Open Window School
5.00 (3 reviews)
Tel: (425) 747-2911
Open Window School Photo #3 - We engage our students' curiosity, cultivate their passions, and encourage intellectual risk-taking within a supportive peer group.
Open Window School Photo #4 - We support the unique needs of gifted students through an intentional program of social and emotional learning.
Welcome to Open Window School, the Eastside's only independent school dedicated to meeting the needs of gifted children.
OWS offers deep understanding and care for exceptionally bright, creative students.
Our school provides a stimulating, challenging yet nurturing environment for children in Kindergarten through 8th Grade on our beautiful Cougar Mountain campus.
Open Window School places among the top 20% of private schools in Washington for:
- Category Attribute
- Acceptance Rate Lowest average acceptance rates
- Advanced Degrees Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees
- Student Body Largest student body
|School Type||School with Special Program Emphasis|
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)|
NWAIS (Northwest Association of Independent Schools
|Grades Offered||Grades Kindergarten-8|
|Summer School Offered||Yes|
|Total Students||355 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||49 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||7:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||19 students|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||Jan. 14|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$30,540|
|Tuition Notes||Financial Aid is available.|
|% on Financial Aid|
|Average Financial Aid Grant||$13,000|
National avg.: 85%
|Admissions Director||Calley Hart|
|Admissions Associate||Eugenie Lemerle|
|Total Sports Offered||8 sports|
|Sports||Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Martial Arts, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketball, Cross Country,|
Golf, Martial Arts,
Track and Field, Volleyball,
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||7 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Club or Organization:|
Alpine Club, Chess Club, First Lego League, Math Counts
Arts and Music Programs:
Recreational Athletic Programs:
Cascade League Sports, Martial Arts
- Virtual tours and information sessions about the school are offered weekly October through January. Please sign up for a one of these information sessions on our website, or call for more information (425-747-2911).
Profile last updated:
- School Location Miles Grades Students
- Bellevue Grades: PK-8 | 656 students
14640 Ne 24th St
Bellevue, WA 98007
(425) 556-0791 6 PK-8
- Bellevue Grades: PK-6 | 210 students
2411 112th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 454-7439 6.8 PK-6
Excellent!!! We are very lucky to have found Open Window (and we moved across the country). The whole community - from faculty, staff, students, and parents are so welcoming, not pretentious at all (for a private school), and have a passion for seeing everyone succeed. Teachers at this school have credentials for gifted education. They are fully equipped to engage gifted learners and understand how to teach these kids. They have regular opportunities to enrich themselves in gifted ed too. Learning is indeed differentiated for each student. It's not just lip service. My daughter loves going to school everyday and she is super engaged. What she's learning is tailored to her level and interests because the teachers do well to know their students.A plus is the campus - idyllic and beautiful atop Cougar Mountain. Such a conducive space for learning!
- Posted by Parent - EML
My Kindergartener comments out-of-blue several times a week that he loves his school and said this morning he wishes he could rate it, so here we are :)I'm extremely happy with the school: It seems all the lower school specialists manage to work physical activity into their lessons, children are treated with respect and have SEL built into daily activities. The teachers and staff are highly conscientious, constantly revising their curriculum and methods based on outcomes, the latest in educational research, and community feedback. Just driving onto campus each morning feels good, because everything is done so well. The active and supportive parent community is wonderful. Lots of helpful parent Ed talks and resources (and plenty of nerdy, type A parents as you might imagine, that tend to knock whatever task they've volunteered for out of the park). Of course, each year is going to be different depending on the mix of parents, students, and faculty but the institutional structure of constant improvement and community involvement is one of the best I've seen.I also really appreciate the fact that my son is now middle-of-the-pack in terms of intellect and assertiveness, finding friends with similar interests and abilities. And I've been able to relax around the other parents who share similar experiences of parenting exceptional kids. Hope this is helpful; I know picking a school is a big decision and the cost is significant. All I can say it that we really love Open Window.
- Posted by Parent - Monica
Our son has gone to Open Window from K - 8. Our experience, inclusive of his feedback, has been excellent. The mission of "children first, gifted second" has helped our son to become a great human being in addition to ultra-high standardized scores including the SSAT and ISEE tests. We would make the decision to send him here again without reservation. If you are a parent who demands "gifted first, children second" or a "tiger mom" type of parenting that is only focused on brutal rigor, home schooling may be a better option.
- Posted by Parent - tim
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