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Hello there!


Welcome to a special community – NWCA has been providing an unparalleled academic experience for students in Preschool – Grade 5, who call the Portland, OR area their home.  We combine the best of the East with the strengths of the West: the challenge of the Chinese national curriculum in language studies and Math, and a proven, standards-based curriculum focused on engaged, student-centered learning.  We are a tight-knit community of learners, founded by parents, remaining supportive of and supported by the families that make up our community.  

Our students are engaged in the learning process in Mandarin 90% of their time with native-Mandarin speaking teachers.  These teachers bring the richness of Chinese language and culture alive for students through each interaction. They also bring to the classroom China’s intrinsic respect for the power of education to make an impact in an individual’s lives. This respect, transferred to students during their time here, means that our alumni develop into confident, academically prepared student leaders, who are thriving in whatever direction life leads them.  Our students excel in not only Chinese, but also as users of the English language, which is validated by the performance of students in their English Language arts classes, school performances, and performance on annual standardized exams.  

More than anything, our students learn to be global citizens through our Phoenix Values system:  they learn to be Kind, Responsible, Courteous, and Safe. They learn the importance connection between leadership and service through opportunities to participate in Phoenix Council.  And they learn that they can achieve excellence inside and outside of the classroom.  

I take pride in bringing the skills I learned during my twelve years in China and deep respect for Chinese language, culture and people to my interactions with community members each day.  This is a place to go beyond understanding another culture through the lens of politics and media and to really get to know people and a culture as they are.  

Come, join us, and schedule a tour to see the NWCA impact for yourself.  I look forward to welcoming you to explore our new 3-acre camps in the Aloha-Beaverton area: ten minutes west of downtown Beaverton, eight-minutes from the Nike World Campus, and 10 minutes east of Hillsboro.  

Martha A. Ortiz

Head of School