Application Process

Applying to Explorer West Middle School

We welcome interested families to learn more about our school by exploring our web site or contacting our admissions team. If you are considering applying to Explorer West, please plan on coming to one of our three Open HousesThis is an opportunity to meet our staff, faculty, and students. Teachers will be on hand to discuss the different subject areas, curriculum, and programs available at our school.

After attending an Open House, families are encouraged to begin the application process. If you are ready to apply, please complete the Family Application and submit it to the Director of Admissions. To be considered for a visit, families must submit the Family Application and the Application Fee on or before their scheduled visit day. At that time, we also encourage families to bring their Parent Input form and submit the request for transcripts and letters of recommendation to your student’s current school, teachers, or mentors. To download all of these forms, along with detailed timelines and checklists, please visit our Application Forms page

Family Visit Day

Visits are scheduled Monday through Thursday from October 5, 2015 through January 13, 2016. Visits are from 8:45- 11:45 am.  Visits maybe held in small groups with 1-3 families participating.

Students are paired with a student host and visit classes. During the visit, applicants will have a 15 minute conversation with one of our faculty members with the goal of getting to know them better, learning about their interests, and why they are interested in Explorer West. Applicants also complete a short math and writing assessment. We expect to learn the basic skills and techniques that students have mastered in those areas. We do not make the environment high pressure and the assessment lasts about 45 minutes.

While students are participating in classes and meeting with faculty, parents tour the school and see classes in action. They will be able to ask questions and meet various staff and faculty. At the end of the tour, parents will have the opportunity to visit any of the classes they saw for a more in-depth observation.

Application Overview for 2016-17 School Year

In-depth checklists and all application materials are available on our Application Forms Page.   The following is a sketch of how the process goes.

Step 1: Attend an Open House or visit our booth at one of the school fairs we will be attending.

Step 2: Download and Review application materials

Step 3: Schedule a Family Visit Day and submit the following Application Materials on or before your visit.

  • Family application.
  • Application fee of $55.  Please make checks payable to “Explorer West Middle School”.

Step 4: Complete the Application. At the time of your visit, we recommend submitting the Parent Input form to the Explorer West (though not required for the visit) and completing the rest of your application as soon as possible. This includes submitting your school records request form and the two teacher recommendation forms to your student’s current school. We strongly encourage families to make these requests early so materials are received at Explorer West by the January 14th deadline.

Important Admissions Dates

Application Deadline for the 2016-17 school year is 4:00 pm on January 14, 2016. At that time we request all application forms, transcripts, and letters of recommendation be received by the Explorer West Admissions Office.

Admissions and Financial Aid Notifications are mailed on March 10, 2016

New Family Contracts and Deposits are due on March 21, 2016. Families accepting an offer of admission will be required to submit their deposit as well.

New Family Spring Picnic to welcome new students and celebrate the school year is on May 6, 2016 from 5-7 pm.

First Payments for the 2016-17 school year are due in May. The exact date, to be determined.

Please contact the Director of Admissions, Katie Auker with any questions.