Detention Center Programs

The NWESD works closely with the Juvenile Detention Centers in Skagit, Whatcom and Snohomish Counties to provide the Detention Center Educational Programs.  The educational programs provide a structured learning environment with certificated special education teachers and instructional assistants guiding students through a standard school curriculum.  Students receive instruction in Reading, Language Arts and Mathematics as appropriate for their skill level.  They may also have the opportunity to participate in Social Studies, Science, Art and Physical Education.  Additionally, there are computers, as well as, a library that are available to supervised students during designated times within the school day. Special Education services are available if needed.

The NWESD provides a Transition Facilitator within each program to work closely with students to prepare them for employment and further education.  The Transition Facilitator may give students the G.E.D. Practice Test.

Skagit Detention Program

Whatcom Detention Program

Snohomish Detention Program

Phone:  360.419.1196
FAX:  360.419.1190


Phone:  360.676.6780 ext.50757
FAX:  360.676.6799


Phone:  425.388.7822
FAX:  425.388.7839

Program Calendar

Program Page

Participating Districts:

  • Anacortes
  • Burlington-Edison
  • Concrete
  • Conway
  • La Conner
  • Mount Vernon
  • Sedro-Woolley


Participating Districts:

  • Bellingham
  • Blaine
  • Ferndale
  • Lynden
  • Meridian
  • Mount Baker
  • Nooksack Valley

Participating Districts:

  • Arlington
  • Darrington
  • Edmonds
  • Everett
  • Granite Falls
  • Index
  • Lake Stevens
  • Lakewood
  • Marysville
  • Monroe
  • Mukilteo
  • Snohomish
  • Stanwood-Camano
  • Sultan



Report Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying

The NWESD is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, parents/legal guardians, volunteers and patrons, that is free from harassment, intimidation or bullying.  Any student who believes he/she has been the target of harassment, intimidation or bullying may report incidents verbally or in writing to Steve Dahl, Assistant Director for Special Programs and Services at the NWESD.  Any student who believes he/she has been the target of unresolved discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying may report incidents verbally or in writing to David Forsythe, Assistant Superintendent for Operations (also acting as the Section 504, Title IX, and Civil Rights Officer) at the NWESD.

The following resources are available for download here:

Sexual Harassment of Students Prohibited
Policy 3205       Procedure 3205-P          Notification Form

Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Prohibited
Policy 3207       Procedure 3207-P          Notification Form

For general questions please contact David Forsythe, Assistant Superintendent for Operations at NWESD.



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