This educational youth program takes a unique approach that is centered around your child’s unique interests and learning styles.
Once or more a week your child will explore the trails, beaches, bluffs and forests of Fort Worden, or the farmland, river, and forests of Dungeness, while completing projects and activities that integrate subject areas, connects disciplines and relates them to each other.
Our goal is to connect the classroom to the outside world and encourage collaboration, communication, research, problem solving, critical thinking and creativity.
Each month will have all-ages activities and projects.
Windward School uses a certified teachers, community instructors, and parent volunteers to teach children. Using parent volunteers as well as teachers creates an environment where kids are mentored by many adults, with a maximum enrollment of 25 students.
Special projects and teams are created monthly for kids to dive deeper into subject areas.
9 Month Program
Fort Worden in Port Townsend
Dungeness Schoolhouse in Sequim
Low monthly fee from $65-75 per month, per program day.
Price includes supply and material fees!
Drop n' Go
This is a drop off program, and parents are welcome to stay and assist, but you are not required to stay on-site.
Science Focus Days
Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math
From nature studies to engineering projects, Science classes emphasize STEM and the scientific process. With the experiential model, this means plenty of hands-on activities and sharing that information with the community.
Arts & Language
Language and Arts come alive through an emphasis on communication, team-building, and group projects. Kids are given hands-on tools of expressive arts through the use of theater arts, foreign language, arts and crafts, writing, and more.
Each day begins with a sharing circle, before venturing outdoors for a group hike.
Kids of all ages participate in an activity that blends the focus of the day with hands-on projects.
The lunch hour is a time of social interaction and team building PE games.
Special project time, where kids work with all-ages activities, or specific projects led by community instructors and volunteers.
A time for reflection, and clean-up.
Class is finished
At the beginning of each month we offer a choice of projects for your child to participate in. These projects include:
- Subject focused activities in foreign language, math, or science.
- Creative projects such as kite making or wind powered kinetic sculpture creation.
- Problem solving and team oriented activities such as LEGO robotics, programming or engineering.
Many of these special projects are free to participate, but some will have supply and/or teacher fees associated with them. We strive to keep everything low cost for all, so we will work together to try to keep these add-on fees as low as possible.
Some projects and teams will have limited availability, and they will be on a first-come first-serve basis.
The Windward Program is a partnership between the NW Discovery Lab and the 4-H WSU Extension Jefferson County. Partnering with 4-H allows greater flexibility, growth opportunity, and the support of a wonderful non-profit youth organization. We have also partnered with other organizations within our community and beyond to create a diverse learning program for all children
Building on Success
The Windward Program is expanding and evolving to meet the needs in our community! The program started as a small enrichment program in Spring 2017 with just 8 students, and has since grown to provide educational opportunities in Science and Arts to over 75 children on the Olympic Peninsula.
Every Windward family provides volunteer assistance in the classroom each month. Helping in the classroom, assisting the teacher, helping with cleanup, etc. This helps us to keep costs low, and all families involved in our program. If any parent would like to ‘buy out’ of assisting, they can pay $50 per month so that we can add to our supply and project fund.