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
Summer Program Cost$380
Summer Program Cost NotesIncludes early drop off and extended day. Partial week pricing available.
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students180 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
45%
State avg.: 23%
Students by GradeGiddens School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers16 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
50%
Average Class Size15 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$25,730
Tuition NotesOver 35% of our students receive financial assistance. Early drop off and extended day is included in the cost of tuition.
% on Financial Aid
35%
Average Financial Aid Grant$10,800
Admissions DirectorKen Bender

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.14 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Art from around the Globe, Chess Wizards, Cooking Classes, Flag Football Club, Improv Club, Martial arts class, Math Club, Musical Theatre, Origami, Parkour, Student Council, Tinkering, Tumbling and Gymnastics, Yoga

School Notes

  • Giddens celebrates a long history as a school committed to academics and learning, social and emotional development, and justice. Since 1972, Giddens has fostered young people who are secure in themselves, value difference and embrace diversity, think critically about the world around them, and possess both the knowledge and passion to work for progress.
  • Since its inception, Giddens School`s approach to teaching and learning has been steeped in the educational philosophy promoted by John Dewey and commonly referred to as progressive education. Progressive education is grounded by the following tenets: respect for diversity and a commitment that each individual should be seen for their ideas, interests, needs, and identities, and the development of a critical stance that allows individuals to participate fully and intelligently in a democracy. Schools that adhere to a progressive philosophy prepare children to become citizens who fully participate in democratic institutions and ways of life. They do this by attending to the development of children`s intellect and also to their social and emotional development. Progressive educators understand children as whole beings that need support, care, and challenge to thrive in all the ways they are able. In short, progressive education focuses on the whole child and the development of that child to become a productive citizen in a democracy.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
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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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