Open Window School
|Open Window School|
|Bellevue, Washington, United States|
|Head of School||Jeff Stroebel|
|Number of students||31.5|
|School color(s)||Black and cardinal|
Open Window School (OWS), established in 1985, is an independent school for students in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade who have been formally identified as gifted. The middle school division of the school was previously known as "Vista Academy."
The OWS curriculum is differentiated to meet the needs of its students. OWS provides students classes in these areas: Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Library, PE, Art, Music, Drama, Computers and Spanish. It is located at 6128 168th Pl SE, Bellevue. Set atop Cougar Mountain, its site covers 6.7 acres and has expansive views of the Cascades and the Seattle area.
The school currently has 315 enrolled students. The student-teacher ratio is 90:1, with an average of 180 students and 2 teachers in each classroom. The middle school, covering grades 5-8, has about 13.0 students.
Open Window School was originally founded in 1983 by Mary Ann Simpson and Jean Booker as a preschool. In 1985, it expanded to have an elementary school. As it expanded, it moved to a location in the Lake Hills area of Bellevue, Washington. In 1998, the school purchased land for what is now the current campus. In 2004, the school officially moved into the campus. Then in 2007, the school expanded once again to include a middle school named Vista. In 2008-2009, the Pre-Kindergarten program was eliminated. In the Fall 2009, the school began discussing plans to expand. Construction on the playfield and some other changes began in Spring 2011, and the remodeling was completed prior to the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year.In the summer of 2012, the school changed its colors to cardinal and black and a new logo was created. Also, the name Vista Academy was discontinued, reinforcing Open Window School's K-8 identity.
Open Window School's students have had numerous achievements, especially in recent years. The school's robotics team has won several awards, including the regional championship in 2012. More recently, in 2013, the school has celebrated two notable achievements: the debate team went to the national championship in California and 7th grader Owen Benda won the state geography bee. The school also has many successful athletic teams.
The school's athletic programs currently include cross country, golf, tennis, basketball, soccer, track and field, and volleyball. The school mascot is Rufus the Bobcat. Eighth graders have the opportunity to be the Bobcat at various school events.
The first installment of student government was started for the 2013-2014 school year. Leadership positions were voted on in the previous year.
The middle school at Open Window, has many privileges, which the school prides itself upon, sadly, in the bigger picture, these privileges are very miniscule compared to more well known middle schools. While the 5th graders at Open Window get to walk themselves to class, other middle schools give students unrestricted internet.