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5-12
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Kirkland, WA
Students enrolled: 290
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10635 Northeast 38th Place
Kirkland, WA 98033

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(425) 822-5668
(425) 822-5648
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September 02, 2014
Great school! Our son loves it! The teachers are wonderful. The school is giving him opportunities and encouragement that he was not given in his previous high school.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2014
What an amazing school community. I have multiple children and the school and they are all very different people and Eastside Prep is able to give each of them what they need to be successful. The key to the school is the individualized attention they are able to give each student and the culture of kindness that transforms this old office park into a magical place. I am thankful to have found such a great school for my children and encourage anyone to ask any staff member or parent about the place. The community Eastside prep has created makes this a truly awesome place.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2014
I wish my kids weren't graduating from EPS quite just yet! I have twin boys who transferred to EPS from a large public public high school at the start of their sophomore year. One son wanted to come to EPS and the other one not so much, but as parents we were disenchanted with the public school system's approach of one teaching style fits all learners and felt a change was necessary. From the onset of their first trimester all of us were impressed and delighted by the faculty's ability to access each of our sons individual learning styles and to meet them with instruction that they could best use to advance academically and personally. They both now have been accepted to impressive private colleges for next year and my only regret is that we did not find EPS sooner in their academic journey as their success and personal confidence has blossomed in this nurturing and academically challenging setting. They both recognize the many academic advantages they've been giving by being able to attend EPS.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2014
From a current student, Eastside Preparatory School is a fantastic school. It was nearly six years ago when I had moved to the Seattle Area and I had the opportunity to choose my, at the time, future middle and high school education out of a large variety of Seattle Independent Schools. I visited numerous schools and met with many students and staff; but when it came time for my initial decision, I knew that EPS was where I wanted to go. And I say happily today having spent the past six years there, I am well beyond satisfied I made that decision. EPS offers the student more than just a education. At EPS, you build true character. Beyond the traditional things you learn in subjects like History, Math, or Spanish - at EPS you also learn what really matters in life; how to be an individual, a collaborator, and a leader. The tough thing about being a current junior at Eastside Prep is that I am having to make decisions on where I am going to college. And it's tough because I know I am not going to find an environment as good as this. But I know one thing moving on; that I made the right decision six years ago, and I hope other interested families and students do to.

- submitted by a community member
March 18, 2014
I am a student here at EPS who started as a freshman and love it. I love how close knit of a community Eastside Prep is because you really get to know the people you go to school with. I also like how friendly everyone is, in just a few days it's hard to tell who is new and who is returning because everyone makes the new kids feel at home and welcomed. The staff members and teachers are also fantastic. All the teachers are super willing and even encourage meeting with them outside of class to get help if you are struggling, clarify and questions you have, go further into the subject if you need a challenge, or even just to hang out. All the staff members at Eastside Prep take the time to learn the names of everyone in the school. Plus the student teacher relationships are great. I can go to a teacher for almost anything, and they take time to get to know you on a personal level, many of the teachers even know things like who's dating who and things like that. Overall this is a great school that has something for everyone from the drama kids to the math lovers to the artistic ones, I would highly recommend coming here. I have enjoyed my time at EPS and I think you will as well.

- submitted by a community member
February 18, 2013
"We are committed to having your son walk on our stage for graduation. We will help you get him there!" These words were spoken to me by one of the faculty/staff members of Eastside Preparatory School, and this statement embodies what this school is all about: Commitment to the education of a child AND a respectful partnership with the parents. In addition to this, the quality of the educational experience for each grade level is beyond compare. The teaching faculty are highly skilled in their subjects, and they also have an uncanny way of connecting to the children they teach. They all garner respect from the kids through their infectious enthusiasm for the subject matter and their devotion to the school. This devotion is no doubt due to the extraordinary vision of the Head of School, Dr. Macaluso. She is sharp and is a true visionary in the field of education. We are very fortunate to have this caliber of a school in this area. My eighth grade son won't consider going anywhere else because he also sees himself graduating on EPS's stage--and thank goodness for that!!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2013
Eastside Prep is a remarkable school. The low teacher-student ratio and small class sizes ensure that teachers know their students well, understand their learning styles, and work closely with them to meet their needs. Students are encouraged to advocate for themselves, and teachers are available and willing to meet with students before, during or after school. Lines of communication are equally open for parents, and the head of school meets regularly with parents to listen and respond to any concerns. It is clear that faculty and staff feel genuine enthusiasm for the school. They love their jobs and love being there; no one is just going through the motions. It's great to know that my child is the hands of people who truly like and care about what they re doing. My eighth-grade son doesn t love school, but he loves his school. He d much prefer to spend his days playing video games. But as long as he has to go to school, he absolutely wants to go to EPS. He has no interest in looking at other schools for high school, and neither do his parents. Eastside Prep is the best and only school for us.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2011
As a student of EPS, I feel like I couldn't be at a better place. Before becoming a part of the school community I attended a well known private school in Seattle. The reason I left the school after three years was because this school has lost its traditional model and spark. Eastside Preparatory School shows its school model right when you enter the doors. All the faculty, staff, and students care and respect each other no matter everyone's differences. Not only is the school's environment excellent but, the classes are both academically intriguing but challenging (and use technology to the fullest). Recent graduates have gone to numerous fantastic liberal arts school and IVY league schools. Only a school with a little bit more than 200 students, it's a school like no other. I personally think that this school is the best in Washington state because no other would all supply you with the education, small and loving community, and environment that this school contains.

- submitted by a community member
March 25, 2011
A gem of a school tucked in between Kirkland and Bellevue, just off the freeway. I am impressed with the dedication of the teaching staff, the customization for individual students learning needs and styles, and the community support for creating a better world. They really live the mission of this place...based on my four years as a parent of a student there!

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2011
I looked all over the nation for a school such as EPS. Not realizing this perfect school was in my own back yard. This school provides an environment that is scholastically challenging yet, unlike other college prep schools, devoid of high pressure and competition amongst the students. The student, parent, and faculty community are involved, supportive and kind. They are also good people desirous of making healthy choices. I would not consider any other school in the Puget Sound Region for my bright and healthy son. As a comparative, I would suggest this school is on equal footing to the Thacher School, a boarding school in Ojai, Ca. Nothing else compares!!

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2011
This school is a fantastic place to work! Great colleagues, students, and strong community atmosphere.

- submitted by a teacher
March 03, 2011
The attention given to individual students at Eastside Prep is remarkable. I have never worked in a school like this and never want to leave!

- submitted by a teacher
October 17, 2010
Words can't even begin to express by gratitude to the faculty and staff of Eastside Prep. My daughter began in 7th grade and now is a senior. My son started in 6th grade and now is a freshman. I am truly convinced that both of my kids are excelling in school and in life because of the enriching environment that this school has provided. The kids at this school are learning from experience. They are truly interested in the subjects they are being taught. I can tell from the highly intelligent debates that occur around our dinner table, that the education that they are receiving is engaging and inspiring. The teachers and staff truly KNOW who your child is, what their interests are, and what their strengths are. Each child is accepted and encouraged. Sincerely, Jennifer Washburn (proud mother).

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2010
My daughter is in her third year at Eastside. It has been excellent for her and she loves it. The teachers are for the most part fantastic, knowing each kid and really caring that the school excels. The middle school head is amazing, he knows all the kids and knows where mine is doing well and not so well. Downside would be the size so there arent that many kids in sports.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2010
My son is a senior and entered as a 6th grader. His two older siblings had attended another well-respected private school on the Eastside; but after visiting an open house, he decided -- and we agreed -- that EPS was the right place for him. Six years later, we're all very happy with that decision. If you're looking for a school with an up-to-date and individualized curriculum; excellent, dedicated teachers; accessible, effective administrators; an involved group of parents; and a fun, diverse group of students -- this is the place!

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
We are big fans of EPS. We have been with school for five years now and have two children in the upper school. Recently, we moved our daughter from another highly regarded east side independent school to EPS and she couldn t be happier. EPS provides the right amount of structure to get the kids headed in the right direction, while also having the flexibility to treat each student as an individual. EPS has students that can get perfect scores on SATs, as well as those that have to work really hard to keep up with college prep curriculum. With small class sizes, the teachers and students are able to establish great working relationships. Finally, the school provides great opportunities for students to get involved in extracurricular activities such as varsity volleyball, crew, or with plays and musicals.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2009
I thought I should put a review in for Eastside Prep since my soon to be ninth grader can't wait to go back next week. They seem dedicated to both academic rigor AND a committment to reaching every child in a way that is much more enjoyable. This school is very responsive to the needs of both students and parents. My son is happy, and his dad and I are happy. It's expensive, but having experienced Public K-12 in three different top public schools districts with my other child, I know that EPS is worth every cent. I'm investing in my son's future. The difference in quality between our public school experiences and EPS is huge. I haven't had kids at any other Seattle area private school, but I would be surprised if any were as open, flexible, and vibrant as this newer one.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2009
My son has just completed his 5th year at Eastside Prep. He made the decision not to remain in the public school or to follow his siblings into another private school. It was the best decision he could have made. If you are looking for something other than the cookie cutter education offered in the public schools; if you expect a responsive caring, and effective administration and faculty; and if your student is curious and ready to learn, then take a serious look at all that EPS has to offer.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2009
Eastside Prep provides my son with a challenging academic program that is also highly supportive of his emotional needs. We could not imagine a better learning environment for him.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2008
Our son started at Eastside Prep this year, and we couldn't be happier. This is a school with the best of many worlds: teachers and administrators with longstanding experience in the area of independent education, brought together into a community with a fresh, energetic approach to learning. This school puts into action what many other local private schools speak to only in brochures. At Eastside Prep, there truly is a multidisciplinary, experiential approach to learning. The faculty is absolutely dedicated to ensuring that each student is engaged with school and learning academic material in meaningful and enduring ways.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 02, 2008
I am very pleased with Eastside Prep. My son has been a student here since sixth grade. He is now entering ninth grade. He is thriving in the small classes and loves the class trips, clubs and newly established summer programs. Eastside Prep is a great environment for learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 18, 2008
I really like this school for my daughter. She has been here since 6th grade. She feels very safe here and I see her trying new things because she is not afraid the other kids or teachers will laugh at her failure. She is doing well academically. She has made some really nice friends. She is doing some extra curricular activities. She loves the class trips. I know she would be lost at a large public school. Here she is a leader.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2008
I have a child who has been at EPS for one year. There were other choices - more established schools in Seattle, but my child chose this school because it felt like the right match. It was a great choice. I am confident that despite its newness, this school rates with any of the top private city schools. Yet because it is up and coming, there is energy, motivation, and openness with which a highly established school would find it impossible to compete. The teachers have superb backgrounds - highly able educators were probably naturally attracted to a new, innovative institution. The student body seems to have a nice feel to it. Lots of commeraderie, yet no visible cliques that I can see. The kids appear to feel safe about being themselves. Pretty refreshing for this age group.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2008
We have two kids at Eastside prep, who are very different. The school has helped each of our children succeed in very different ways, which is indicative of the overall approach and quality of the education they provide. Here's a recent experience we had. At the beginning of 07/08 school year, our daughter was having a tough time in 8th grade science. She was losing confidence and definitely not interested, nearly failing a few tests. We had several conversations with her advisor and with the teacher about how we could help her, and how the school could engage her more effectively. To make a long story short, she finished the year energized about science and with a very good final grade! The community involvement at the school is also excellent. We could not be more pleased with how the school operates, delivering a great education to kids at all levels.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2008
I have two kids at Eastside Prep. They are very different and they are both flourishing. They are challenged academically. The teachers take the time to work with them to keep them challenged. One child has some learning issues and the teachers have been great with accommodations. As other reviews point out, the school is still growing. But we like that it is taking a new approach to learning and teaching that is focused on teaching thinking skills and not just memorizing a lot of things kids can find on the internet in a few minutes anyway. The location is also very convenient. Right now our oldest is going through college selection process and the one-on-one college counseling has been incredible.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2008
We've been at Eastside Prep for four years. It's a small, private school in Kirkland. The teachers and administration are great and the curriculum is challenging. As a new school (5 years old) it's still growing and changing. If you're looking for an established school with years of tradition EPS won't be for you. If you're looking for a school open to new ideas where each student has a chance to make an impact then take a look at EPS. Yes, it's costly like any private school in the area but it's something different and new, open minded, engaging and always challenging.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
April 25, 2008
The school is definetly improving, but for the current expensive price tag and average academics, your child would benefit more at a more developed private school or even the local public schools.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2008
My child applied here, and got accepted. The funny thing is that he applied in August and immediatly accepted him. Showing their desparate need of students. Like most private schools that try to have a better academic program than the public schools or even some of the more well-known private schools in Seattle, Eastside Preparatory falls a short. The education is not that much different from the best public schools in that area. If you are thinking of sending your child here, you need visit the school with your child and really evaluate it there.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2008
I have mixed feelings about this school. While some of their ideas might be great, the implementation isn't always as wonderful. Also, it seems to be hit or miss as to whether your child will be placed with a quality, experienced teacher or one not quite so talented. Are there truly talented staff members who really care about your kid? Yes. Are all of them of as high a caliber? Sadly, no. Some school policies are adhered to regularly, some are not, and some only appear to apply to some of the students. Overall, there is no difference between this school and an average public school, except for the $20,000+ price tag.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2007
This is an up and coming school on Seattle's east side. Although fairly new it's success is due to the fact that it is well run and has a great administrative and teaching staff. Eastside Prep offers a high quality education delivered via a challenging and innovative curriculum. Small class sizes and individual attention are a big plus.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2007
The classes are strong and the teachers are first class. The learning environment encourages the best from the kids.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2005
This is a challenging school where each child is treated as an individual. I am greatly impressed with how well the administration, teachers and parents have been working together to create a wonderful environment for learning. My son is doing very well and is very happy there.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2005
At Eastside Prep with a low student population it is assured that each student gets the attention he or she needs. The curriculum is quite challenging and is centered around a big question. I have been here for 2 years and am loving it! I have made so many friends and have learned a lot. Please send your child to Eastside Prep for a better education, and we promise you won't be sorry! Anonymous Current Student

- submitted by a student
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We are a new school with an innovative focus on thinking, individualized attention, and integrated learning. Yearly class trip for each grade. Examples from 2006-07: 6th grade- sailing/science projects in Puget Sound; 7th grade- Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, OR; 8th grade- Outward Bound Whitewater Rafting/Rock Climbing; 9th and 10th grade-service projects in Costa Rica.

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Eastside Preparatory School
10635 Northeast 38th Place, Kirkland, WA  98033
(425) 822-5668
Last modified Eastside Preparatory School is a Private school that serves grades 5-12
Eastside Preparatory School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top