Boarding Program

The Northwest School is the only independent school in Seattle with a boarding program. The education of global citizens with a deep appreciation of different cultures is a founding principle of the school which extends to the summer programs. For our Summer Camp, we welcome campers ages 12 and above to our dorms.

Residential Dorm

Our recently renovated dormitory is located just one block west of the main school building, and houses approximately 54 students on gender-specific floors. Students live two to a room, sometimes with a roommate from a different country. Each floor includes a lounge where students can relax and socialize. Residential advisors are always present to help ensure a safe and happy student body.

Boarding campers will enjoy meals prepared daily by our professional kitchen as well as a full schedule of evening and weekend activities.

Past activities have included:

  • Taking a ferry across the Puget Sound
  • Cheering on the Mariners at a baseball game
  • Exploring the innovative exhibits at the Pacific Science Center
  • Seeing fish thrown at Pike Place Market
  • Enjoying views of Seattle from the Space Needle
  • Enjoying warm summer days at one of Seattle’s many beautiful parks and beaches

Please note that the above list is not guaranteed, as many things may affect the camp schedule (weather, athletic teams game schedules, museum closures, etc.), but campers do enjoy a full roster of activities during their time in Seattle.

The dorms are equipped with laundry facilities, computer access, and wi-fi. We will also provide a bath towel, bed linens, and a pillow. Campers need only bring their clothes, personal toiletries, and some spending money for souvenirs and snacks. For a recommended camping list, click here.

Check-in/Check-out

Boarding students may check-in starting at 12:00 PM on the Sunday prior to the start of their session, and check out by 9:00 AM on the Saturday after their camp session ends. Any check-in/check-out outside of these times must be communicated to and approved by the director.

Airport transfers are available to boarding students at additional cost ($100 one-way). Please see our "Dates, Programs, & Fees" page for details. We ask that flights arrive no earlier than 10:00 AM on the Sunday before camp starts and depart no later than 3:00 PM on the Saturday after camp ends.

Campers who register for more than one boarding session may stay in the dorms between sessions. We will have activities planned for them!

Summer Camp