Living in a thriving cultural and recreational community, we take every opportunity to get our students out into the community. From arts and history museums, to digging for ancient bones.
Creativity & Exploration
Windward takes a unique approach that is centered around your child’s interests and learning styles.
This program emphasizes outdoor exploration and indoor investigations. Each Windward day staff guide students through outdoor exploration and adventure on hikes along creeks and rivers, and through forests. Students also investigate indoors, where they experiment, create art, and collaborate on projects.
Windward’s goal is to connect the classroom to the outside world and encourage collaboration, communication, research, problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity.
Tailored to your Child's Interests
At the beginning of each month we offer a choice of included afternoon projects for your child to participate in after lunch. These projects give you the ability to tailor our program to your educational goals and your child’s age and interests.
Afternoon projects are in addition to the all-ages activities, like hiking, nature studies, and morning lessons.
A dedicated team of teachers and mentors guide youth in experiential lessons. Windward’s team of highly experienced teachers provide a safe and supportive environment for students to learn at their own pace, and create fun along the way!
Windward’s families are the foundation and heart of this successful program, and they play an important role in shaping the program for all students in the community. Through frequent potlucks, gatherings, camp-outs, field trips, and team building workshops, the Windward community truly is a family.
Windward School is an independent enrichment program, not affiliated with any school district, Alternative Learning Experience, or homeschool program. Remaining independent allows Windward to work for nearly every child available during the day; from the alternative public schooled student, to the most off-grid homeschooling family.
Arts come alive through an emphasis on communication, team-building, and group projects. Kids are given hands-on tools of expressive arts through the power of drama, language, arts and crafts, music, and more.
From nature studies to engineering projects, Science focus days emphasize STEM and the scientific process. With the experiential model of learning, this means hands-on activities and working together.
Giving youth an opportunity to lead is one of the foundations Windward is built on. At least one hour each class day is devoted to Free-Play: an unstructured time for youth development, interaction, and growth.
Windward's community of families meets often for Parent Committee meetings, as well as unofficial day hikes, potlucks, play dates, and camping trips.
Windward remains the most affordable enrichment program on the Olympic Peninsula, due in no small part to the volunteer families who spend time in planning, fundraising, and helping in class. Windward volunteers and families make this program thrive!
Jefferson County Location
Jefferson County’s classes are in the Chimacum Grange, centrally located about 15 minutes from Port Townsend and Quilcene. A stones throw from HJ Carroll Park and Chimacum Creek, the location provides ample outdoor exploration, in addition to a full teaching kitchen and two floors of classrooms.
Windward operates from two locations on the Olympic Peninsula. In Sequim the Dungeness Schoolhouse provides a beautiful classroom and easy access to the Dungeness River. Students hike along the river, explore the farmland, and learn about the rich agriculture heritage of the Dungeness Valley.