Fast Facts

Here are some top-line details about Explorer West Middle School. If you have other questions, please link directly to more information in dedicated topic areas of the web site or call 206.935.0495.

Classmates working on team project.

Classmates working on team project.

Explorer West Middle School was founded in 1996 as an independent school specializing in teaching grades 6th, 7th, and 8th for 20 years.

South West Seattle (between White Center and Arbor heights)
10015 28th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98146

National Association of Independent Schools
North West Association of Independent Schools 
Member of Puget Sound Independent Schools

2015-16 Enrollment:
Enrollment: 101 students from 41 feeder schools

Collaborating in Science class.

Collaborating in Science class.

Average number of students per classroom: 16
Student/faculty ratio: 8:1

Student Tuition and Financial Aid

Please see information on the Tuition and Fees page.
Percent of students receiving financial aid: 32%
Aid as percentage of Total Tuition Revenue: 21%


Students of Color: 34.6%
Faculty/Staff of Color: 26.3%

8th grade backpacking trip.

8th grade backpacking trip.

Admissions Dates:
Please visit our Fall Open House Page for more information and to register

Fall 2015 Open House Dates:
Thursday, October 15th, 6:30-8pm
Saturday, November 14th, 10-11:30am
Thursday, December 10th, 6:30-8pm

Also Visit us at the following Fairs:
Independent School Fair For Students of Color
October 14th, 2015, Rainier Community Center, 6-8pm

Seattle Independent School Fair
November 5th, 2015, Northgate Community Center, 6-8pm

Applications Materials Due: January 14, 2016
Financial Aid Applications Due: (New students only): February 4th. 2016
Admissions Decisions Mailed: March 10, 2016

2014-15  Program Highlights:

8th Grade Change the World Project
Backpacking in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and Olymic National Park
Judges Choice Winner for the Environmental Issues Slam
Participation in the ACT Theatre’s Young Playwrights Program
6th Grade Writer in Residence Program

Things to Know:

  • Three years of Latin
  • Eighth grade trip to Rome in February
  • Over 50% of all Explorer West Middle School students car pool
  • 100 Chrome books available on campus for student use
  • Mixed-grade level advisories
  • Native plant garden
  • Seven different sports teams – no cut
  • After-school care available


Cheering on classmates.

Cheering on classmates.

  • Co-ed Soccer
  • Girls Volleyball
  • Boys and Girls Basketball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Track
  • Tennis

Explorer West offers rigorous academics in a small, individualized and supportive environment so that students prosper at the high schools of their choice.  Our goal is to prepare all student for honors level work upon entering high school. Our differentiated curriculum meets student’s needs whether they are at or above grade level. Our teachers are dedicated, inspired and experienced in working with middle school students. For more information about academics or specific subject areas, please visit the Academics section of the web site or the links below.

8th grade Rome Trip.

8th grade Rome Trip.

  • Art
  • Drama
  • English
  • Social Studies/Global Studies
  • Latin
  • Math
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Science

Average Amount of Homework per night:

6th grade: 60- 90 minutes
7th grade: 90- 120 minutes
8th grade: 90-120 minutes


  • Pi Eaters – Math Club (meets after school on select days)
  • Debate Team (meets at lunch)
  • Robotics (meets after school on select days)

Outdoor Education:

Trips provide students with opportunities to explore the natural world around them and to experience and observe ecosystems, geology, natural history, and local geography for themselves – actively learning about these things in ways not possible in a classroom.

6th graders making a plan.

6th graders making a plan.

In three years at Explorer West, students will develop skills such as:

  • Minimum Impact and leave no trace camping practices
  • Map reading and navigation skills
  • Basic first aid
  • Leadership and cooperation
  • Reflection and self-examination
  • 33 days spent outdoors in three years at Explorer West

Sustainability is central to Explorer West’s mission and influences all aspects of the school such as: curriculum, community outreach, facilities management, student leadership, fundraising events, community partnerships, and more. Explorer West has been honored both regionally and nationally as a leader in the field of sustainability initiatives and curriculum.

Explorer West won the NAIS Leading Edge Award for Environmental Sustainability and is also members of the Green School Alliance. Other awards include the King County Earth Heroes Award and the Terry Husseman Environmental Curriculum Award.

Community Service:
Explorer West is committed to fostering a relationship of giving between Explorer West students and other youth, the environment, and the greater local community. Students work in multi-age groups to plan and execute one project per month during the school year.

Community Service Projects include:

Student run food drives for White Center Food Bank.

Student run food drives for White Center Food Bank.

  • Wetlands restoration at Sanislo Elementary
  • Team Read at Roxhill Elementary School
  • Planning trees at West Seattle Orchard
  • Food drives and hands-on distribution at White Center Food Bank
  • City of Seattle Adopt-A-Street Program
  • Seola Creek Restoration with Roxhill Elementary School

Contact Us:
10015 28th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98146
Tel: 206.935.0495
Fax: 206.932.7113