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Northwest Yeshiva High School

Northwest Yeshiva High School
5017 90th Avenue S.E.
Mercer Island, Washington, 98040
United States
Type Jewish High School
Motto Dedicated To Educational Excellence
Established 1974[1]
Head of School Rabbi Bernie Fox[2]
Grades High School
Enrollment 90
Campus type Urban
Color(s) Gold, Navy Blue, White
Athletics WIAA Class IB[3]
Mascot The 613's
Accreditation(s) Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC)[4]

Located in Mercer Island, Washington, Northwest Yeshiva High School is the state's only Jewish High School.[5] Its mission is to prepare its students to be “committed Jews who are well-rounded, broadly educated, intellectually engaged, and caring members of their community.”[6]

The University of Washington, the most academically selective university in the state, ranks the high school 4th in the state.[7]


Founded in 1974, initially as an extension of Seattle Hebrew Academy in Seattle, Washington, Northwest Yeshiva was founded to incubate a Jewish environment for higher college preparatory learning in the region.[8] In 1992, it moved to Mercer Island, Washington to the campus that it still occupies today.[9]


The school's campus includes a sanctuary for prayer, multifunctional classrooms, a library, science and computer labs, a lunchroom, and an outdoor basketball court.[8]


Northwest Yeshiva's curriculum is integrated, encompassing both Judaic studies, including comprehensive Torah study that emphasis the development of critical thinking skills, as well as rigorous College Preparatory Academics.[10]

The school is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC).[4]

Judaic Studies

The primary objective of its Judaic Studies curriculum is to prepare students to be committed Jews and valuable members of the community. To accomplish this goal the school focuses on understanding of Torah without being limited to rote memorization, Mitzvot, and Jewish identity. [11]

College Preparatory Studies

The school's College Preparatory Studies program focuses on critical thinking, curiosity, positive engagement with the community, and providing a secular preparatory education.[11]


A member of the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association, within the State Class IB, Northwest Yeshiva competes in multiple sports.[3] In reference to the Torah's total number of mitzvot or commandments, the school's teams are known as the 613s.[12]

The 613s compete in men's basketball, women's basketball, women's volleyball, and mixed cross-country, golf, and track.

In 2010, a WIAA State Girl's Basketball Tournament conflicted with Purim's Fast of Esther. The school's team, who had made it to State for the first time, had to balance religious obligations with playing and, in the end, decided there would be "no forfeit of faith," garnering significant media coverage. [5][13] Again in 2011, a WIAA State Girl's Volleyball Tournament conflicted, this time with Sabbath. Northwest's team once again decided "no forfeit of faith." [14]



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Coordinates: 47°33′29.51″N 122°13′11.94″W / 47.5581972°N 122.2199833°W / 47.5581972; -122.2199833

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