Fast Facts



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.


Outdoor Education

Students experience local environments, geology, natural history, and geography, as well as developing valuable life skills.

Open Houses:

Please visit our Fall Open House Page for more information and registration.

Admissions Dates:

Applications Materials Due: January 14, 2021
Financial Aid Applications Due: February 4, 2021
Admissions Decisions Mailed: March 19, 2021

Things to Know:


  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Track
  • Tennis


Enrichment Programs:

  • 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)

Outdoor Education:

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

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:

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.

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