Our Mission At The Valley School, we 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. Our Values Collaboration
Respect for individuality  Kindness  Creativity  Equity and Inclusion  Childhood

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked WA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-5
  • Enrollment: 114 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $28,585
  • Acceptance rate: 55%
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 13 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

The Valley School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Washington for:


School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-5
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
114 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade
The Valley School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
16 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 13 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Lora Kolmer


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
4 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Chess, Cross Country, Mandarin, Yoga

School Notes

  • The Valley School, a non-profit educational institution, was founded in 1985 by Patricia Overy and is fully accredited by the State of Washington. Within 10 years the school expanded from a one-room preschool of 18 children to a complete elementary school of over 100 children. The campus, located in the Madison Valley neighborhood of Seattle, occupies eight city lots with a large 20,000 sq. ft. playground connecting them. Care has always been taken to preserve and enhance the outdoor play spaces for children. Enrollment is currently approximately 117 children from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, a size that supports the child-centered learning environment. 
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does The Valley School cost?

The Valley School's tuition is approximately $28,585 for private students.

What is the acceptance rate of The Valley School?

The acceptance rate of The Valley School is 55%, which is lower than the national average of 85%. The Valley School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Washington with low acceptance rates.

What is The Valley School's ranking?

The Valley School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Washington for: Lowest average acceptance rates.

When is the application deadline for The Valley School?

The application deadline for The Valley School is Jan. 13 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 13 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

School Calendar

View the The Valley School yearly calendar below. Note key dates such as:

January 16, 2023 (Monday)
April 10, 2023 (Monday)
May 29, 2023 (Monday)
June 15, 2023 (Thursday)
June 19, 2023 (Monday)

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
We are so thankful to be a part of the amazing community at the Valley School. The families, teachers, administration and parents make a really special community. This school has an effective approach to homework.Homework is assigned beginning in 2-3rd grade and is based on each child's needs. This is an appropriate approach to homework that also preserves time for family time reading, talking and playing together while giving kids time to practice homework that will inevitably be routine in middle school.Teachers at this school are effective.The teachers form a tight community that truly care for and advocate for each child at the school. They are in constant communication with each other about each child. They are the real magic at the school.The current head of school, Alan, has tremendous experience, is very well respected by his peers and looks at his role as one of leadership and collaboration between himself, the teachers, the parents, the board of trustees and the students.This school develops strong character in its students, like integrity, compassion and respect.This is the main reason we selected this school. Their stated mission and practice is played out in real life at the school.
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I have two kids at the Valley School and they love it. The quality of the teaching is excellent, the campus is lovely, and the kids are encouraged to treat each other with respect, be curious learners, and become better citizens of the world. There's strong parental involvement and an assortment of afterschool activities. A great place!
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked WA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-5
  • Enrollment: 114 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $28,585
  • Acceptance rate: 55%
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 13 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Seattle, WA is $19,231 for elementary schools and $22,577 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Seattle, WA is 72% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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