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Bellevue, WA
Students enrolled: 160
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2812 116th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

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(425) 827-8708
(425) 827-3814
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April 24, 2014
The Little School, 2812 - 116 Avenue NE Bellevue,WA.98004. The Little School is a great place for a child to learn and grow It has a well rounded curriculum which life skills, art and nature and the environment. I am so happy to that my grandchild attends this school.

- submitted by a community member
March 07, 2014
I cannot say enough great things about this school. My son went to The Little School from age 4 to age 11. He is now in middle school, thriving, successful, and more than adequately prepared by The Little School. Not only is he doing well in his classes, but he is a compassionate, confident, adaptable, community and service-oriented kid -- which may be unusual for typical middle schoolers, but not at all unusual for Little School alums. Careful not to be swayed by negative comments listed in the Feb 15 "The School Has An Interesting " post. Do your homework and shop around for the right school. If you do choose The Little School, there is a high probability you will love it! No really! Something like 95% of parents are highly satisfied with their experience year after year! It is a school and community like no other in the area.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2014
The Little School is beyond outstanding. Our daughter has attended The Little School for 6 years (is now 11 years old), and we could not be happier with her education or the school's learning environment. Every teacher is incredibly strong and supportive, and the school fosters a tremendous sense of confidence, community, and caring within the students. There is meaning and purpose in the curriculum, and our daughter has learned so much - not only the basics in math, science, literature - but also about the world, environment, communities, and responsibility. The Little School encourages independent thought and discussion among students, which has led our daughter to a love of school and passion for learning. Our daughter has not wanted to miss a single day of school since she started. We could not have asked for a better foundation for our daughter's growth, education, and development. She will go on to be incredibly successful in middle school and beyond, thanks to The Little School.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2014
Our four children have attended The Little School for the past seven years. The primary reason we send them to TLS is for the amazing education that they receive there. Although the school s educational approach can feel different from what people often think of as traditionally academic, we have seen first-hand how the school s thoughtful, research-based approach to education helps each of our children excel. The students at TLS are not pressured to perform according to a particular standard, but rather are encouraged to explore and learn to the best of their ability in pursuit of their passions. Everyone develops at different paces and has different strengths and weaknesses, and TLS does a great job making this diversity an asset in the educational process. TLS students learn how to learn, how to put things together, how to understand language, how to think about math and numbers, how to answer their own questions, how to get along with other people, and how the physical world works. My children are intrinsically motivated and well prepared for a lifetime of learning.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2013
We could not have found a better school than The Little School for our children s elementary education. During our initial tour of TLS we saw how engaged the kids were in each classroom and felt their excitement for learning. When our kids began at The Little School, we were welcomed warmly into the community and encouraged right from the start to be a part of our children s education. We are impressed with the academics and especially the teachers abilities to allow each child to work at his/her appropriate level. We have found that the children work at or above traditional grade level in a very supportive, encouraging environment. The school strives to build bonds between students of all levels and encourages leadership. My children love to go to school, actively seek out knowledge, and are proud of their learning. Everything from the staff, grounds, and extra programs (art, music, Spanish, library, movement, etc.) are thoughtfully put in place to form a wonderful, cohesive learning experience. It s not necessary to have standardized testing to see that the children at The Little School are capable confident learners who are well prepared for future success.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2013
We pulled our daughter out of another private school to attend The LIttle School and we could not be more pleased. The teachers are kind and nurturing and take the time to get to know the children. The small class size help the teachers to focus more on each child and their style of learning. The campus is beautiful and well taken care of. The leader of the school is involved in every aspect of the school from directing traffic to sitting in the classes with the kids. I would highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
My family has been involved with The Little School for 13 years and I can t say enough about how happy we ve been with the entire school experience. My kids (one who is now in high school, the other who is in his 7th year there) are very different, and both have had amazing experiences. The academic learning and teachers are phenomenal they not only learn the skills they need to succeed in middle school and beyond, but do so in an experiential way that is meaningful and FUN! The social and emotional skills they learn everyday are essential not only for success in school and career, but also for living a productive life. They are part of a caring community and get to go to school in an incredible natural environment I don t know of any school that has such amazing outdoor space where children can run, play and learn as much in their outdoor classroom as indoors. Spanish, Art, Music, Movement and Library are great supplements to the basic program. If you want your children to jump up out of bed and head for school excited and challenged everyday, go check out TLS!

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2013
Our daughter began at TLS in 3rd grade and (despite being shy), she made deep friends right away and the community was very inviting to her and our family. Her peers are sweet, intelligent, funny and every day she can't wait to go to school. Her teacher knows exactly how to motivate her students, and balances providing challenging work with compassion each day. When we began, so did a new Head of School and he's made fantastic changes. He respects the students, parents and teachers more than I can express. Our daughter's comment her first week was-- "Picture children as plants. At my old school, they would force bright lights on you and dump buckets of water trying to make you grow faster. At TLS, they let you grow. THEY LET YOU GROW, Mom." You might be asking yourself, how can students graduate from here and compete with rigorous elementary schools for competitive private middle school slots. Well they do! Our daughter got into the school of her choice as did all the kids. During this year and the previous year, students got accepted to Lakeside, Overlake, U. Prep, Eastside Prep, SAAS, and many more. Middle schools love TLS kids as they can think for themselves.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2013
I attended The Little School for seven years, and it shaped my life for the better. Most of my college friends have strong negative memories of elementary school: bullying, tests, boring recess, mean teachers. But all my memories are good. At TLS, even the class "bullies" were our friends: the teachers dealt well with kids who picked on others; no one lost self-esteem. We never took tests: we simply studied our material until we learned it, and weren't punished for learning slowly. Twice a day, at recess, we were free to exercise our imaginations on TLS's vast forest campus. My best friend and I always pretended to be horses, and we published stories about our adventures in the school library! The teachers were our friends: they talked to us as equals, and we helped develop the curriculum. My childhood at TLS was idyllic, and because my first school experience was so good, I've continued to love school and independent learning. Some worry that a TLS education isn't academically rigorous enough. Take it from a national merit finalist and University of Chicago student it s not rigor that makes academic success. It s love of learning. And love of learning is at the heart of TLS.

- submitted by a community member
February 08, 2013
I d highly recommend The Little School (TLS) where our son loves attending. Their philosophy of creating a love for learning and setting kids up for success in LIFE is seen in every interaction with the teachers and staff. Teachers are empowered & LOVE their jobs, and the kids love learning through experiences. It s obvious how much the kids love going to school there & how they flourish. TLS isn t like a typical school in that they don t have set seats for each student where they are expected to sit and listen to a teacher lecture them most of the day. Instead, they have 1-2 tables in the room where kids sit with each other and experience learning through doing activities and working together, rather than being lectured. This, in my opinion, is the best way to truly learn and understand something it also dramatically increases the chances you will retain it. TLS s approach is to create a partnership between the kids and adults, not having the adult being a dominating authority figure. They teach kids how to function successfully in society & life, not just memorize information. Every touch point I have had has proven that they truly live the values they say they have.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2012
Things we appreciate about TLS include: - The awesome teachers. - The small class sizes. - The child-directed curriculum. - The emphasis on critical thinking and research skills. - The true respect for a diversity of learning styles. - The active, involved, and at times boisterous classrooms. - The emphasis on outdoor activity. We chose TLS because it helps our children excel academically. At TLS they learn how to learn, how to put things together, how to understand language, how to think about math and numbers, how to answer their own questions, how to get along with other people, and how the physical world works. My children are intrinsically motivated and well prepared for a lifetime of learning. The school's approach can make some parents uncomfortable because it emphasizes skills that are not easy to measure. The school focuses on the fundamental skills necessary for reasoning and communicating, versus more visible, superficial skills that are easy to test and demonstrate. But I have consistently found that when one of my children is ready to pick up a demonstrable skill, he is well prepared by TLS to do so quickly and enthusiastically.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2011
This is a fantastic school. Small class size, progressive education, excellent teachers, and a beautiful campus! Our son is thriving, learning, growing and has wonderful confidence. I would highly recommend this school to anyone who wants there children to love to learn and wants a school who cares about the whole child too!

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2011
This school would not be a good choice if your student is entering the upper grades. Most students have been together since Pre-K and have established a bond within their social group and are not good about letting new students into their social world. It's very sad on many levels because I think this could have been a good school since the school incorporates some fun learning activities, however, the social experience was extremely damaging. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed the way the teacher handled conflicts within her classroom. The new "head of school" is a great asset to the school that I know will make some necessary changes to make it a more welcoming environment for new students entering upper grades. I think this would be a great choice for the lower grades but definitely not in the upper grades especially if your child has difficult making friends.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2010
My son just left The Little School after 7 years. I am thrilled that we stayed at the school from the time my son was 4 until he turned 11. The amazing teachers at The Little School were able to instill a love of learning and to help my son learn to be his own person. We have moved on to a public middle school and my son's grades have been great and his transition to the change in environment and academics has been very smooth. Our family will always be grateful to The Little School and the amazing teachers there.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2010
This school was terrific socially and physically, it's in a beautiful location and the children are taught to be compassionate and kind. Academically, it was beyond poor. My child didn't suffer much in middle school as a result of the lack of academics, but only because he was already an avid reader and wrote well. I would recommend this school to parents of children who are not doing well socially in public school. Of course, this means a (small) classroom of mostly social misfits, but the teachers seem to be able to handle that aspect. If you're wealthy and can supplement your child's education with tutoring, it might also be a good choice. Otherwise, unless your child is bright, doesn't mind the lack of academic challenge, and struggles socially in public school, there are much better choices out there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 26, 2010
A school with heart. Teachers have a deep knowledge of child development. Rich and vibrant curriculum. Beautiful wooded campus where kids can get dirty and discover the natural world around them. A wonderful community of learners. What more could you want for your child?

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2010
Our son is in his 3rd year at The Little School. And every year it gets better. Now, there is a new principal and she is making it an even better place to grow. The teaching staff is amazing and experienced, allowing each student the ability to create their own experience. While guiding them to academic benchmarks. The Art Program here is incredible. The small school atmosphere, nestled in an amazing natural environment allows for a unique educational experience. Unbounded by mindless droning of trivial data, children are allowed to learn math, reading and writing through experiences and not lectures. Truly refreshing and engaging.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2009
My daughter attended TLS from K-5 & is now in a highly academic & rigorous middle school program. She is excelling there in many specific ways that I credit to TLS: her natural curiosity & love of learning were nurtured & are serving her well now she's in 7th grade; she was supported in working independently on projects that required her to be self-motivated and self-regulating; & she was given many opportunities to stretch herself as a public speaker and self-starter (perceiving a need or having an interest & being allowed to run with it). As the daughter of an academic & someone with two graduate degrees who spent several years teaching undergrads, I was looking for an elementary school that would keep alive the skills necessary to succeed in higher education and real life: self-regulation, self-motivation & an intrinsic love of learning. We found that at TLS.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
My daughter moved to the Little School this year, and it has completely changed her attitude toward school. She quickly developed confidence and enthusiasm toward school, which she did not have at her previous school. The staff are wonderful, class ratios are small (2 teachers for 16 students), and the other parents are friendly and welcoming.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2009
My child went to TLS for the upper grade levels (though there are no grades per se) after a frustrating public school experience. How refreshing to find 'the most awesome school on the planet' according to my daughter. Her love of learning was revived. The small class sizes enabled her to receive individualized attention from her teachers and the woods/campus are breathtaking and foster an appreciation for nature. My child made great friends. She is excited about her next school but she misses TLS so much.

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May 25, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2009
The Little School has been an amazing place for both my children. It is not for everyone but if your child does best with small classes and teachers who treat their ideas with respect rather than sitting at a desk doing a bunch of worksheets, it's worth checking out!

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2009
My children attended this school for two. It's an excellent school for preschool. But not for elementary school or you will end investing high cost in tutoring

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March 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2009
Great for Preschool, but not beyond that. There is little structure or in depth teaching of the basics such as reading, writing and math. Although many don't admit it, a large portion of parents here supplement their child's education with outside tutoring. Some children thrive here, but often those children would thrive in any environment. Often parents have not found out until they leave that their children are struggling academically. The school talks about their emphasis on social aspects which is great, but it doesn't need to come at the expense of learning the basics which it does. We aren't a family who what are children to be pushed excessively academically. We want an environment where there is a healthy balance. This is not it.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2009
I couldn't be happier with a school than I am with The Little School. I enjoy the school's focus on social development, and have consistently been impressed with how my children's teachers are able to take advantage of child-directed educational opportunites as they arise.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2008
I am the parent of a Little School alum and will be eternally grateful for the care and education my daughter receive from ages 3 to 12. They prepared her academically to become an honor student, receive scholarships, and excel all the way through Gonzaga and Seattle Universities. TLS fostered the highest ideals, tended to her individual needs, and understood her family stress and dynamics. I could not be more proud of her as the strong, intelligent, principled and caring, achieving woman she is today. She is without question a product of the years she spent in the arms of The Little School. I was a single mom not knowing how I could afford the tuition despite financial aide but month by month, year by year it happened. With a gigantic leap of faith those dollars became the investment I ever made.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2008
We have two children who have started at The Little School this year. We could not be happier. This is a school which respects children, builds a foundationof curiosity and love of learning, and incorporates educational research with emergent curricula to provide truly engaging and effective teaching methods. The faculty are absolutely wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2008
All 3 of my children have different learning styles and all 3 have attended The Little School with great success. It is a school where children can truly be themselves. My youngest is still there, and the older two went all the way through from ages 4 and 5 until they left for middle school. Both older kids made the transition easily, and I give lots of credit to The Little School for nurturing their self esteem, confidence, social kills, and critical thinking skills. And both of them still love to learn! The emergent curriculum at The Little School taught them to feel ownership for their educations, and to view teachers as partners, not directors, of the effort. And along with giving my children such an excellent, healthy start to their education, The Little School provided our whole family with a nurturing community. It has been worth every penny to

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2008
I'm delighted with the education my children are receiving at The Little School. They both have very different learning styles and this amazing school is able to adapt the curriculum to meet each of their needs. The forested campus is a great setting and the faculty is top-notch!

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2008
My child outgrew and she received a great education at TLS that nurtured her desire to learn and allowed her the freedom to grow at her own pace. They have a beautiful campus in which the children have the opportunity to explore and learn about the natural world. I couldn't be happier with the experience my kids have had at The Little School and the education they received. My child is now going to the private school at the top of our list for middle school and I feel will be fully prepared for the transition.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2008
In my opinion, this school is not worth the money. When my son outgrew, he was not prepared for the level of work at his next school. We spent several painful months trying to get him caught up.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2008
Fine place for pre-school. By the time you reach kindergarten, you should know that there is no curriculum--it sounds crazy, doesn't it? But it's true. As experienced teachers move from 'full day' to part-time, they are replaced by teachers (and in some cases just plain TAs) with little to no experience, which is a poor decision on the part of the administration, because this style of education needs experienced teachers. If you live on the Eastside, save yourself the cost of tuition and attend your public school by first grade.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2008
When you are told 'tuition doesn't cover the cost to fully educate your child', they mean it literally and many of the parents have the tutor bills to prove it. While I absolutely agree that children learn interpersonal skills and that teachers are trusted friends and resources, the holes in the academics are huge. This is beginning to change now, but it will be some time before it is implemented and tested.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2008
I am unhappy with the administration of this school. I often wonder if the school is fiscally responsible. I have to teach my child myself in some subjects, because the teacher doesn't return corrected homework assignment for weeks at a time. In my opinion, this is too long for my child to wait to receive feedback on an assignment. In addition, the teacher is there only part-time. The rest of the time, the class is taught by a TA. For $15K in tuition, I expected more. I expected a full-time teacher. What makes the situation truly outrageous, is that the administration is constantly asking for funds and reminding the parents how tuition doesn't cover the full cost of educating a student.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2008
As a former student of The Little School and current faculty member I value the deep level of respect that students experience. This is a direct result of the intimate relationships formed throughout the small community. Compassion is highly regarded as a form of intelligence and academically, children are externally supported and internally driven.

- submitted by a community member
January 29, 2008
We have two children at The Little School, both have attended since the age of 3. We researched many schools and are very pleased with the education our kids are receiving. Best of all, they both love coming to school and we are constantly amazed at the things they are learning! A wonderful, nurturing and well-rounded experience!

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2008
Te Little School is a place where the unique interst, abilities and challenges of each child are valued. We pay close attention to their emotional and intelectual growth as well as their differences, their culture, and celebrate the diversity they bring into our classroms. They start learning the Spanish Language and its culture as young as our 3 years old!

- submitted by a teacher
January 22, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 22, 2008
Our older daughter attended TLS from age 5 to 12, our younger has been there from age 4 to 10. Little School's greatest strengths: music (weekly sing-alongs), the outdoors (the woods on campus and all the hours they spend exploring them), small class sizes and personalized attention, their encouragement of creativity and imagination, their attention to the emotional and social needs of the kids, and their focus on keeping kids excited about learning by allowing them to pursue projects they have a passion for. They do not spend a lot of time on drilling kids on basic facts, or on busywork. But, if you've got a bright kid who is motivated to learn, they'll do fine. My older daughter is now at an academically rigorous middle school, consistently getting A's with the occasional B, and does very well on standardized tests. And she loves school and loves learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2007
After 6 years at the Little School (kinder-5th) I think it is best suited for families who: a) wish to avoid the test-driven curriculum that dominates many public school districts; b) seek a schooling environment in which the really difficult questions surrounding diversity and community are tackled head on and with great honesty; c) value all types of intelligence (embracing diversity of 'intellectual ability and learning style' is part of the school's basic philosophy, unlike many academically-exclusive private schools); d) want their children to develop higher level critical thinking and research skills as well as cultivate independent learning habits rather than simply being able to regurgitate isolated tidbits of knowledge. The Little School is not for everyone, but for our family and many others it is a real blessing.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2006
Terrific school for parents who want a 'whole child' approach. The early childhood program is especially wonderful. Amazing teachers, emergent curriculum, small classes so that teachers can tailor their approach to each child's strengths and needs.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2004
This is a good school for preschool age to pre-k(3 to 5 year olds) but education for older kids is not very academic. Yes, TLS has the hands-on approach but children still need to be taught to 'read'. For the money I rather send my children to my local public school.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2004
This school is good for preschool to pre-k age (3-5 year olds) but not for older children. Yes, TLC has the hands-on approach but children still need to be able to 'read'. There cannot be such a 'freedom' that phonics is not taught. A friend's daughter who attended TLC for 3 years is still behind in her second grade reading. And worst yet, some children at TLC has to enroll in additional tutoring courses. Rather than paying the big money for tution, I'm sending our chldren to our local public school.

- submitted by a parent
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Children learn best when their individual needs, skills and interests drive their learning. Our responsive instructional approach challenges students to grow intellectually, socially and emotionally with a developmentally appropriate framework. The Little School is a model for child-centered education that responds to individual developmental time tables and learning styles, nurtures the development of the whole child, and preserves and supports children’s natural sense of wonder and

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The Little School
2812 116th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA  98004
(425) 827-8708
Last modified The Little School is a Private school that serves grades PK-4
The Little School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top