district has determined that all resources within the district have been exhausted in an effort to support a student, an out-of-district placement may be sought; NW School is one of those options, and we are an approved Non-Public Agency (NPA) through the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

We are happy to work with interested parties and representatives in their home districts in an effort to provide easier navigation in what can be a complicated process. Districts require a Release of Information (ROI) to share records with the Northwest School of Innovative Learning, and this is completed via the appropriate district representative.

Your child may be a good fit if they need support with:

  • Disruptive behavior patterns in home and school
  • Inability to progress academically in a standard school setting
  • Inability to succeed in school-based special education programs
  • Failure in a variety of school settings due to emotional or behavioral disability
  • Difficulties with social skills and peer relations
  • Depression and social isolation
  • Bipolar Disorder and Mood Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Limited problem solving skills and poor insight
  • Attention Deficit or Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Impulsive and compulsive behaviors
  • Truancy
  • Opposition or defiance with authority figures
  • Anger management and aggressive behavior problems


Some students attend the school for a short term; other students stay until they have graduated high school. Our staff partners with parents and students to determine the optimal school environment for each student’s progress. When your student is ready to return to their home school, we coordinate closely with the school district to help ensure a smooth transition.

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