In 1996, Explorer West was established as an independent middle school for grades 6, 7, and 8.
Our campus is in south west Seattle, between White Center and Arbor Heights.
20% of our total tuition revenue is reserved for financial aid. About 30% of EW families receive need-based financial assistance.
Our rigorous program includes Art, Drama, English, Latin, Math, Music, PE, Science, and Social Studies.
101 students in the three grades.
An average of 16 students per classroom.
8 to 1 Student/Faculty Ratio
Over 34% students of color
25% faculty & staff of color
Students from 24 different zip codes
Beyond the Classroom
Includes no-cut athletics, student-led clubs, enrichment programs, community service and after school care.
Students experience local environments, geology, natural history, and geography, as well as developing valuable life skills.
Please visit our Fall Open House Page for more information and registration.
Applications Materials Due: January 14, 2021
Financial Aid Applications Due: February 4, 2021
Admissions Decisions Mailed: March 19, 2021
Things to Know:
- Three years of Latin
- Eighth grade trip to Rome in February
- 1 to 1 laptop program for all students
- Supportive advisory groups
- Seven different sports teams – no cut
- After-school care and enrichment programs available
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Pi Eaters - Math Club (meets after school on select days)
- Latin/English Lab (meets after school on select days)
- Debate Team (meets after school on select days)
- Student-led Clubs-Changes according to student interests: Harry Potter Club, Art Club, GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance)
Trips provide students with opportunities to explore the natural world and experience ecosystems, geology, natural history, and local geography for themselves. They actively learn in the field in ways not possible in a classroom.
In three years at Explorer West, students will develop the following skills:
- 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
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:
- Barton P-Patch
- 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
Sustainability is central to Explorer West’s mission and influences all aspects of the school including 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 a member of the Green School Alliance. Other awards include the King County Earth Heroes Award and the Terry Husseman Environmental Curriculum Award.