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The Clearwater School

The Clearwater School is a coeducational private alternative special program emphasis school

Institution Type: Private Setting: Suburban


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The Clearwater School says

A Sudbury school where kids (ages 4-19) direct their own education with undiluted freedom and democracy. Kids decide how to spend their time, govern their community and assume responsibility for their lives, becoming self-confident, articulate and resourceful adults. The Clearwater School is a Sudbury schoolfor kids from ages 4-19 and is located on North Creek, in Bothell, Washington. Our spacious four-acre grounds provide endless opportunities for discovery of wildlife, outdoor play and explorations of open fields, woods and creek frontage.Without class assignments or mandatory tests, Clearwater students explore the world guided by their own inspirations. They are the authors and directors of their education, drawing from school staff and resources as well as the offerings of the local community. They think, decide, play, talk openly with friends, investigate the world and dream. They freely pursue basketball, jewelry making, game design, role playing games, poetry or natural habitats. Learning is truly limitless.Like adults in the greater community, Clearwater students each have a vote. They learn how to make decisions that affect their lives. In the weekly School Meeting, students use their voices to directly influence school governance. They create rules and policies, solve problems that arise and determine the school budget.Clearwater students participate in a judicial system that enforces school policies and determines what to do when rules are broken. They learn to balance their individual actions with the needs and rights of the whole community. Students are required to act responsibly—including, at times, experiencing the consequences when one’s actions violate community expectations.Freedom is always accompanied by responsibility. From the earliest age, children make decisions about how to spend their time—reading or running, building or composing. Through simple decisions like when and what to eat or who to hang out with, children gain an internal understanding of their inclinations, preferences and abilities.Over the years, responsibility and freedom become habit, the foundation of action. Through self direction, Clearwater students internalize a sense of mastery. By graduation, they are prepared to take on challenges in the world at large, equipped with essential skills that are sought in today’s workplace. They trust their own voices to influence the course of their lives.Bus service is available from Seattle.



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Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 52
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
Ungraded 52

The Clearwater School's relatively even enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing The Clearwater School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 14 : 1
Gender 60% Male / 40% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 96%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Asian 2%

Associations & Memberships

National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools (NCACS)

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