Teacher Assistant Program

Summer Program Teacher Assistant Opportunities

Each year as we gear up for our Summer Program at Open Window School, we are looking for interested teens to support the excellent summer program classes as Teacher Assistants (TAs). Some TAs are older siblings or Open Window School alumni and others come from the greater Eastside community. We welcome applications from all who are interested. Participation in the application process is not a guarantee of placement in the program. A maximum of 20 students will be selected to participate in this program.
The Open Window Summer Teacher Assistant (TA) Program is designed to offer students comprehensive classroom experience as a mentor to students and an assistant to teachers. TAs are campers with leadership responsibilities and can have a profound impact on a student’s experience. Under the guidance of the Summer Program Assistant Director and classroom teachers, TAs will attend training sessions, learn how to be an effective TA, model positive classroom behavior, undergo classroom observation and performance evaluations, participate in self-evaluations, and provide general camp support as needed. Upon successful completion of the program, TA hours will be validated as volunteer hours to meet school requirements.

How to Apply:

  • All applicants must be willing to commit to a total of 3 weeks during the Summer Program as noted below.
    • Week 1 (July 5-7) – full day group training on Leadership and how to be an effective TA.
    • Option 1 OR 2:
      • Weeks 2 and 3 (July 10-14 and July 17-21)
      • Weeks 4 and 5 (July 24-28 and July 31-August 4)
  • Students interested in being a TA in the Drama Camp in Weeks 1 and 2 (July 5-14) can indicate that preference on the application.
  • Applicants who submit their completed application on time must interview with the Summer Program Assistant Director by the end of March.
  • Applicants must volunteer twice in aftercare by Wednesday, April 5.
  • Applicants will be notified if they are accepted or not by Friday, April 7.
  • The Summer Program Assistant Director will register successful applicants into the program and communicate registration details with the parent/guardian.
  • Successful applicants will attend mandatory training: April 29 and/or May 27.
  • Applicants must download, complete, and sign the application.
    • The application will be available to download from the TA section of the summer program website beginning Friday, February 3 at noon.
  • After completing the application, applicants must have their parent/guardian review and sign the application.
  • To be considered for the program, applicants must return their completed applications via mail, email or fax by Friday, March 3 to:
Michelle Doiron
Summer Program Assistant Director
6128 168th Pl. SE | Bellevue, WA | 98006
f: 425-562-4035
No longer accepting applications.

TA Fees:

  • General TA - $200 Tuition for 3 weeks
  • Drama TA - $125 Tuition for 2 weeks
The TA fee covers the cost of group training sessions and one-to-one guidance TAs will receive from the Summer Program Assistant Director and classroom teachers.


  • Attend and participate in all training opportunities and TA meetings.
  • Understand, embody, and promote the OWS Bobcat Virtues.
  • Proactively assist teachers and engage with students and classroom activities.
  • Assist with transitions to and from snack and recess, and with recess itself.
  • Learn recess rules to help kids stay safe at recess.
  • Report any concerns to the Summer Program Director, the Summer Program Assistant Director or a teacher you are working with.
  • Maintain focus on role as a TA throughout every day.
Open Window School provides a challenging academic curriculum blended with nurturing support from teachers that prepares students for long-term success.