Campus Info & Policies

DigiPen Academy Campus

DigiPen’s main campus is located in the city of Redmond, Washington about 16 miles east of Seattle. In addition to being the home of leading technology companies such as Microsoft and Nintendo, Redmond has numerous hotels, shopping centers, and local attractions as well as outdoor opportunities such as hiking and bicycling. We are fortunate enough to have resouces from the college DigiPen Institute of Technology at our disposal.

Onsite Policies:


For morning classes, all Young Explorer (grades K-3) and Junior (grades 4-7) students must be escorted by their parents and checked into their classrooms. Teen (grades 8-12) students may check themselves in. If a teen has younger siblings in our program, they may also escort and check them into class. Students will not be allowed into their classrooms more than 5 minutes before the start of class as teachers will be preparing their classrooms.

Please arrive promptly to pick your students up from their classroom when class ends.

All Young Explorers must be signed out from their classroom by an authorized adult who was listed on their Pick-Up Authorization Form during the registration process. Adults checking out Young Explorers may be asked for photo ID to confirm they are authorized to pick up the student. If someone comes to pick up your child and they are neither listed on the Pick-Up Authorization Form, you will be contacted to verify pick-up authorization. Young Explorer students will NOT be released to anyone who is not authorized to pick them up. Juniors are allowed to be signed out by an adult they recognize/are comfortable with. Teen students may sign themselves out of the classroom. Teen students may check out their younger siblings; please make sure to include them on the Pick-Up Authorization Form. To review or add authorized adults, please contact the administration team at (425) 629-5007 or


Lunch & Snacks

There will be a supervised lunch period from 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm. Please provide a lunch for your student. A microwave and toaster are available to reheat food. If your student is only attending a morning class and it is after 12:00 pm, please pick your student up from the lunchroom. If your student is just attending an afternoon class and you arrive more than 5 minutes before the scheduled class time, sign your student in at the front desk, and then escort them to the lunchroom. After 12:45 pm the sign-in sheet will be in your student’s classroom. Snacks are available for purchase.

To purchase snacks, you will need to have funds available in your account. To add funds, visit snack card purchase. From this page click “express registration” in the bottom left corner. Then select the third option, the “snachtime” option. If you select one of the first two options you will be charged $10.00 a month. Snacks are $0.50 each. Alternatively, you can add funds over the phone by calling DigiPen Academy Administration at (425) 629-5007. Adding funds to your account serves as a pre-paid snack card. Therefore, any funds that remain at the end of the course will NOT be refunded.


Please send your student to class with a binder filled with loose leaf paper and a pen/pencil. We will provide any other supplies that your student needs.


Weather Closures

For days when weather conditions such as snow and ice may result in school schedule changes, DigiPen will send out an email by 7:30 a.m. to notify you. Please note that DigiPen follows weather closure decisions made by the Lake Washington School District, but because we have families that are outside this school district, DigiPen also factors this into account when making decisions about delayed starts or full closures. The email will go to the address listed when you registered your student.

DigiPen Institute of Technology teaches high school classes through several Tech Academies and Skills Centers in Washington State. Policies, applications, and additional information can be found through each program’s home Skills Center or school district.

Washington Network for Innovative Careers (WANIC) programs, held on campus at DigiPen Institute of Technology, adhere to all policies from the WANIC consortium of school districts. For questions or to excuse absences, contact WANIC at or 425-739-8400. Inclement weather policies for WANIC programs follow the Lake Washington School District.

If you have earned DigiPen credit through your Skills Center program and would like to request your transcript, please fill out the Transcript Request Form for Skills Center Students, and return it to DigiPen’s Front Desk or send it to

Getting Ready for Your Summer Program

Learn about drop-off/pick-up procedures, After-Care activities, lunch menus, and what to do if you have multiple children in different workshops.

First Day

Students and parents should plan to arrive 20-30 minutes early for check-in on the first day of the Summer Workshop program for which they are enrolled.


Ages 5-9:  Please view the OCC traffic map here.  These students must be dropped off at Overlake Christian Church, across the street from the DigiPen campus.  From 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. we will have staff outside, and you may drop your students off in the loop indicated. After 8:30 a.m. please plan to park and walk your student into the building.  Students will be asked each morning if they are staying for After-Care Activities or participating in Express Pick-up.

Express Pick-up runs from 3:30 -3:45 p.m. and staff will be outside to bring students to your car in the same traffic loop.  From 3:45 p.m. to the end of After-Care Activities, please plan to pick up your student at DigiPen Institute of Technology. We will be shuttling students across the street promptly at 3:45. Legal parents or guardians of students aged 5 – 9 will need to complete the Pick-Up Authorization Form prior to the start of the program. This form designates who (besides the legal parent/guardian) is authorized to sign a student out of the program. In order to sign the student out, the person designated on the Pick-Up Authorization Form will also be required to present a photo ID or the selected password at the time of pick-up.

Ages 10 – 12: Please view the DigiPen traffic map here. These students may be dropped off starting at 8:00 a.m., in the area indicated on the map: towards the back of the building. Express Pick-up will be available starting the first day of the program.  It will be open from 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. After the Express time frame, you will need to park and pick your student up from After-Care Activities.

Regardless of whether you are utilizing the Express Pick-up or are picking your student up from After-Workshop Activities, all students under age 13 must be signed out by an adult.  Please be aware that Express Pick-up will not be available on Fridays.

Please ensure that your student knows if they are staying for After-Care Activities, as they will be asked during morning attendance. If they do not know whether they are staying or not, they will wait in the Express Pick-up line, after which they will proceed to the activities room.

Ages 13-18: Please view the DigiPen traffic map here. Teens may be dropped off starting at 8:30 a.m., in the area indicated on the map: towards the back of the building.  They may sign themselves out at the end of the day, or out of After-Care Activities, so they can walk to your car if you are parked, or join the Express Pick-up flow.

If siblings are in two different age groups, they may be dropped off at the same, earlier time.


A sample lunch menu for the summer can be found here.  

Please note:

  • Students with severe gluten allergies/celiac disease should plan to bring your own food: our café bakes its own bread, and we cannot guarantee food prepared in the café has not come in contact with flour.
  • During the summer, the café’s kitchen is cleared of peanuts/tree nuts. However, products with nuts may be available for purchase in the campus bookstore. Additionally, as we are also an active college campus and OCC is an open building, we cannot guarantee a totally nut-free environment.

After-Care Activities

Free, optional After-Care Activities are provided for students daily, with the exception of Final Showcase day. Activities include trivia contests, video game tournaments, and traditional games.

Ages 5-9: After-Care Activities are from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Students must be picked up by 5:10 to avoid incurring late fees.

Ages 10 – 12: After-Care Activities are from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Students must be picked up within 10 minutes of the end time to avoid incurring late fees.

Ages 13 – 18: After-Care Activities are from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Students must be picked up within 10 minutes of the end time to avoid incurring late fees.

Friends and Family Final Showcase

The DigiPen Academy Friends and Family Final Showcase is an open house event that features the students’ projects. Parents, extended family, and friends are invited to the last hour of students’ workshops to attend this event in celebration of all the hard work and creativity of the students from the summer session. This showcase is also a great opportunity for family and friends to visit classrooms and view the final projects of students in other programs.

About Redmond

DigiPen’s main campus is located in the city of Redmond, Washington about 16 miles east of Seattle. In addition to being the home of leading technology companies such as Microsoft and Nintendo, Redmond has numerous hotels, shopping centers, and local attractions as well as outdoor opportunities such as hiking and bicycling.


Places to Stay in Redmond

If you are traveling to Redmond for a ProjectFUN program and need a place to stay, we are happy to help you get started in exploring your options.

For Summer 2019 we will not be able to host ProjectFUN participants and their families through DigiPen Housing, LLC. Here are a few alternative options you can explore:

  • Hotels: Many of the recommended hotels offer complimentary breakfasts, free high-speed wireless internet access, or a shuttle ride to the DigiPen campus. View a list of local recommendations.
  • Vacation Rentals: Many of our out of town visitors have also used vacation rental websites such as Airbnb or VRBO to find apartment and home rentals nearby.
  • ABODA: ABODA is Seattle’s largest provider of temporary housing. Call them at 888-389-0500 or email them at with your needs (area of town, number of bedrooms, budget, any pet info, etc) and they will assign a consultant to provide options based on those outlined needs.

Getting Around Redmond and Seattle

Some of the hotels listed above have shuttles that run between the hotel and the DigiPen campus.

To travel around other parts of Redmond and Seattle, students will need to find their own means of transportation. DigiPen suggests using the King County Metro System’s trip planner to find bus and train routes to and from DigiPen and the surrounding areas.

You may also consider renting a bicycle during your visit! Redmond has been called “The Bicycle Capital of the Northwest” and has numerous on-road bike lanes and off-road paved and natural trails to explore. Click here for more information about biking in Redmond.

Drop off / Pick up

Students cannot be dropped off more than 30 minutes before the start of any session. Students must be picked up within 10 minutes after the end of a session or within 10 minutes of the end of the After-Workshop Activities time slot (see below).

Failure to adhere to this schedule raises safety concerns for students, as there is only supervision during designated workshop and after-workshop hours. An early drop-off or late pick-up will result in a $1.00 fee for every minute you are early for drop off or late for pick-up. If a student is not picked up by 7:00 p.m., DigiPen will contact the local authorities for the next steps.

Parking Policies: Please make sure to park only in spaces marked with the DigiPen Logo or “Visitor”, or in blank/undesignated parking spaces. Parking in spaces unaffiliated with DigiPen, or in spaces marked either “Reserved” or “Pro Sports Club,” may result in your car being towed.


Siblings in Different Progams

If a student has one or more siblings attending a Summer Program that begins at an earlier time, both students may be dropped off at the earlier time. Conversely, if one student’s After-Care Activities end at a later time than the others, both students may be picked up at the later time.

For example, if a Teen student has a sibling in a another program, a parent may drop off both students at 8:30 a.m. and pick up both students by 5:00 p.m.

To access your course’s Canvas site, please visit

DigiPen Academy and all of our ProjectFUN workshop programs use Canvas as a learning management aid to structure courses, facilitate parent communication, save student work, and many other tasks.

Some workshops and classes may utilize this tool more than others— digital workshops more than non-digital workshops, Teen programs more than Young Explorer programs.

If you have difficulty logging in, or have any other questions, please contact the DigiPen Academy administration at or (425) 629-5007.

For Students

To access your Canvas page, you will need your DigiPen provided email, which is given to you by your teacher. The first time you log in to Canvas, students will need to complete the “Forgot Password” protocol, and access their DigiPen provided email to complete the flow.

This email account is accessible here. Please remember that logging in to this account only requires you enter your username, not the full email address.

For Parents

The first time you log in to Canvas, parents will also need to follow the “Forgot Password” protocol.

The account email provided upon registration is used to create parent/observer accounts with Canvas. Account holders will receive updates from the teachers- saved and archived on Canvas, but also sent through Canvas to this email address.

If you are unsure which email you provided, please contact us so we can confirm this for you.

If your student is in multiple classes or workshops with us, your account will follow your student automatically, and you will not need to reset your password each time.