NWSOIL Program Overview

Our goal at the Northwest School of Innovative Learning (NWSOIL) is to work closely with school districts to create an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that suits each child’s specific needs. NWSOIL equally balances academics and behavioral management in the classroom by providing a strong core curriculum and implementation of mental health therapies and therapeutic interventions. Our students are able to acquire more adaptive coping skills through group therapy and behavior modification within a supportive and collaborative learning environment.

Every Student Matters at NWSOIL

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

NWSOIL is fully funded by school district resources and approved through the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction; placements are handled through school district representatives. Prospective parents, agencies, and schools are encouraged to contact their local school district for information regarding criteria for admission. We currently serve the counties of King, Snohomish, Mason, Pierce, and Thurston counties.

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Please contact your home school district to receive approval on enrolling your child.

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Customized Learning Environments

  • Small class sizes, with the goal of 6-10 students per teacher
  • Students placed in classrooms best suited to their academic and social needs
  • Individualized Education Plans (IEP) and transition planning with home districts
  • Full-day programming Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with early dismissal on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m.
  • Extended School Year (ESY) program open year-round (including summer sessions)
  • Educational screenings and academic status assessments
  • Daily group and individual therapy as well as weekly family therapy offered
  • Daily recreational therapy groups, supervised by a certified recreational therapist.
  • Consultations with a child and adolescent psychiatrist
  • Coordination with outpatient treatment providers
  • Medication monitoring upon request
  • School-wide Positive Behavior Support System (SW-PBS)
  • Transportation throughout the school year, provided by the students’ school district

Our Programs are Specialized and Designed to:

  • Increase student self-awareness in regards to strengths, challenges, and goals for future academic and emotional growth
  • Help students enhance their problem-solving skills
  • Offer support and teach skills, based in the areas of math, reading, writing, adaptive, and social/emotional
  • Support continuing student social development with transitional reintegration to home school, community, and secondary education and services.

Curriculum and Resources

A Win-Win Learning Strategy | Strong Family Engagement, Consistency & Expectations

Based off of the student’s IEP and through a continuous comprehensive assessment, each student at NWSOIL receives grade-appropriate academic instruction combined with an ongoing therapeutic treatment environment.

NWSOIL incorporates School-Wide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS) into the learning environment; with this integration into the classroom, the underlying theme is teaching behavioral expectations in the same manner as any core curriculum subject. For example, the expectation is that each student embodies Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, into their code of conduct. Consistency from class to class and adult to adult is very important for successful implementation of SW-PBS and strong family engagement and empowerment is encouraged for the success of your child.

Students are able to excel in a NWSOIL learning and therapeutic environment!

With the implementation of therapeutic exercises; students can:

  • Gain independence and socialization skills
  • Have a better understanding of personal boundaries and interactions
  • Overcome anxieties, take risks, and be able to express themselves
  • Improve communication skills
  • Practice leadership and care taking roles
  • Gain confidence