The Gardner School of Arts & Sciences
- The mission of the Gardner School is to inspire its community to actively seek knowledge and understanding, think independently, reason critically and embrace challenge.
- Teaching to the uniqueness of each mind we focus on the process of learning and value the exchange of ideas through collaborative work.
- While building a knowledge of self and awareness of our connection to other communities, we develop responsibility for earth and humanity.
|School Type||School with Special Program Emphasis|
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||NWAIS (Northwest Association of Independent Schools|
|Grades Offered||Grades Prekindergarten-8|
|Summer School Offered||Yes|
|Summer Program Cost Notes||Camps range from $200 / week for 1/2 day to $300 / week for full day|
|Total Students||123 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 23%
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||16 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||8:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||9 students|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||None / Rolling|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$18,550|
|Tuition Notes||Tuition costs range from $4700 (2 day preschool) to $18500 (grades 1-8).|
|Admissions Director||Emily Davis|
- You treasure your child's uniqueness. So does The Gardner School! Whether your child is a reader, a talker, a mover and shaker, a math whiz, a musician, a doodler, a deep thinker, a nature lover, or a combination-we have the methods that will foster critical thinking, self-confidence and mastery. Those methods are informed by the work of Dr. Howard Gardner, recognized world wide for his pioneering Theory of Multiple Intelligences which defines eight intelligences: Verbal/Linguistic, Interpersonal, Bodily/Kinesthetic, Logical/Mathematical, Musical, Visual/Spatial, Intrapersonal, and Naturalist. Gardner School students learn how they learn and identify and use their strengths to be able problem solvers. The Gardner School builds skills in all the intelligences in progressive multi-level classes. We combine a traditional curriculum based on state and national benchmarks with art, music, foreign language and physical education to develop your whole child for a successful and happy future. Come Explore The Gardner School-a different school of thought.
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- School Location Miles Grades Students
- Vancouver Grades: PK-6 | 55 students
5001 Ne 66th Ave
Vancouver, WA 98661
(360)696-4862 5.7 PK-6
- Vancouver Grades: NS-8
10818 NE 117th Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98662
(360)256-9715 4.4 NS-8
This school is in trouble. Due to poor leadership in both administration- head of school, and the board of directors a majority of students, parents and teachers have left the school. The board offered no communication or collaboration with the parents or teachers. There are no checks and balances to reign in the out of control situation. This has made the school go from the most enrolled students ever (in 2019) to a question of if enough will return to pay the replacement teachers. The lack of practicing what they are supposedly teaching the students undermines any credibility, (communication, collaboration, ethics and morals). Most of the teachers did not have their contract renewed or resigned. The long term staff that made the school what it was are now gone. The office administrator, recruiter, and teachers made up of 13 staff - 10 of which had 3-20 years of experience. Of the 8 staff still working 6 are teachers with less than 3 years of experience in a private school setting. Add to this the impact of going from 120 students to estimates ranging around 20 -30 shows the justified outcry against the recent school actions. Most of the financial supporters, parents and volunteers have left. If the school is able to be financially viable in the next year, it will only be due to a few board members subsidizing the school in a vain attempt to justify their actions. The quality of education that can be produced under these extreme circumstances is certainly suspect.
- Posted by Parent - PT
Our son is currently finishing 5th grade at The Gardner School, and has been attending there since 2012 when he entered 1st grade. While reflecting on our experiences there, three main areas come to mind:First, the community at Gardner is unparalleled. I remember back to when we first toured, and were told, "All the teachers know all the kids, and all the kids know each other." I recall thinking to myself, "Yeah, okay, sure... how is that possible?" But it's true! The community at Gardner is so incredible, and the kids really DO know each other and the teachers really DO know all the kids. It's an amazing and supportive community.Second, the focus on experiential and individualized learning is one of the main reasons we initially chose Gardner. The kids do not sit at a desk all day, they do not focus on regurgitating information to complete standardized tests. Instead, they focus on integrating information across disciplines while exploring their campus and their community. For example, this year my son's class was studying biology... the parts of a cell, mitosis, etc. As a part of this unit of study, they painted a type of virus/bacteria in art, wrote a song about the parts of a cell and played instruments along with the music, and created an animated video about the parts of a cell, all while still focusing on the nitty gritty learning.... Art, music, technology all integrated into what could have been simply a basic 5th grade topic of biology!Third, Gardner offers so much more than just classroom instruction. They play outside... in the rain... and will come home with paint on their pants and mud on their shoes... like EVERY child should. They have "buddies" that are older and/or younger than themselves. They go on field trips to complement their classroom experiences. They learn about what it means to create a business and the importance of philanthropy through an annual Gardner Market. They work with clay and oil paints, learn to play xylophones and ukuleles, sing songs in Spanish, and use technology to do video creation and editing. They have a garden where they grow vegetables, and even have an enclosed beehive in one classroom where the children can safely watch the hive activity through a windowed barrier while the bees have full access to the outdoors. It's so much more than just elementary school curriculum. Simply stated, The Gardner School is a very special place.
- Posted by Parent - Rk
After having toured many, many schools in Portland, we happened upon The Gardner School. Upon visiting, we immediately felt this was an amazing environment and the perfect school and community for our son. He has just finished kindergarten and has had a wonderful year! The small class size ensures that each student is met and challenged right where they are academically. His teacher and the classroom assistants have fostered a great sense of confidence in our son and he is so proud of his accomplishments this year. We also love that our son is already learning Spanish without the pressure of attending a complete immersion program. The art, music and P.E. programs are absolutely top-notch and the beautiful campus is perfect for hands on and outdoor learning. The Gardner School parents and faculty also work to cultivate a spirit of caring and empathy for others - 8th graders are paired with kindergarteners (and are often found voluntarily playing with their buddies at recess even when not doing a specific buddy program activity!), the students create blessing bags for those in need, and an annual student-run market is held (also a great opportunity to encourage entrepreneurship skills!) to raise money for local charities. Gardner is really a magical place - pulling up each day and watching my son jump out eager to start his school day brings me great joy! We are excited for our daughter to also attend next year!
- Posted by Parent - JB, Portland, OR
This is my daughter's second year at Gardner, and it's been incredible. The staff are so focused on the students. They all know my daughter by name, even teachers of the older kids who would never cross over in a regular school. My daughter is very bright. Gardner's innovative teaching methods allow her to spend time with peers her own age while keeping her challenged in different ways. The thing I love best is how open the staff are. You can (and I have) go to anyone for help, even with silly parenting questions. They really care about the children. They want them to succeed and feel good about it. If your child needs extra help in one subject, they can teach to that. If your child is above her grade in another, they can teach to that, too. They have prepared curriculum through grade 12, so overachievers will always given every opportunity to stay challenged. It's also worth mentioning that kids in all grades from preK to 8th grade have music, PE, and Spanish regularly.
- Posted by Parent - Paste
Simply an incredible learning environment! We have been blown away by the experience we've had at Gardner. The administration, teachers and student/parent community are top-notch. We have done a lot of reading about effective teaching methodologies - free play, in-depth learning of fewer subjects vs. superficially learning many subjects in order to pass standardized tests. This school focuses on how to learn and gives each and every child a true thirst for knowledge. It's important to know that this is not a school full of kids from privileged families - it's just a community of like-minded parents that work hard and sacrifice for a unique experience for their child/children.
- Posted by Parent - micha
Our son will finish 8th grade this year, after having the good fortune of attending 4 1/2 years at the Gardner School. We have been very happy about his experience at this wonderful school. The teachers are the best; they are creative, caring and they engage their students in learning about the world and themselves. They are true educators, in that they foster the strengths and gifts of each student. I love that students at Gardner spend so much time outdoors and have a chance for physical activity. They also spend quality time relating to each other, with the older kids acting as buddies to the younger ones. From attending Shakespeare plays in Ashland to spending a week studying civil rights in Alabama, we have watched our son has grow and mature. Students are asked to learn in so many different ways: projects, productions, discussions, field trips, and collaborations. The academics are integrated with music, art, spanish and p.e. My son's skills have been nurtured and honed so that he will be ready for high school, both academically and most importantly to us in his self-confidence, his empathy and his character. We attribute his development to the conscious efforts of the faculty and the caring community that is the school's culture. I wish everyone's children could come to the Gardner School. It has been worth all of our efforts and sacrifices. We will be sad to leave!
- Posted by Parent - srd2