Answers For Parents

Hours & attendance

The Clearwater School is open Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm. Students are required to attend a minimum of 5½ hours a day. Students under 8 years of age may attend part-time, 3 or 4 days per week. Early care is available by special arrangement.

Who we serve

The Clearwater School welcomes racial, cultural and religious diversity, and families of every composition. Enrollment is open to any child age 4-19 who can take on the responsibilities inherent in attending the school. The school’s individualized approach to education provides a great fit for children with all kinds of learning styles. Clearwater families come from varied economic and cultural backgrounds, but share a common desire for their children to experience freedom and responsibility and be treated with respect. The school draws from a wide geographic radius including Bothell, Mill Creek, Lynnwood, Seattle, Everett, Snohomish and Woodinville. Tuition assistance is available to families with limited incomes.


Our campus is located at 1510 196th St. SE, Bothell, WA 98012. (View Map) The Clearwater School is located on four acres in North Bothell. North Creek, a beautiful salmon-spawning creek, is a central feature of our campus. Students enjoy open access to our five school buildings and grounds full of native plants and wildlife.


Clearwater families carpool from entire greater Seattle area and beyond. If you are considering enrollment we can connect you with other families in your area. Many of our students also use public transportation to commute to school.

What kind of school?

The Clearwater School is a Washington State independent school serving students aged 4-19, based on the Sudbury model of education. The Clearwater School is a nonprofit (501(c)(3) organization.


The Clearwater School awards a Washington State high school diploma to graduating students who successfully complete the school’s diploma procedure.


Enrollment is open to new students year-round. Our enrollment process provides education about the model, and time to make a decision. We strive to keep our tuition rates affordable; tuition assistance is available.

Getting more info

Interested families are welcome to schedule a school visit by contacting Stephanie Sarantos at or 425-489-2050. You can also learn more about the school and meet Clearwater staff and families families by attending Clearwater events and information meetings. Many articles and books are available that provide more in-depth understanding of the school and the Sudbury model.

Learning at Clearwater

The Clearwater School is part of a new educational paradigm. Here, students are free to take risks and face challenges that are meaningful to them. They learn as much from their failures as their success, gaining valuable insight into their individual learning processes. Clearwater students spend their entire education gaining mastery of the issues adults face in the world today.

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