Windward School

An experiential education program for ages 6-12

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.

Caring Community

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.

Enrichment Program

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.

Program Overview

What makes Windward unique!
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Field Trips

Community Field Trips

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.

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Art & Music

Art & Music

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.

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Sciences

Sciences

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.

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Free Play

Free Play

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.

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Parent Community

Parent Community

Windward's community of families meets often for Parent Committee meetings, as well as unofficial day hikes, potlucks, play dates, and camping trips.

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Low Cost

Affordable

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!

Community Partners, Sponsors, & Supporters

Organizations that help make Windward possible