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

So How Was School Today?

You’re a parent. You pick up your kid from school every day. You ask the same question your parents asked you back in the day:
“So how was school today?”

If your kids are anything like mine, the answer goes something like this:

Or perhaps you ask the other question:
“What did you do in school today?”

And you know that answer, right? It’s the same answer you gave at their age.

At Westside School our teachers do a wonderful job of updating parents with newsletters packed full of the many ways that the children are learning...

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The Power of Community

This weekend, I had the pleasure of attending a wide range of Westside events at different spots around West Seattle: our fabulous Halloween Fest at school on Saturday night, our booth at the Harvest Festival at the Junction on Sunday morning, and our 7/8 girls soccer playoff game on Sunday afternoon. I flitted and bobbed around our community connecting with hundreds of Westside students, parents, grandparents, and staff.

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Short Weeks, Long on Learning

Our students have had a couple of shorter weeks at school. However, our teachers and staff have been hard at work with purpose.

This week, we have two full days of parent-teacher conferences. Last week on Friday, we had an in-service day. We took almost our entire teaching and non-teaching staff to the annual Fall Educators Conference of the Northwest Association of Independent Schools in Redmond. This is a major learning opportunity where our teachers joined more than 1,000 educators from our region in a unique opportunity to hear from nationally renowned speakers...

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