Explorer West Middle School is a small learning community where young adolescents thrive. Explorer West combines academic rigor with a special emphasis on the character growth of each student by fostering confidence and discovery.

Navigating with camp group.

Navigating with camp group.


  • Collaborative learning environment with small class sizes
  • NWAIS (formerly PNAIS) accredited school that meets the highest standards for independent schools
  • Faculty and staff committed to the school’s mission and working with middle school students
  • Award-winning Sustainability program
  • Outdoor education and leadership skill development
  • 17 years of high school preparatory success
  • Newly expanded facility in West Seattle
  • Economically diverse student body through financial aid and endowment programs
“Explorer West is safe, intellectual environment that rewards effort and expression during a time when kids are developing their own personalities and methods of communication.” – Parent

These are a few ways that Explorer West redefines the middle school experience:

    • Small learning community designed to help adolescents thrive – Fostering confidence and discovery in adolescence through core academics (math, science, English, Latin, history, music, art, drama), extra-curricular athletics, peer/mentor-based advisory groups and outdoor education program.
    • Academic achievement and preparation for future learning – Rigorous academics in a small, individualized and supportive environment so that students can attend and prosper at the high schools of their choice.
    • Sustainability and community participation – Focus on civic responsibility and community involvement through the award-winning sustainability curriculum, environmental stewardship efforts, and hands-on community volunteerism.

Please download the Explorer West Overview Brochure for additional information.