A Day at Westside

What does a day at Westside look like?

Scroll through our example schedule of a tyical Tuesday or Thursday below to get a taste of our community in action!  On Wednesdays, our shorter days, we offer structured activity time in place of a formal class.

9am-9:15am - Welcome Party 

Say Hello, chat, and play a little to get comfortable in the space.

9:15am-10:00am - Class Time

During class time, students participate as a group in an exploratory lesson prepared by the teachers. The classes will cover a wide array of topics, functioning as a ‘springboard’ for students' further study, either at home or throughout the day at Westside.

During class time, we value our ability to discuss and experience learning together. 

At the same time, being in a group can be challenging at times, so students always have the agency to opt out of class time and choose an independent and quiet alternative activity.

10:00am-2:00pm - Self-directed play time, Lunch & General Activity 

Play time begins after class time has ended and continues until around 1:45. Teachers will also offer a general activity that students will be able to opt into. General activities might be organizing a sports game, leading a craft activity, playing music together!  We also know how to get out of the way of PLAY! Lunch will happen as well during this time, depending on when the students get hungry (they will often choose to eat together). We will straighten the school building as a group just before pickup at 2pm.