From the Head of 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


Steve's Weekly Blog

Don't Miss Mary Poppins Jr

This week we welcome Theater and Movement Teacher Erin Lally and Communications Coordinator Caitlin Jarvis as guest authors!

It is true what they say in the theater, the show must go on.

Even though this year Seattle had uncharacteristic amounts of snow and school closures you wouldn’t be able to tell that if you walked into Westside’s theater this week during Mary Poppins Jr. rehearsals. It is clear our students have been very hard at work to make up for missed classes and are set to put on a great show..

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Come to Our Auction/Professional Development Days

Welcome back to school.  I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful mid-winter break. In this week's column, I touch on two important topics: professional development for our teachers and our upcoming, fun-filled auction.

2019 Spirit Auction – fast approaching on Saturday, March 9

Our Westside teachers and staff hope you will all join us next Saturday evening at the auction to get to know each other even more as a community and to support us in raising important funds to enrich our students' education. Dress up or not, just don't miss the cocktail hour, the raffles, games and items, sit-down dinner and a live auction...

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Snowmaggedon 2019

When I moved here from Colorado, I had no idea that winter would follow me in such a dramatic way! I hope you are all surviving Snowmageddon 2019 and able to find the joy in being snowed in. In my neighborhood, some innovative folks blocked off a steep street at both ends, brought out a leather couch, a sound system, and an outdoor heater, all under the glare of a handy street lamp - kids from near and far spent hours sledding down the street until long after dark.  So much fun!

With today being our 4th snow day in the last week and a half, our teachers have communicated to families about reading, math practice, and assignments that can keep students engaged. Please be sure to follow through on teacher recommendations...

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