Thank you for your interest in Explorer West Middle School!
Explorer West Middle School is a small, independent middle school in West Seattle where young people thrive. Our faculty and staff focus on the individual student to meet them where they are and build on their strengths and address areas where they need to grow. Explorer West Middle School combines academic rigor with a special emphasis on the character of each student by fostering confidence and discovery. Here’s what one Explorer West parent has to say:
We know that choosing the best school for your child is important to you. Our application process is designed to give our Admissions Committee relevant information about each applicant while also providing families with the opportunity to learn more about our middle school.
If you are interested in Explorer West for the fall of 2019, we are excited to meet your family and introduce you to our school. We encourage you to register for one of our three open houses this fall. Open houses are the best way for families to become familiar with our school before deciding to apply. If you are researching schools for your 4th grade or younger student, an open house is where you should start. Family visits during school hours are reserved for families applying for fall of 2019 and require the submission of the family application and the application fee. Visits last three hours and include the student and family. Please call the school to discuss any other questions you have.
Applications for Fall of 2019 are due on January 15, 2019. To review our process and download application materials, please visit our Admission Forms page. If you have additional questions, please contact Katie Auker, Director of Admissions, at 206-935-0495.
Opportunities to Learn More about Explorer West in Person
We host three open houses. We recommend all families attend an open house before scheduling a visit. If you have students who are in 4th grade or younger, this is the best opportunity to research and learn more about the school for future admissions.
2018 Fall Open House Dates
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6:30-8:00pm
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 10:00-11:30am
Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 6:30-8:00pm
Visit us at a Fair. Explorer West participates in two local school fairs. Stop by the booth and meet us in person!
The Independent School Fair for People of Color: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at the Rainier Community Center, 6:00-8:00pm
The Seattle Independent School Fair: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at the Northgate Community Center, 6:00-8:00pm
|October 1, 2019 – January 15, 2020||Family Visit Open - Mondays- Thursdays, 8:45-11:45am
Note: Family Visits for new families must be completed by January 16, 2020 for their application to be considered on time.
|Tuesday, October 22, 2019||Open House, 6:30-8 pm|
|Thursday, November 21, 2019||Open House, 6:30-8 pm|
|Saturday, December 7, 2019||Open House, 10-11:30 am|
|Friday, December 6, 2019||Sibling Early Admission Application & Financial Aid Deadline|
|Friday, December 20, 2019 ||Sibling Early Admission and Financial Aid Award Notifications Mailed
|Wednesday, January 15, 2020||Last Day for Family Visits, Regular Admission|
|Thursday, January 16, 2020||Fall 2020 Application Deadline: 4:00 pm - applications received after the deadline are considered on a space available basis|
|Friday, January 31, 2020||Sibling Early Enrollment Contracts and Deposits Due|
|Thursday, February 6, 2020||New Student Financial Aid Application Deadline. Applications received after this deadline will be considered pending availability|
|Thursday, March 20, 2020||Admissions and Financial Aid Award Notifications mailed for on-time applicants|
|Tuesday, March 27, 2020||New Family Response Due: Contracts and Deposits due by 4:00 pm|
Explorer West Middle School does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. This policy applies to all areas of student concerns (admissions, athletics, educational policies, financial aid, and other school-administered programs).