Summer Camp


Explore, Learn and Make Friends — Locally and Globally!

Are you ready for a summer camp that’s fun and engaging and offers a variety of classes? You can dance, make music, act onstage and bring an artistic vision to life, dive into Marine Biology, design a robot or build an architectural model. It is all possible this summer.

You can look forward to:

  • Creating your own schedule from a wide variety of classes
  • Being part of a culture of belonging and possibility
  • Making connections with campers from around the world
  • Refueling your body and mind with tasty eco-friendly lunches

See Beautiful Seattle in the Summer!

Enjoy the natural beauty of the Seattle region and have fun integrating with campers from Seattle during the day. It’s a great way to improve your English while making new friends and learning new things. International campers can look forward to:

  • Making friends with campers from the greater Seattle area
  • Practicing your English
  • Experiencing American culture
  • Taking fun classes

Camp at a Glance

Registration opens February 15, 2023, and is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Youth ages 10-16, from across Seattle, the United States and the world
Boarding available for ages 12-16


Session 1: July 5-14 (day camp only)
Session 2: July 17–28 (boarding and day camp)
Session 3: July 31–August 11 (boarding and day camp)  

Camp runs Monday–Friday each week, except for the week of July 4. No classes meet on the weekends. Boarding campers enjoy planned activities on evenings and weekends.

Daily Schedule 

8:30–9 a.m. Drop-off, doors open at 8:30 a.m.
9–10:30 a.m. Block 1
10:30 a.m.–Noon Block 2
Noon–1 p.m. Lunch + midday activities
1–2:30 p.m. Block 3
2:30–4 p.m. Block 4
4–4:30 p.m. Pick-up, doors close at 4:30 p.m.

Tuition & Fees

Lunch is included in tuition

Session 1 

Half day: $500
Full day: $850 

Sessions 2 and 3 

Half day: $600
Full day: $1,050
Full day + boarding: $2,550

Registration for Summer 2023 is open!

If you are unable to register online, please contact the Summer Camp Director for paper forms. 

A $100 deposit per student, per session, will hold your spot at camp. Deposits are nonrefundable. Full payment for all camps is due June 1, 2023. If you are registering after this date, full payment will be due at the time of registration. 

Registration will stay open until one week prior to the start of a camp session, or until the session is full.

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Campbassador Program

Become a Counselor-in-Training

The Northwest School offers a great service-learning opportunity for high school-aged youth to serve as camp ambassadors — Campbassadors! — official student leaders helping campers in fun and innovative ways. Learn more »

  • Where is the camp located?

    The Northwest School Summer Camp is held at The Northwest School campus at 1415 Summit Ave. in Seattle.

  • What types of lunches are served?

    We provide a fresh, nutritious lunch prepared on-site daily in a nut-free facility, served in our dining hall. The daily menu will include vegetarian and gluten-free and dairy-free options. If your camper has any dietary needs, please contact the Summer Camp Office so that we can notify the kitchen.

  • Whom do we to notify if we're going to be late or absent one day?

    If your child is going to be late or has a planned absence, please inform the Summer Camp Office at 206-816-6070. Campers arriving after 9 a.m. must check in with the Summer Camp Office before proceeding to their class.

    Parents/guardians who pick up children after doors close at 4:30 p.m. will be charged $1 per minute. We will call you if your camper is not present and we have not received notice.

  • How do field trips work?

    Many classes will include off-site field trips; this is another reason it’s important to arrive to camp on time. We will provide transportation from and back to the school. If you need to pick up your camper early for any reason, please make sure their class will not be on a field trip during that time.

  • Do half-day campers have special instructions?

    Half-day morning campers must sign out in the Summer Camp Office before departing for the day; Half-day afternoon campers must sign in prior to attending their Block 3 class. Any half-day camper is welcome to join us for lunch at no extra cost.

  • Do you insure campers' personal property?

    The Northwest School is unable to insure personal property, including equipment used in classes, such as digital cameras. Campers, faculty and guests agree to absolve The Northwest School of all responsibility for theft, loss or any damage to their personal property.

  • What is your policy on camper conduct?

    Campers are expected to contribute to a healthy and collaborative atmosphere of respect for themselves, others and the environment. Campers who display aggressive or disruptive behavior, or leave campus without permission, will be dismissed for the day. Return to camp will be based on a discussion with the camper and parent or guardian. No refunds are offered for campers removed from camp due to behavior; parents or guardians are responsible for any travel charges incurred by dismissal from the program.

  • Do I need a student visa?

    No. Our summer camp program is considered a recreational activity so international campers do NOT need a student visa and we do not issue I-20s. If you are a citizen of a country NOT on the visa waiver list, you will need a tourist visa to enter the United States. Please contact your local U.S. consulate or embassy for information on how to apply for a tourist visa. Begin this process as soon as possible, as waiting lists for appointments may be long and get longer closer to summer.

  • Will I need medical insurance if I am an international day camper?

    All campers are required to have medical insurance. We offer short-term medical insurance for an additional fee for international day campers. The cost is included in the fees for campers who are boarding.

    • One session (two weeks): $65
    • Two sessions (four weeks): $90
    • Three sessions (six weeks): $115
  • What is your protocol for Covid-19 and in-person health safety?

    The Northwest School is committed to keeping our community as safe as possible from Covid-19. We follow recommendations and scientific protocols set by local, state and national health experts. Some of the protocols we are prepared to enforce include:

    • Vaccination requirements for all campers and faculty
    • Surveillance testing
    • Masks
    • Physical distancing
    • Increased hygiene practices and cleaning
    • Increased ventilation in indoor spaces

    If international campers are unable to attend camp due to a change in travel or quarantine recommendations, a full refund (minus the deposit) will be available.

Meet Summer Camp Director
Leilani Nussman


Non-Discrimination Policy 

The Northwest School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, use of service animals, national or ethnic origin or any other trait or characteristic protected by law in admission of otherwise qualified students; in providing access to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at The Northwest School; or in its administration of educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid, athletics and other school-administered programs. 


Summer Camp
The Northwest School
1415 Summit Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98122

Phone: 206-816-6070
Fax: 206-467-7353


Summer Camp