We are a small, independent middle school in West Seattle where young people thrive. Our faculty and staff focus on the individual student to meet them where they are, build on their strengths, and support areas of growth. Explorer West Middle School combines academic rigor with a particular emphasis on the character of each student by fostering confidence and discovery.
Choosing the best school for your child is a complex decision. Our application process is designed to give your family an in-depth look into our community while providing our Admissions Committee with relevant information about your child.
We are excited to meet your family and introduce you to our school!
We encourage you to attend an Open House held every fall. These events are the best way for families to become familiar with our school before deciding to apply. If you are researching schools for students in fourth grade or younger, an Open House is where you should start. Family visits during school hours are reserved for families applying for the Fall of 2020 and require the submission of the family application and the application fee. Visits last approximately three hours and include the student and family. Please call the school to discuss any other questions you have.
This year, we implemented Ravenna for our online application system. Through Ravenna, you can create a profile for your child, register an Open House, and receive admission information. If you have additional questions, please contact our Director of Admissions, at 206-935-0495.
Opportunities to Learn More about Explorer West
2019 Fall Open House Dates
Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 6:30-8:00pm
Thursday, November 21, 2019, 6:30-8:00pm
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 10:00-11:30am
Visit us at a Fair.
Explorer West participates in two local school fairs. Stop by and meet us in person!
The Seattle Independent School Fair: Monday, October 14, 2019, at the Northgate Community Center, 6:00-8:00 pm
The Independent School Fair for People of Color: Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at the New Holly Gathering Hall, 6:00-8:00 pm
|Thursday, March 20, 2020||Admissions and Financial Aid Award Notifications mailed for standard applicants|
|Tuesday, March 27, 2020||New Family Response Due: 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).