Westside School

Westside School is West Seattle's premier preschool through eighth grade independent school.
We offer an inquiry-based, integrated curriculum that includes strong academic basics along with Mandarin, Spanish, PE, music, visual arts, and performing arts.
Each grade has space for 40 students, with 20 students in a classroom.
Preschool through fourth grade, each class is staffed with a teacher and an instructional assistant
Preschool class size is 15; Pre-Kindergarten class size is 18; our K-4th grade classes range from 16-20. We will occasionally enroll more than 20 students in a class under exceptional circumstances; Middle School averages 16-20 per class.
Our student-teacher ratio is approximately 7:1, which includes our classroom lead teachers, instructional assistants, and specialist teachers.
Middle School offers science, math, social studies, language arts, world languages, and exploratories.
Middle School students venture out on two outdoor trips a year and participate in interscholastic sports.
From fifth grade up, we are a one-to-one Chromebook school.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
NWAIS (Northwest Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Year Founded1981

Student Body

Total Students304 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 24%
Students by Grade Westside School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers34 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size33 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 12
Yearly Tuition Cost$14,800
Tuition NotesMiddle School Tuition is $16700
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$6,500
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorTed Holmes


Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
SoccerTrack and Field,

School Notes

Westside School prepares students for the world by challenging them to achieve academic success and by connecting their human spirit and imagination to learning.

Our Core Values:
  • Joyful Learning
  • Caring Community
  • Confident Learners
  • High Academic Standards 

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