2227 10th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98102
Pre-K – 5th grade

Bertschi School educates children to become compassionate, confident and creative learners in a global community. But this is not just the mission of the school, it’s also how Bertschi operates every day. It’s what we call the Bertschi Way, and it’s what parents, kids and visitors experience as soon as they walk through the doors.

Bertschi’s faculty know children learn in many ways and strive to address individual needs and abilities. Bertschi kids experience cross-curricular exploration and constant creative encouragement. Science, art, math, and drama projects are used to promote different kinds of thinking and fun learning experiences. Students’ interests are developed, discovered, and nurtured. The Bertschi Way means doing everything all the way with heart and soul and attention to every child.

Bertschi students are taught to know who they are, who their fellow students are, and the impact and influence they have on their community. Staff, teachers, parents, and students work together to establish an environment that is inclusive, supportive, and respectful. This is a school that helps develop thoughtful kids full of compassion, confidence, and creativity who are ready for the challenges of secondary education.

Bertschi School is a learning experience to last a lifetime.

Excellence Today, the World Tomorrow
3795 East Mercer Way
Mercer Island, WA 98040

The French American School of Puget Sound (FASPS) offers education with the highest standards of both French and American systems from preschool (age 3) to Grade 8, which represents 11 years of bilingual education. With a truly international community, composed of 48 nationalities, our students come with all levels of French when they join. We don’t require any previous French up to Kindergarten. FASPS students become fully bilingual, academically thriving, entrepreneurially minded and keen on team work. They emerge as well-rounded, confident, and happy young individuals with an educated perspective on our global world.

“My daughter gained incredible study skills, work ethic, focus, organization and discipline through this bilingual system. At the same time, she learned to think out of the box, creatively and analytically.” -FASPS Alumni Parent
For the most up to date information on tours and open houses, please visit our website: www.fasps.org/admissions.

810 18th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Girls, grades 6-8

Lake Washington Girls Middle School, now in its eighteenth year, is a place where girls explore, experiment, discover, create, and learn about themselves and the world around them. Since 1998, LWGMS has challenged its students with high standards and helped every girl find the tools she needs to succeed. Here, girls are empowered to think critically, develop leadership, and enjoy learning through an integrated curriculum that has proven to prepare girls for success in high school honors and college preparation courses.

LWGMS prepares girls to be confident young women, strong in mind, body, and voice. Our school values diversity and promotes personal and social responsibility. Students, teachers, and families are active partners in creating a challenging academic environment, fostering independent thinking, and instilling a lifelong love of learning.

To learn more, please visit our website,
www.lwgms.org, or contact our admissions office at 206-709-3800 today.

The Meridian School


4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 242
Seattle, WA 98103

The Meridian School is an independent, K-5 school (215 students) committed to shaping globally responsible citizens who are empowered to inquire, investigate, innovate and impact their communities. Guided by a belief in the power of a wide range of human potential, we approach each child’s learning flexibly and responsively. Our inclusive approach serves a diverse community of learners through a combination of instructional differentiation and small group intervention or extension. Our unique location in Wallingford’s historic Good Shepherd Center situates us in an 11-acre park and surrounds us with nonprofit organizations such as the Tilth Alliance, Washington Green Schools and the Wallingford Senior Center. Academics take place inside the classroom and out in the park, and lessons in community begin by simply walking in the door.

Our Mission: The Meridian School promotes a balance of mind and heart, of contemplation and action, of individuality and a commitment to the community.

Our Beliefs: Curriculum should challenge, engage and inspire students. At Meridian, we provide an excellent academic education in which the joy of childhood infuses the excitement of learning.

Character is built upon integrity, compassion, and responsibility. At Meridian, students are guided toward self-discipline and thoughtful decisions, mindful of themselves, others and their environment.

Community is the heart of a school. At Meridian, all students, staff and families are known and valued. We strive to create an equitable and inclusive culture. Our connections are strengthened through close student-teacher relationships, strong parent involvement, and active engagement with our local and global communities.

Programmatic Highlights: A learning approach that is flexible, responsive and customized, Place-based Education, Service Learning, Global Competency.


New Discovery School is a play based preschool that nurtures the whole child. We foster confident, joyful learners by building a strong community of children, families, and teachers.

NDS was founded in 1985 with the mission to provide young children an emotionally supportive environment where they can learn and grow through play. Play is the heart of our curriculum.

Children explore and discover both on their own and with peers and teachers, learning through a balance of planned and spontaneous activities that engage and challenge, while also providing opportunities to experience success and self-discovery. 

Our focus on social-emotional learning empowers children- giving them the skills to self-regulate, listen respectfully, resolve conflicts, enter play, welcome others, and feel confident navigating the social arena. We believe it’s essential to teach children how to be valued members of a group, and we welcome all types of families to be a part of our community.

The arts play a key role in our program. We start each day singing together, encourage creativity, and have a skilled team of teachers actively promoting creative expression through many forms including: music, sign language, movement, theater, dance, and sculpture. Children leave NDS confident and ready to continue learning.

9005 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Kindergarten – 5th Grades

THE BEDROCK OF A QUALITY SCHOOL experience is the ability to inspire. Children who have experienced a dynamic and motivating curriculum are more likely to be academically prepared, self-confident, and have a life-long love for learning.

COLLABORATIVE AND DEDICATED TEACHERS at Perkins have a strong voice in all elements of school life. They work closely together to design, adapt, and enhance our curriculum. This allows us to have a truly vibrant program that effectively supports, challenges, and inspires our students – ensuring they are neither frustrated nor bored.

CHILDREN LEARN BEST IN SMALL CLASSES where they are known and appreciated as individuals. Perkins’ small class and close relationships between staff and student fosters learning and social growth. Parents, teachers and administrators work together to help every child grow to full capacity in all areas of development - cognitive, creative, social, emotional, physical - to ensure a truly optimal learning experience.

OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY brings together and embraces children of differing intellectual characteristics, cultures, beliefs, and socio-economic backgrounds. Perkins happily embraces families of all designs!

Puget Sound Independent Schools



Puget Sound Independent Schools (PSIS) is a non-profit admissions collaborative connecting families and schools around the Puget Sound region. We promote the value of local independent school education, and work collaboratively to make the admission process more accessible for prospective families. Our goal is for families to have an increased awareness of the 40+ independent school options in the Puget Sound region. All members of this collaborative are affiliated with the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS). Through our website, school fairs, and efforts to streamline the application process, we hope to increase student access to independent school education in this area.

At independent schools, you’ll find extraordinary teachers, small class sizes, and an environment where teachers nurture and stimulate students’ intellectual curiosity, personal growth, and critical thinking skills. Our member schools service a variety of grade levels and learning philosophies. Visit our website to find the right school for your child today at

Inspiring gifted children to reach their potential through inquiry, curiosity, and wonder.
K-8th grade
2619 4th Ave N. 
Seattle, WA 98119

Since 1964, Seattle Country Day School has been inspiring gifted children in grades K-8 to discover their potential through inquiry. Students are the center of a dynamic learning and discovery process. Experienced teachers focus on intellectual and character growth, attending to the social, ethical, and emotional needs of sensitive and capable students. Small classes generate curiosity and innovation through inquiry learning, and provide opportunities for collaborative experiences with a curriculum rich in mathematics, science, technology, humanities, and the arts.

Seattle Country Day School entry points are kindergarten, third grade, and sixth grade; applications are accepted at all grades level.

School highlights gifted education, inquiry-based learning, creative problem-solving, engaged peer groups, and collaborative culture.

6515 196th St. SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036
(425) 778-8572

Would your child benefit from an ethical, rigorous, and compassionate learning environment? Do you believe that parents and teachers should come together to make sure children grow as students and as individuals? Soundview School may be of interest to you.
Soundview School is an independent, International Baccalaureate World School in Lynnwood, Washington (population 38,273). It is situated 17 miles north of Seattle. The school enjoys a 3+ acre campus, one-third of which is reserved for forest. Currently, Soundview has a student body of 85. The faculty to student ratio is 8:1.

Soundview educates preschool through 8th grade students. The Soundview community is built on close, personal relationships between students, families, and teachers. Students learn in flexible, multi-age classrooms that provide personalized learning experiences.

• 100% of our curriculum exceeds State of Washington standards.
• 100% of our students take advanced courses in math.
• 100% of our fifth- through eighth graders participate in band.
• Science, technology, engineering, art, and math are incorporated at all levels of learning.

At Soundview, every child empowered to make a positive difference. We honor how children really learn by encouraging curiosity, risk-taking, creation, and reflection.
If this sounds like something your child would benefit from, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We hope to hear from you soon.

5062 9th Avenue Northeast
Seattle, WA

Since the inception of UCDS in 1911 on the University of Washington campus, our teachers have assumed the role of educational researchers as they designed, implemented and evaluated our programs. Today, as a professional practice school, UCDS is engaged in ongoing educational reform. Our school is a dynamic learning environment for teachers as we work together to understand and inspire each child that we serve. Like our students, teachers at UCDS collaborate with colleagues and support each other professionally. Each faculty member brings different expertise and experience, enriching the learning environment.

UCDS builds a strong community between students, teachers, staff, parents, Board of Trustees and neighborhood. Civic responsibility is central to the ethos of our school. Students are responsible for sharing their knowledge and talent in a way that enriches the rest of the community.

We teach children to listen carefully to others, to help one another, to share what they have learned, to coach one another, to participate in group discussions, and to develop areas of expertise where a child can assume leadership. We believe that developing tolerance for different points of view and empathy for the needs of others is essential to the moral development of a child.

The Valley School
318 30th Avenue E
Seattle, WA 98112

Located in Seattle's Madison Valley, The Valley School is a Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth Grade independent school that creates educational experiences that ignite children’s natural passion for learning. Our students develop an academic foundation and become joyful learners through playful work, purposeful play, and the practice of community.
For more information, visit
www.thevalleyschool.org or email info@thevalleyschool.org.

6335 Old Pietila Road, Clinton, WA  98236
Pre-K - 8th Grade

Whidbey Island Waldorf School:
An Innovative Education for a new Era

What do you, as a parent, value in your child's education today?

There are so many skills we want our children to grow and flower - creativity, critical thinking, observation, memory and analysis, problem solving, collaboration and of course, communication. These are among the capacities we have always worked to discover, nurture and nourish in each of our students. Perhaps most importantly in these fast changing times, our curriculum is taught through a lens of social collaboration and compassion, ever moving towards understanding and wonder. Waldorf students move deeper into the world with a well-rounded education, intellectual maturity, confidence in themselves and their abilities; able to think independently and step forward in their own unique way, all the while grounded in a real sense of community and responsibility. A Waldorf education fosters socially-responsible, motivated self-starters who are resistant to peer pressure and respectful of others, able to respond fully to the changing world around them.

Our creative and rigorous teaching approach meets each child where they are—academically, socially and emotionally—to help your child become the best thinker, student, leader, path changer and citizen of the world they can be.

"I feel like I'm using my WHOLE brain!" – Middle School student who transferred to WIWS

Is Waldorf right for your child? Call, email, or best yet, visit us and find out.

Woodinville Montessori School
19102 North Creek Parkway
Bothell, WA 98011
Toddler through high school

Woodinville Montessori School provides educational excellence for children aged 18 months to 18 years. Founded on the unique Montessori philosophy, WMS combines contemporary brain-based research on learning with a solid academic core curriculum and respect for each child’s individual needs and interests.
At WMS, children explore their identities as individuals, peers and community members. Guided by exceptionally well-trained educators, and supported by committed families, students work together to follow their natural curiosity; develop self-discipline, independence and critical thinking skills; and prepare for whatever paths they may choose. Enrichment and extracurricular activities provide balance: electives and clubs, recreational athletics for 4th- 8th grades, Innovation and Design Lab, aquaponics lab and capstone experiences.

Woodinville Montessori High School offers individualized instruction, and students choose the direction of and take responsibility for their learning. Core curriculum includes math through calculus, at least three years of science and an annual independent project. College counseling is tailored to your child.

The Bothell campus serves toddlers through high school students. The Woodinville campus serves additional early childhood students.

Additional highlights: mastery learning; multiage classrooms; personalized measures of competence; low student/teacher ratios; strong collaboration among students, parents and school; development of positive personal values and social skills; and an atmosphere celebrating and honoring diversity and inclusivity.

www.woodinvillemontessori.org. Accreditations: AMS & NWAIS



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