Please note that we do NOT offer after school programming on days where there is no school. However, we will offer after school programming on early closure days. For the 2017-18 school year, those days are as follows:

- January 12, 12:00 PM

- June 15, 2:30 PM

After School Care & Enrichment Programming

After School Care - The Northwest School offers an after school program for our Middle School students. It is a supervised setting for students who need to be at school up until 6:00 pm, each school day.

The program is held in the school library, starting daily at 3:30 pm, and provides a quiet space to work on homework and get some organizational assistance. While not tutoring per se, sometimes extra help getting backpacks in order and keeping track of assignments is a welcome boost. A small snack will be provided daily for the students. Any student participating in the program must be in the library by 4:00 pm, and must be picked up by 6:00 pm. The fee is $15 per day. Any pick-up after 6:00 PM will be assessed an additional charge of $1 a minute. Charges will be reflected on your monthly statement (available via My Backpack).

If you are a family on financial aid, please refer to The Northwest Experience Fund information in regards to how fees for the after school program are covered.

We will accept drop-in students, but to better prepare, we ask that you RSVP as soon as you know you need care by emailing us at

Pick-Up from After School Care:
Please note that all students in after school care must be signed out by the parent or authorized person. If you are picking up after 4:30 (when the main doors close), you will need to go to the entrance just north of the main doors by the fenced-in garden. Call the number for the after school program posted on the door and someone will come to let you in. If you, as a parent/guardian, will not be picking up your child, please email us with the name of the person who is authorized for pick-up. We will not release your child unless we receive this information from you. If you need to reach the after school program between the hours of 3:00 - 6:00, please call 206-816-6126. For general inquiries, please call 206-816-6211.

2018 Spring Break Camps

For this year's spring break (March 26 - April 6), we will be offering a selection of one-week, half-day camps. Put together two half day camps for a full day of fun! Kids staying a full day will be provided a space to eat a lunch from home or they can opt into a hot lunch prepared by the cooking camp students ($25 per week), exception being the cooking camp as preparing and eating lunch will be a part of their class.

Busking for Musicians - offered week 1 (March 26 - 30), 1:00 - 4:00, $200 per week
Take your music to the streets! Playing favorite classical, movie, and popular themes, the NWS musicians get out in the fresh air to busk on Capitol Hill, and at the Pike Street Market. Ability to read music and play a portable instrument required.

Ceramics - offered both weeks, 1:00 - 4:00, $200 per week
A summer camp and school year favorite! Take a lump of clay and turn it into art! Explore your creative side with a sculpture or practice technique to create a functional piece.

Chess + Archery - offered both weeks, 9:00 - 12:00, $250 per week
Charlie Nguyen, enrichment instructor extraordinaire, combines two of his favorite activities in one camp. Play a little chess and then pick-up a bow and arrow and take aim! All skills level welcome (for both chess and archery). Archery instruction will include lessons in math and physics as they relate to the mechanics of a bow and arrow. All equipment will be provided.

Computer Animation - offered both weeks, 9:00 - 12:00, $200 per week
In the world of animation, if you can imagine it, you can create it. This is your change to bring your imagination to life! You'll learn to express your ideas in pictures and words while discussing storyboarding, scriptwriting, scenic layout, and more.

Cooking with NWS - Week 1 (March 26-30), 9:00 - 1:00, $250 per week (includes lunch)
The Northwest School is known for delicious lunches designed and prepared by our professional kitchen team. Join Kris behind the scenes to recreate a few of your favorite lunches. Campers will work together to create a family meal each day, which they will share together for lunch.

Cooking with NWS - Week 2 (April 2-6), 9:00 - 1:00, $250 per week (includes lunch)
The dining program at NWS has been an integral community building component of our school since the first day we opened. Get to know a few members of our community a little more this week as we invite faculty members to come share their favorite recipes. Come cook, eat, learn! 

Film Studies: Science Fiction & Fantasy - offered week 2 (April 2-6), 1:00 - 4:00, $200 per week
Using television shows and movies like Dr. Who, Star Trek, and Harry Potter, we will explore social issues and expand our creative side. During class, we will watch movies and shows, and then explore through them through art, writing, and discussion.

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If you have any questions about the programs, please contact Extended Learning Director, Van Nguyen.

Registration will close March 15. Classes with low enrollment may be canceled at this time and a full refund will be provided. If you need to withdraw from a class, we will provide a full refund up until March 15, after which date there is no refund. All withdrawals must be made in writing to the Extended Learning Director.

The Northwest Experience Fund is available to families currently receiving financial aid for the school year. Please contact Van for further information.