Admission Process

Ready to apply?

We are accepting applications for incoming sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade students for the Fall of 2020. Please contact Dawn Fornear at (206)935-0495 or .

Application Process

Our application process allows your family and the school to ensure our program is a good fit for your student. In addition to the application forms and questions, families visit Explorer West to experience a morning in our community.

Start your application by “Exploring” our school on Ravenna and creating a profile for your student. From there, you can sign up for an Open House and view application steps. If you are ready to schedule a Family Visit, choose the “Apply” option on Ravenna to start the application process and complete a Family Application. Visits can be scheduled through Ravenna following the submission of your application. A quick-start guide to Ravenna can be found here.

Application Steps

  • Attend one of our Fall Open House events. (Optional)
  • Start a profile and complete your application through Ravenna, our online application system. We have provided a quick-start guide for setting up a profile in Ravenna: Ravenna_Overview.
  • Schedule a family visit through Ravenna. Please call or email our Admission Director with any questions or scheduling issues.
  • Apply for financial aid. (Optional) More information about financial aid can be found here.


Application Requirements

The following steps are required for consideration for admission:

  • Family Application and Application Fee- $60. Please contact the Director of Admission for an application waiver fee.
  • Family Visit
  • Parent/Guardian Input Form
  • Two evaluations from core academic subject teachers (current and recent teachers preferred)
  • 3 Years of School Records, including current and two previous years' transcripts/report cards, attendance records, and standardized testing, if available


Explorer West does not require an entrance exam, including the ISEE or SSAT, for admission. We prefer to get to know your student through our Family Visit. During their visit, applicants complete a short math assessment and writing sample. Our goal is to understand students' mastery of grade-level skills. We want to create a low-pressure environment for this assessment. If your student is taking the ISEE or the SSAT for admission to other schools, we encourage you to share those results with us, but it is not a requirement.

Important Admission Dates

Thursday, October 8, 2020Open House, 6:30-8:00 pm
Saturday, October 24, 2020Open House, 10-11:30 am
Friday, December 4, 2020Sibling Early Admission Application & Financial Aid Deadline
Tuesday, December 8, 2020Open House, 6:30-8:00 pm
Thursday, December 20, 2020
Sibling Early Admission and Financial Aid Award Notifications Released
Thursday, January 14, 2021 Standard Application Deadline: 4:00 pm - applications received after the deadline are considered on an individual basis.
Friday, January 31, 2021Sibling Early Enrollment Contracts and Deposits Due
Thursday, February 4, 2021Standard Financial Aid Application Deadline. Applications received after this deadline will be considered pending availability
Friday, March 19, 2021Admissions and Financial Aid Award Notifications released for standard applicants
Friday, March 26, 2021New Family Response Due: Contracts and Deposits due by 4:00 pm