Frequently Asked Questions


Age mixing at its best. Older students cleaning the active room with younger students.

+ I want to visit!

Families looking to enroll may contact the school to schedule a tour of our campus. See more in How to Enroll. If you are interested in the school for other reasons, we suggest writing to us with why you are interested in Clearwater and what you would like to get out of your visit. Visits longer than a brief tour need to be approved by School Meeting and can take two or more weeks to approve.

+ What is your curriculum?

At Clearwater we have no required curriculum, no tests, no grades, and no homework. This means students have no pressure to meet standardized assessments and more space to focus on individual needs and the activities that interest them most. Read more in How it Works.

+ Do you provide lunch?

No, we do not provide lunch. Students are responsible for adequately feeding themselves throughout the day. They are free to bring packed lunches, bring food to prepare/cook themselves, or (if they have off-campus privileges) go off campus to purchase food.

+ What if I can’t afford tuition?

Clearwater cares about maintaining a financially diverse community. If you want to enroll but are worried about finances, you can apply for tuition assistance. See more in Tuition/Assistance.

+ What is your inclement weather policy?

In the case of inclement weather, we closely follow decisions regarding delays and closures with our local districts (North Shore and Seattle) while keeping the safety of our staff members and student's in mind. We will make all announcements ASAP and no later than 6am the morning of delays or closures.

+ When can I come to school after being sick?

Please follow these guidelines if you are sick:

  • If they come down with an illness, students should stay home to avoid spreading germs to others.
  • If they have a fever, students should stay home at least 24 hours past the last elevated temperature.
  • If they have systems of vomiting or diarrhea, students should stay home at least 24 hours after the last incidence of systems.
  • If they cannot manage to control coughing or nasal secretions by covering their mouth, or washing their hands and wiping their nose independently, stay home until it is something that others can help manage occasionally.

+ I’m a parent, can I visit, have lunch, play with my kid, etc, at school?

Unless otherwise approved, parents can only be at school to pick up/drop off students or meet with staff members. Like any other visitor, parents need to be approved by school meeting to spend more time at school. From time to time we invite families and the community in for special events or volunteer activities.

+ What can my student bring to school?

Suggested items to bring each day:

  • Food to last the entire day

  • Water Bottle
  • Change of clothes - particularly for younger students
  • Weather-appropriate clothing.
  • Students are welcome to bring their personal belongings to use at school. (Toys, books, art supplies, phone, electronics, etc)

What not to bring:

  • Strong scents
  • Weapons including pocket knifes
  • Aerosols
Child painting in the art room.