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Democratic Free School


At Clearwater, school isn't practice.

It's real life.

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Democratic Free School


At Clearwater, school isn't practice.

It's real life.

What is a Democratic Free School?

No homework, no tests, and no grades.

Democratic: At The Clearwater School children are more than students, they are School Meeting Members. School Meeting handles everything from determining school rules and budget requests to approving visitors and planning field trips. Every student’s voice has an opportunity to be heard and impact the school. All of our procedures and policies are thanks to the work of School Meeting.

Free: Without mandatory classes, students have freedom to pursue their interests and passions on their own terms. This includes the freedom to make mistakes, to play all day, to interact with students of all ages, and so much more! The options are limitless. Sounds too good to be true? There is only one caveat; you can't interfere with another person's freedom.

School: We define school as a community that supports each other as they learn and grow. At Clearwater you won't see traditional classrooms, desks, or teachers. Learning happens everyday through exploration, conversation, play, trial & error, and the unexpected. Our community supports each other through School Meeting and the Judicial Committee as well as through more organic moments that happen each and every day.

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Our Students


Freedom.

Our Students


Freedom.

Our Students

We offer year-round enrollment for students ages 4-19. Enrolling students should be capable of taking on the responsibilities that come with the freedom granted at school. 
The Clearwater School welcomes students of any race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, culture, religion, and national or ethnic origin. 
Clearwater's unique approach to education is a great fit for children with a variety of learning styles. Clearwater families come from varied economic and cultural backgrounds but share a common desire for their children to experience freedom, responsibility, and to be treated with respect. 

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Map and Contact


Trust.

Map and Contact


Trust.

Bothell, WA

Clearwater serves students from all corners of the greater Seattle area.

 

Hours: 9am-5pm

Phone:
(425) 489-2050

Location:
1510 196th St. SE
Bothell, WA 98012

Email: info@clearwaterschool.com

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Help support Clearwater!

Right now you can help support The Clearwater School by purchasing a $15 app subscription to Chinook Book! You’ll have access to hundreds of coupons for local places you love! Plus, 50% of the proceeds will benefit Clearwater! Fundraisers and donations support our tuition assistance program, keeping Clearwater accessible to students of all economic backgrounds.