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.

38 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.

Now in my second year as head of school, I am proud to be a part 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. We are a community school.

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, fantastic Arts experiences for all, 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 and beyond. 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, imagination, and spirit of our school.
I look forward to meeting you.

Steve de Beer
Head of School

Steve's Weekly Blog

The Salmon's Journey- What Lies Ahead

Last week, our first and second graders invited me along on their field trip to Fauntleroy Park where our students released the young salmon they have been nurturing into the creek. Along with teachers, parents and some local expert volunteers, I spent part of a splendid morning in the woods and trails of the nearby park participating and reflecting.

We transported approximately 140 fry (a term I have recently learned as a newcomer to the Pacific Northwest!) to the side of the stream. Every student took a turn releasing...

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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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