Students are expected to arrive on time for class. Classes begin promptly at the specified time. Lateness can be disruptive, so promptness is appreciated.

Accommodations and Housing

Students are responsible for finding their own housing. It is recommended that students find housing at least one month prior to the start of the program.


Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from class. Carpooling is required. Upon request, the school can provide contact information for other students in the class to carpool; please contact the school in advance. Unfortunately, there is no public transportation that comes directly to the school.

Pet Policy

Please do not bring pet/s to the school or on the fieldtrips. The school does not have facilities for pets.

Friends and Family

The classes and fieldtrips are only for registered students of the school. Family members (partners, spouses, children, pets, etc), and anyone other than the student are not permitted to attend the classes or fieldtrips.

Classroom Hours

Each hour of class is approximately 50 minutes.

Work-Study Positions

The school offers a couple of work study positions for the PHT program. Students may be able to work off between one quarter and up to one half of the tuition, however, it is not possible to do work study for the books and supplies fee. The work-study positions are not scholarships. Students must apply for the position six months prior to the start date of the program. Work- study positions are given to students who are truly unable to pay the full tuition and have no other resources available to them. Students who obtain a work-study position still need to be able to pay for at least one-half of the tuition prior to the start of the program.

Some work-study positions have included the following jobs: computer, website, and data entry, gardening, landscape maintenance, carpentry, childcare, assistance with the pharmacy, cleaning, set up before and after class. The work-study position is treated as a job. Applicants for this position must be prompt and ready to work.

Work-study positions offer an hourly “salary” which will be deducted from the tuition. If the students do not complete the hours agreed upon for the work-study position, they are responsible for payment in full of the program by the time the class is completed. If they do not complete their hours due to lateness, personality conflicts or poor completion of the work-study tasks, students will be required to pay for their tuition.

Students must mail a cover letter and resume with a minimum of four references (at least two  must be prior job references). Please explain in the cover letter why you would like this position and why you feel you are eligible for it. It is recommended that you include a list of your skills or talents, as well as availability.

This position is treated as a job. The work-study time is not designed as an educational experience. It is a position offered in exchange for partial payment for the class.


Currently, the school is not able to offer any kind of scholarship program. Students are encouraged to research and apply for funding elsewhere. Some student loans are available through the Sally Mae Foundation.

Student Conduct Policy

The NWSBS expects that students will be responsible for their own actions. Students are expected to be self-motivated, responsible, and respectful of other students, faculty, the facility, and the grounds. Students are expected to behave professionally and ethically, and to maintain professional boundaries throughout the program. Privacy, confidentiality, and safety of the students, teachers, and clients must be maintained at all times. Drugs, alcohol, and weapons are not allowed on the school property.

Instructors reserve the right to ask a student to leave the classroom and grounds if the student’s behavior is disruptive, disrespectful, or unsafe. Instructors also reserve the right to dismiss a student if any of the policies listed above are not maintained during the course of the program.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

The NWSBS admits students of any race, national origin, color, sex, or sexual orientation.

Student Grievance Policy

The NWSBS encourages direct and open communication. If a student has a complaint or a grievance regarding any class, teacher, or other concern, he/she needs to discuss the situation with the instructor, director, or the other involved party outside of class time. Failure to communicate directly with the instructor, student, or other involved party is grounds for dismissal.