Waskowitz Environmental Leadership Service (WELS)
440 South 186th Street Burien, WA 98148


10th/11th Grade Program

WELS teaches high school students both academic and career skills through themes of leadership, environment and community. 

The "Expeditionary Block" at WELS engages students in one interdisciplinary course at a time, which allows students the room to dive deep into their learning through an inquiry-based approach to solving authentic problems in their community. Expeditions change every 4-6 weeks.  

WELS offers small class sizes with teachers who engage students beyond traditional instructional time. We celebrate learning and reflect often on our growth. 


Field Experiences

  • Overnight school retreat at the beginning of the school year.
  • Cabin leader at Waskowitz Outdoor School for two weeks in the Fall and three weeks in the Spring.
  • Overnight Snowshoeing trip in the winter
  • Overnight Backpacking trip in Spring