Giddens School

  • Giddens is an independent preschool through fifth-grade that nourishes a diverse community and provides children with an academically rigorous education steeped in social justice.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-5
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1972
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students165 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by GradeGiddens School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers16 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 12 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$20,457
Tuition NotesOver 35% of our students receive financial assistance
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$10,800
Admissions DirectorShana Abner

School Notes

Giddens School is committed to graduating students with a deep foundation in academics and learning, an awareness of their own and others` social and emotional well-being, and a commitment to advocating for themselves and the world around them. For over 40 years, Giddens, a preschool through 5th grade independent school, has been dedicated to developing students` subject matter knowledge while supporting them to be curious, socially responsive, and creative young people well prepared to affect change.

We know from research that teachers and the quality of teaching is one of the central elements to student success. At Giddens, we leverage knowledge from practice and research to engage in ambitious teaching. Ambitious teaching is grounded on four principles:
  • We treat students as sense-makers.
  • We know students socially, emotionally, and intellectually.
  • We engage students in rich content learning that is rigorous and deep.
  • We challenge inequity within and beyond the classroom and school.These four principles guide our decisions about how best to support student learning.
Notably, Giddens School is one of the most ethnically, economically, and socially diverse independent schools in the Northwest. Over 45% of our students are children of color, 30% of our staff are teachers of color and over 35% of our students receive financial assistance far more than other independent schools in the greater Seattle area. Within this truly diverse community, tangible experiences shape the way students learn with and about each other. Our commitment to diversity coupled with our commitment to ambitious teaching ensures that all of Giddens students have opportunities to be active agents of their own learning.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
Giddens has been a wonderful fit for my kids. My children are cared for in a loving, diverse community that truly embodies it's mission of social justice.
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As a mother to two daughters (Kindergarten, 2nd grade), I was seeking an elementary school that would challenge and support them academically, while allowing them to grow their independence, compassion, and resilience. I was also looking for an opportunity for them to learn among children, teachers, staff, and parents with as much diversity and inclusion (across races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations/gender identifications, and economic status) as I could find in Seattle. Giddens School has delivered on those hopes, and as we start our second year, I'm really feeling a sense of community developing.My kids are thriving in small classes (12 - 16 students per class), multi-age classrooms (K/1, 2/3, 4/5) and through school-wide activities (e.g.,: family Spark projects -- multi-disciplinary art/science/social studies projects that run several weeks, each with a different theme (3-4 per year); Morning Sing, buddy programs (pairing 4th/5th graders with K/1s to support emerging readers), and grade band level field trips, art/music programs. Each takes two after-school Enrichment programs, including Parkour, Acting for the Camera, and Trendy Crafts.I was also looking for a non-competitive environment, where my daughters could get a lot of practice taking reasonable risks, socially and academically, and making mistakes (or, razzle frazzles). They are learning how to navigate conflict; how to stand up for themselves (without putting others down); and how to get to know themselves as people, and as learners (while recognizing that others learn and live differently from them). Even with somewhat high expectations, I've been surprised at how quickly even my kindergartner has begun exploring the world with rather sophisticated and complex questions. It's a joy to get to journey with them academically, socially, emotionally, and as citizens of their community.
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