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Seattle, WA
Students enrolled: 88

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10015 28th Avenue Southwest
Seattle, WA 98146

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(206) 935-0495
(206) 932-7113
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Amount of homework: Just right
June 24, 2015
This is a constant debate. By design they ramp it up steadily from 6th grade to 8th grade.

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June 24, 2015
My comment was inaccurately shown below as a "community member". Note that the school has grown. "88" is no longer accurate for enrollment.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 24, 2015
The central focus of EWMS could be said to be developing leadership. A basic proposition could be said to be that while academic achievement is important, personal confidence/ leadership and personal discipline/organization regarding work is the key to future success of a middle-schooler. With confidence and discipline they can achieve anything as they progress. High academics alone is not as valuable. As a parent of an EWMS graduate (2015), I would agree with other comments that if a child is already exceptionally motivated in an academic area there may be "better" places for them that will support going farther academically. That said, EWMS graduates have gone on to every top school there is. Well worth checking out. I am enthusiastic about the school - which isn't to say that I have no private suggestions for improvement. My kid got a scholarship to a non-public high school. I know EWMS graduates who excelled in public high school such as Chief Sealth and got scholarships at top colleges.

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May 03, 2014
Amazing school my daughter use to dislike math with a passion once she enrolled for her eighth grade year she now loves it! Excellent principle and staff. Definitely a family atmosphere.

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February 16, 2013
Explorer West has some great teachers and a small community feel which is supportive to the kids. However I agree with the previous reviewer that the math program is not challenging enough for all. Explorer West is not able to accomodate kids who are advanced in math by moving them forward to work at the next grade level, like some schools do. If your child is gifted at math in 5th grade, be prepared for the possibility of a year of boredom once they hit 6th grade. Otherwise we are pretty happy with the school. If you are transferring from a Seattle public school be prepared to be on a different schedule, with almost one less month of instruction than public shool. So far we've experienced longer school breaks and school is getting out earlier in the summer which can be problematic if you have kids in both public and private school.

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January 17, 2012
This is our first year at Explorer West and we couldn't be happier! Our child was in the Spectrum program in the Seattle School District and we have been very happy with the experiences at Explorer West thus far. The teachers are all truly amazing, the principal is fantastic, and the environment is incredibly supportive. The teachers really do know your child and the whole school is about supporting each and every child to ensure they reach their full potential. I also love the planner that they teach the kids to use to help track their homework. For kids who tend to be a little unorganized, this skill is invaluable once they get to high school! I was a little worried about not having a language like Spanish, but our child just loves Latin! The only negative criticism I have would be that the Math program is good, but may not be challenging enough for kids with advanced math skills. However, the school is looking at the math curriculum this year and may update it for the next school year. Check this school out - you won't be disappointed!!

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November 02, 2009
Fantastic school focused on individualized attention. The curriculum is challenging and the instruction excellent. The low teacher/student ratio allows immediate feedback and focus. Excellent outdoor education and sustainability programs.

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May 19, 2009
My child is exceling at this school. They know how to 'do' middle school. Challenging and supportive environment.

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April 08, 2009
I have had two students at EW (one an alumni) and they are taken from a variety of elementary schools, started wherever they left off academically, and taught all they need to know to succeed in high school. The faculty are caring but have high standards, in behavior as well as academically. Every student I have talked with has been unfailingly polite and helpful. The school has always prized economic, geographical, gender, personality and racial diversity, and our family has benefited from and appreciated that.

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March 03, 2007
My daughter is a 6th grader at ExpW and we have been nothing but delighted with the school. The curriculum is incredible--especially the school's use of outdoor education, but more importantly, my daughter loves it. She can't wait to get to school and is definitely upset if illness causes her to miss a day.

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March 02, 2005
The academic program is very full and rich at Explorer West Middle School. Students are required to take Latin in addition to Math, History, English, Science, Art and PE. Additionally, they have a winter program that allows the students to interact in a social settings for five consecutive Fridays. I highly recommend this school.

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Explorer West Middle School
10015 28th Avenue Southwest, Seattle, WA  98146
(206) 935-0495
Last modified Explorer West Middle School is a Private school that serves grades 6-8
Explorer West Middle School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 15 reviews. Top