Puget Sound Community School

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  • Founded in 1994, Puget Sound Community School (PSCS) is a Washington State approved independent middle and high school, located in the heart of downtown Seattle.
  • PSCS was established on the belief that young people are curious and motivated by that which interests them most, that when provided a positive and supportive environment-along with a variety of classes and opportunities offered by interesting and passionate people-they will pursue challenging goals and work through obstacles with their peers and staff.
  • PSCS is committed to racial and socio-economic diversity and to students who don`t fit into the gender binary, students who have been bullied and stifled in other educational systems.
  • We prioritize keeping kids in school who might not otherwise be able to afford (or even consider) independent education.
  • We seek youth who will partner with us to build on our inclusiveness and embody our vision-to cultivate belonging, engagement, and learning grounded in diversity, empowerment, and empathy.

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Puget Sound Community School places among the top 20% of private schools in Washington for:

School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Other school association(s)
NWAIS (Northwest Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
Year Founded1994

Student Body

Total Students45 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade Puget Sound Community School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers6 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
99%
Average Class Size11 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(No dress code)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$23,123
Tuition NotesTuition aid: Last year, PSCS awarded over $100,000 in aid to our current and incoming families. All admissions decisions are made independently of tuition aid decisions. To the extent that our funds permit, aid is available to qualifying students whose parents are able to establish financial need through the aid application process. If you have questions regarding the aid process, please call or email us.Program Aid: PSCS works hard to include fees and expenses in tuition costs and not nickel and dime families as we go along in a school year. Added fees depend on individual student activities and the needs of certain courses. However, we want students to be able to do things that may have associated fees, regardless of their economic status. As such, we offer program aid to families for whom added costs might stand in the way of a student doing activities or taking courses they are interested in.
% on Financial Aid
30%
Average Financial Aid Grant$9,000
Acceptance Rate
90%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorSieglinde Levery-Nicholas

School Notes

  • Founded in 1994, Puget Sound Community School (PSCS) is a Washington State approved independent middle and high school, located in the heart of downtown Seattle. PSCS was established on the belief that young people are curious and motivated by that which interests them most, that when provided a positive and supportive environment-along with a variety of classes and opportunities offered by interesting and passionate people-they will pursue challenging goals and work through obstacles with their peers and staff.
  • PSCS is committed to racial and socio-economic diversity and to students who don`t fit into the gender binary, students who have been bullied and stifled in other educational systems. We prioritize keeping kids in school who might not otherwise be able to afford (or even consider) independent education. We seek youth who will partner with us to build on our inclusiveness and embody our vision-to cultivate belonging, engagement, and learning grounded in diversity, empowerment, and empathy.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
5  
We absolutely love this school. Our daughter is very happy here after years of struggling to feel comfortable in a traditional school. She has found her peer group, is invited to pursue her passions (digital art), and is learning the key components to social justice, empathy, and kindness. The staff is fully committed to wholeness-based academics. The community is very engaging and active. The advisors work with each student individually to achieve their goals. Most of their graduates over the past 25 years have gone on to further education/university. They have a relatively new head of school who has brought in strategies and improvements that needed to be made heading into this next quarter of a century. I love their social justice focus and approve of their intentionality surrounding more focused academic goals. The student body is comprised of a variety of binary and non-binary genders and sexualities. The staff is the same and is also comprised of 50% teachers of color. I highly recommend this school to students who know the importance of social justice and environmental responsibility and whose learning goals root in their own passions.
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A small community school based on being kind and learning to love school--not just hoping to get through it.
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