Thank you for your interest in Explorer West Middle School!

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Explorer West Middle School is a small learning community 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.

“Time has sculpted us all into something new, something better, and something that we could only dream about three years ago.”- 2013 Graduate

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 Fall of 2015, we are currently full in 6th and 7th Grade. We have limited availability in 8th grade. In order to visit the school at this point of the year, we require the Family Application, Parent Input Form, the last two years of grades for your student and the application fee, before scheduling a visit. Forms and information can be found by clicking here. All application material is required to make a final decision for admission and should be completed as soon as possible after the visit. Visits generally last three hours and include the student and family. Please call the school to discuss any other questions you have.

If you are interested in Explorer West for the Fall of 2016, we are excited to meet your family and introduce you to our school. There are several ways to engage with our community before scheduling a Family Visit and submitting and application. Applications for Fall of 2016 are due on January 14, 2016. To review our process and download application materials, please visit our Admission Forms page. If you have additional questions, please contact Katie Auker, Admissions Director, at 206-935-0495.

Learn More about Explorer West In Person!

We will be at the following events! Please come and visit our table and introduce yourself to us!

October 14th- Independent School Fair For Students of Color, Rainier Community Center
November 5th- Seattle Independent School Fair- Northgate Community Center

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.

Open House dates are:
Thursday, October 15th- 6-8:30 pm
Saturday, November 14th- 10-11:30 am
Thursday, December 10th- 6:30-8 pm
Please visit our Open House page for more information and to RSVP.

Join us for our Free Community Parent Education Night. 
On October 20th, we are hosting a Community Parent Education night and the event is open to all families. To learn more about the event and to RSVP, click here.

Please review the following important admission dates to plan your application process. Please visit the other areas of the Admissions section of the web site for additional details and downloadable application materials. Updated forms and applications for 2016-17 will be available in the Fall.

Important Admission Dates:

October 5, 2015 – January 13, 2016Family Visit mornings - Mondays- Thursdays, 8:45-11:45

Note: Family Visits for new families must be completed before January 13, 2016
Thursday, October 15, 2015Open House, 6:30-8 pm
Saturday, November 14, 2015Open House, 10 - 11:30 am
Thursday, December 3, 2015Sibling Application & Financial Aid deadline
Thursday, December 10, 2015Open House, 6:30-8 pm
Friday, December 17, 2015
Sibling Admission Notification and Financial Award Notifications mailed
Thursday, January 13, 2016New Family Visit deadline
Thursday, January 14, 2016 Application deadline (for new students) 4:00 pm - applications received after the deadline are considered on a space available basis
Friday, January 15, 2016Sibling Contracts and Deposits due
Friday, February 4, 2016Financial Aid application deadline for new students. Applications received after this deadline will be considered pending availability
Thursday, March 10, 2016Admissions Notification and Financial Aid Awards mailed for on-time applicants
Friday, March 21, 2016New Family Response Deadline: 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).