On September 9, 1981, Westside School started as the Westside School for Young Children. It was founded by a group of educators and parents who wanted a positive and self-esteem building school experience for their children. The program grew steadily and Westside moved many times over the following years, outgrowing building after building as more students enrolled.
Finding Our Permanent Home
Following a successful Capital Campaign that raised more than 4.2 million dollars, construction began early in 2013 on a complete renovation of the former Hillcrest Presbyterian Church in West Seattle’s Arbor Heights neighborhood. In Fall of 2015, this space became the permanent home for our preschool through eighth grade programs.
Westside School is a naturally lit, child-centered, creative building that provides a collaborative learning environment for our students. Westside’s campus has 53,000 square feet of space dedicated to teaching and learning: 27 classrooms; light-filled, child-centered work spaces; a beautiful library; separate, team-oriented middle school classrooms; 500 seat auditorium; green space, and warm and inviting gathering spaces where students, teachers, parents, and visitors can connect, share, and meet.
Expanded Preschool Program
In 2019, Westside had the opportunity to expand our Preschool on the site of the neighboring former New Apostolic Church. Renovations on the new preschool building began in March 2021, creating two new state-of-the-art classrooms in the former sanctuary with fabulous high ceilings, remodeled bathrooms, and a renovated lower level with an updated kitchen and multi-use space. The space also includes an age-appropriate and secure playground, expanding garden, and natural exploration areas that are perfectly designed for our littlest learners.
Westside School has a few remaining spots available in kindergarten and preschool for the 2023-2024 school year! Contact Director of Admission, Ted Holmes, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.