Westside at a Glance

Westside serves 323 students in preschool through eighth grade. For 38 years, the school has emphasized knowing and educating the whole child, learning by doing, and the cultivation of creativity across disciplines. Westside is located in the Arbor Heights neighborhood of West Seattle.

2019-2020 SCHOOL PROFILE

STUDENT COMPOSITION

  • 323 students is preschool through eighth grade.
  • 90% of families from within five mile radius of Westside School campus
  • 28% identify as students of color and/or from a diverse family background

FACULTY & STAFF

  • Westside School employs 34 (classroom and specialty) teachers, 10 instructional assistants, and 19 staff. Most teaching staff hold advanced degrees.
  • Meet Westside's Staff and Faculty here!

CLASS SIZE

  • Our student/teacher ratio is approximately 7:1
  • Preschool through fourth grade, each class is staffed with a teacher and an instructional assistant
  • Preschool class size is 16 students & Pre-Kindergarten class size is 17 students; Lower School ranges from 14 to 19, Middle School averages 16 per class

CURRICULUM

  • Westside School offers an integrated, project-based lower school and middle school curriculum
  • Westside School offers rich specialty classes, including world languages (Mandarin & Spanish), physical education, visual and performing arts
  • Every class participates in field trips and outdoor education to enhance the learning experience. Overnight experiences begin in third grade.
  • Read our Westside Stories blog here for an in-depth look at some of the things that happen in Westside's classrooms!

EXTENDED DAY & AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT

  • Westside School offers Extended Day (before and after school care) on a monthly (contracted) and drop-in basis
  • Students have access to fee-based after school enrichment, including robotics, sewing, iPad animation, musical theater and more

ATHLETICS

  • Fourth through eighth grade athletics (no cut) include cross country, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and track
  • Starting in kindergarten, students can participate in cross country meets
  • Westside team coaches are made up of Westside parents, staff and faculty

TUITION (2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR)

  • Early School Tuition:
    Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten: $13,525
  • Lower School Tuition:
    Kindergarten through fourth grade: $16,975
  • Middle School Tuition:
    Fifth grade through eighth grade: $19,178
  • Westside School offers need-based Financial Aid to families of students in Kindergarten through eighth grade

     

FINANCIAL AID

  • 17% of Westside School students receive need-based Financial Aid.
  • Awards range from 18% to 95%, the average award being 50% of tuition

ACCREDITATION & AFFILIATIONS

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