From the Head of School
WELCOME TO THE 2018-19 YEAR AT WESTSIDE SCHOOL
This is a school that provides children with strong foundational skills and equips them to become flexible, creative thinkers and engaged citizens. Our mission to challenge students to achieve academic success, and to connect their human spirit and imagination to learning, is so essential in today’s world.
37 years ago, Westside began with just a handful of students in preschool. Today, we are situated in a state-of-the-art building in the Arbor Heights neighborhood of West Seattle, with almost 350 students from preschool to 8th grade.
As I begin my tenure as head of school, I am tremendously excited to have joined this unique school community. Our teachers are skillful, impassioned, and hard-working. Our parents are committed and supportive. Our students are delightful and exceptional. It is our people who make the difference.
This school is a special place, a place where children are known and honored, where they are encouraged to grow cognitively, socially, emotionally, creatively and physically, a place where joyful and integrated learning is at the forefront of our philosophy of education. With an outstanding Trips program and a World Language program that is second to none, Westside students receive an extraordinary education.
Here at Westside, we are proud of the way we challenge kids to stretch and learn. Alumni families consistently share stories with us of how our graduates are thriving in the best Seattle high schools. They are confident, thoughtful, accomplished, creative, articulate, respectful, and kind.
Thank you for visiting our website. I warmly encourage you to visit us in person to experience the unique programs and spirit of our school.
Steve de Beer
Head of School