Summer Camp

Summer Camp

Exploration is the Path to Discovery

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

Visit Beautiful Seattle During 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

Campers aged 10–16 join us from across Seattle, the U.S., and the world.
Boarding available for ages 12–16

2023 Dates

  • 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 from Monday–Friday each week, except for the week of July 4. There are no classes on the weekends. Boarding campers will enjoy planned activities evenings and weekends.

Daily Schedule

8:30–9:00 a.m. Drop-off, doors open at 8:30 a.m.
9:00–10:30 a.m. Block 1
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Block 2
12:00–1:00 p.m. Lunch + midday activities
1:00–2:30 p.m. Block 3
2:30–4:00 p.m. Block 4
4:00–4:30 p.m. Pick-up, doors close at 4:30 p.m.

2023 Tuition & Fees (Lunch Included)

Session 1

  • Half day: $500
  • Full day: $850

Sessions 2 and 3

  • Half day: $600
  • Full day: $1050
  • Full day + boarding: $2550

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the camp located?

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

What types of lunch 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.

Who do we 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 9:00 a.m. must check in with the Summer Camp Office before proceeding to their class. Parents/Guardians who pick up after doors close at 4:30 p.m. will be charged $1 per minute. We will call you if your child 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 child early for any reason, please make sure their class will not be on a field trip during that time.

Are there any special instructions for Half Day campers?

Half Day AM campers must sign out in the Summer Camp Office before departing for the day, and Half Day PM campers must sign in prior to attending their Block 3 class. Both Half Day AM and PM campers are 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 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; and parents or guardians are responsible for any travel charges incurred by dismissal from the program.

Do I need a Student Visa?

Because our summer camp program is considered a recreational activity, 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 U.S. Please contact your local 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. The cost in 2023 was as follows:

  • One session (2 weeks): $65
  • Two sessions (4 weeks): $90
  • Three sessions (6 weeks): $115

Summer Camp Director

Leilani Nussman

Summer Program & Extended Learning Director

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

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.

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