Welcome to Explorer West Middle School

Our application for the 2023-24 is currently open. Please contact Dawn Fornear for information about the current school year. 

We are excited to meet your family!

EW is a small, independent middle school in West Seattle where young people thrive. Our faculty and staff meet students where they are to build their strengths and confidence to prepare them for the educational journey ahead. We are a supportive community that believes in living our values every day!

"Middle school is a significant step in your child's education, and choosing the best school can feel like a weighty decision." Dawn Fornear, Director of Admission

Our admission process reflects our school's mission and values. Relationships are at the foundation of daily life at Explorer West, and we are committed to providing an accessible and warm introduction to our community.  Throughout the admission process, you will meet many members of our community, including our administrators, faculty, students, and current families. Visit our  Admission Events Page for more opportunities to experience life at Explorer West, both in-person and virtually.

We use Ravenna for our online application system. Through Ravenna, you can create a profile for your child, register for events, and submit your student’s application. For step-by-step directions, visit our How to Apply page.

If you have questions, please contact me by phone at 206-935-0495, email, or through this inquiry form.

I look forward to meeting you and your family!

Dawn Fornear

Explorer West's Director of Admission