Windward School At Fort Worden & Dungeness

Experiential learning for children ages 5 to 12

Creativity
Collaboration
Exploration
Communication
Adventure
Problem Solving

Windward School

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.

WindwardLogo-Full

9 Month Program

Fall Quarter
September – November

Winter Quarter
January – March

Spring Quarter
April – June

Multiple Days Per Week

Multiple locations and days to choose from.

$75/Month

Low monthly fee from $75 per month, per program.

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.

Windward is located at Fort Worden: 200 Battery Way, Port Townsend, WA.

Science Focus Days

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

From nature studies to kinetic 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 Focus Days

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.

Daily Schedule

10am

Each day begins with a sharing circle, before venturing outdoors for a group hike.

11am

Kids of all ages participate in an activity that blends the focus of the day with hands-on projects.

Noon

The lunch hour is a time of social interaction and team building PE games.

1pm

 Special project time, where kids work with all-ages activities, or specific projects led by community instructors and volunteers.

2:30pm

A time for reflection, and clean-up.

3pm

Class is finished

Location

The Windward Program operates out of the Schoolhouse Building at Fort Worden.

Special Projects

At the beginning of each month we offer special projects for your child to participate. 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.

Community Partnerships

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 an expansion of our small daytime enrichment pilot program from this past spring.
Based on feedback from parents, teachers and community partners we developed this program build on current community programs and provide parents with options in reaching their goals.

Parent Volunteers

Each family provides 5 hours of volunteer assistance per 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 pay for an assistant.

Project & Subject Focus Instructors

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.

New Sequim Location

The Dungeness Schoolhouse is providing an amazing space for our Sequim classes! High ceilings, historic chalkboards, and a beautiful location in the heart of the Dungeness farmland.