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Silverwood School

Private | 1-6 | 56 students

Our school is best known as a place where children are challeged and cherished.
 
 

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $296,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,040.

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Posted April 19, 2014

This year was my daughter's first year at Silverwood and I have to say it has been a fabulous experience. The teachers make your child feel like part of their family, not just a number in a room. The individual attention to their rate of learning and understanding has been unparalleled. I am very happy with my decision to have my child go here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2014

Silverwood is a wonderful school where each child is seen as an individual with individual needs. They are able to differentiate the children from the struggles the children have & help them not only play to their strengths, but face their difficulties head on. This is done in a loving way without fear or judgment. I love the feeling of community and the fun activities they foster.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2014

SW Review I ve gone to Silverwood for almost five and a half years, five and a half years where I ve been constantly learning and having a lot of fun. It sounds to me like stereotypically, kids don t like school, but I feel the opposite about Silverwood. Its friendly teachers are people you can rely on for protection and support, and lessons are taught in interactive, easy-to-understand ways. Projects are fun and are full of choices, transforming what may have been a boring thousand- word essay on electrovalence into a colorful poster actually showing electrons orbiting multiple atoms. And I, a student of Silverwood, feel challenged and cherished every day. Five stars!


Posted March 14, 2014

As an Alumni of Silverwood School, I can look back on my experience here and I am thankful that I was able to attend such an amazing school in my elementary years. The teachers at Silverwood are amazing and take time on each student so that they can reach their full potential. Not only do they want us to succeed academically but they want us to want to do our best. Silverwood's teachers are loving, encouraging, and eventually they become like family. I loved this school, because it taught us everything we need to know and more, this school does not do the bare minimum. Silverwood strives to go above and beyond to give children the best educational and fun experience any student would want.


Posted March 14, 2014

I am an alumni and currently in my first year of college. Silverwood definately gave me the knowledge I needed to succeed.I felt very prepared going into middle school and was placed in many honors classes. I believe the smaller class size and individualized attention was key to receiving the wonderful education I got at Silverwood. When I think back to my days at Silverwood, I remember a lot of hands on activities, interesting projects and outdoors learning. The forest surrounding this school allows the students to experience a very unique play ground. I found the transition from a small private school to large public middle school fairly easy and found that in addition to being well prepared academically, I was able to branch out and socialize very easily. I would highly suggest Silverwood School to anyone who wants their children to get a fantasic education with some truly wonderful and passionate teachers.


Posted March 14, 2014

Silverwood school is cool. It is 1st through 6th grade. It has a wide range of subjects from math to art. Children have lots of fun at Silverwood with a 15 acre campus that provies a wonderful outdoor experience. Silverwood has the most wonderful teachers so the students get to have a fun learning experience. Silverwood, where children are challenged and cherished.


Posted March 14, 2014

Since first grade, the year of 2008-2009, I have been going to school at Silverwood. It is a great, caring, beautiful school. The school will challenge and cherish the children. Silverwood has great teachers, who are wonderful. From field trips to the sixth grade trip, all of them are fun. You can really build a strong character at Silverwood, along with many friends. The teachers will support you through everything going on. They're always caring, and they love the children unconditionally. You will find out how things work, and how to solve problems mentally, and in reality. I've had great experiences at SWS. It is an amazing school, that is really hard to leave. Children can really find themselves at SWS.


Posted March 14, 2014

I go to Silverwood School and I love it here because there are so many fun projects. For example, we have a Wax Museum where everybody picks a person, studies them and puts together a big beautiful display and gives a speech about them! Also the feild trips are fun and you learn from them. When we went to Mt St Helens, we were studying volcanoes so we understood it much better. Also the teachers took pictures and after that we made scrapbooks for memories. The teachers make things fun. I love math because it is more than 2+2=? good job. They explain it like 2+2=? well hold up two fingers on one hand and two on the other and then put them together to get four. Also you may think music is just for singing but at Silverwood we learn things like "Good boys deserve fudge" g,b,d,f. At the end of music we get to free dance and Miss Kay makes it very fun. Miss Nancy is very nice and understanding when you get something wrong. She will say, "How about we sit down and work it out together?" Art is also really fun because we get to do projects, paint, make clay pieces, use water colors, markers, colored pencils and chalk. It is fun to let your imagination go wild and free in everything.


Posted March 14, 2014

You should go to Silverwood because they prepare you for what is ahead. The teachers are friendly and smart. The lessons are great too. They are different from the types of lessons you would have at a public school. I would highly recommend going to Silverwood School.


Posted March 14, 2014

Silverwood is amazing. I have been here starting in first grade. In someways it's a normal school, people have friends, they have frenemies, and we have class presidents in fifth and sixth grade. But in ways it's not a normal school. We have awesome over night field trips starting in third grade. The sixth graders get a sixth grade trip, when they go to somewhere far away (this year they're going to Utah) for a week. At silverwood, math is harder than it is in public schools. So when you're in 5th grade here, you would be in public school's 6th grade level of math. We also have alot of projects in 5th and 6th grade. One of the main projects during project season is the wax museum. Kids fromn 3rd grade through 6th grade pick a famous person and do a project on them. The teachers at Silverwood are very nice and make the already awesome school even more awesome!


Posted March 14, 2014

Silverwood is an amazing school, it is full of amazing teachers, great materials, and a great variety of things to do. I have been a student of Silverwood for 6 years now, and I rarely am able to find a flaw with Silverwood. It has a rather advanced curriculum, they never cease to amaze me with how polite the teachers are. Silverwood has helped me achieve my full potential. So I truly thank them for that. Silverwood has an amazing campus, with a large wooded area. It has a very cool ravine in the fifth and sixth grade area. The woods are devided into sections, a very small section for the first and second graders, an enlarged section for the third and fourth graders and the biggest part is for the fifth and sixth graders. Overall I would rate Silverwood five out of five stars.


Posted February 2, 2014

Silverwood is a wonderful community tucked into a wooded campus. Every child is cherished and treated as an individual at Silverwood. The teachers are amazing. They want your child to be successful and to grow to be who they are not another number. If you have questions or problems you can call or email the teacher and know you will get a response. The best part is feeling like it is a family and that every one is loved and cared for there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2014

It is truly a privilege to be a part of the Silverwood community. The school's wooded environment is beautiful--it invites exploration and inspires many creative projects. The teaching staff is highly qualified and very dedicated, striving to serve the needs of each student as an individual learner. They share an enthusiasm for education as a life-long goal. Children thrive here. It is amazing to see them learn and grow in so many ways from year to year.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 17, 2014

Silverwood School is a great little school in the woods! Students are treated as individuals by a very caring and skilled staff. They stay true to their motto, "To Challenge and Cherish." The students receive and participate in a very academic curriculum, and at the same time, are treated respectfully and as though they matter...which they do!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 13, 2014

I love working at this school because of the way we are allowed the opportunities to individualize our lessons so much to not only meet the necessary standards, but also the interests of the students. I never teach anything in a way that the students find boring; it interests them and often times they hardly realizing how and that they're learning!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 13, 2014

Silverwood School is a treasure in the woods. The 18-acre campus allows students to take their learning outside and apply their lessons to the world around them. Silverwood is a school that creates independent, confident individuals, with a sense of who they are and the difference they can make in the world around them. As a teacher, this is a place where I can meet the specific needs of each student and get to know them as individuals. Silverwood makes learning engaging and exciting by honoring student creativity and allowing for personal interests to be incorporated into the many project-based assessments. Silverwood is a place where students know they can always come back be welcomed with open arms.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 16, 2013

I wish we could put into words what Silverwood School really means to us. Our child had such anxiety about going to school when he was in public school that he shut down completely. Now he is happy and thriving! His academics are great & the teachers know him as an individual. They know what stresses him, they know how to help him work through that...they know when to push him & when to give him a break. They believe in him and in his ability to become his best self. And when he has an "off day", they separate the child from the behavior...something that is difficult to do & rare to find. These teachers really do love the children & the whole school works diligently to build a beautiful sense of community. They are always happy to talk about the needs of each child & help us figure out how to give them the best educational experience they can have. When they say Silverwood is a place where children are "Challenged and Cherished" they mean it. I cannot say enough good about them. If you want your child to have a warm, challenging, creative school experience that will teach them to be independent & confident learners... this is the place for you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2013

Silverwood's motto to "Challenge and Cherish" is manifested each and every day in the way the staff and faculty interact with their students. Students are challenged in every subject at a level that keeps them on a comfortable edge pushing them to succeed beyond their expectations and inspiring them to discover new interests and pursue their individual passions. Students learn to investigate the world around them while building skills that allow them to truly excel in the world beyond the walls of Silverwood. Students are cherished at Silverwood because they are viewed as an individual a child with his or her own distinct set of skills, talents, and opportunities to grow. The staff works together to support every family throughout their time at Silverwood and nurture personal relationships that result in a collaborative community for each and every student. In short, Silverwood is the village it takes to raise a child.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 2, 2013

One of the things that drew me to seeking employment at Silverwood was the beautiful and unique wooded campus and the atmosphere of creativity and joy of learning I both read about and personally witnessed. I couldn't be more pleased with the freedom Silverwood gives the staff, students, and families to explore learning in a setting that encourages individuality and resilience. I'm grateful for the opportunity I'm given each day to challenge and cherish the children at Silverwood School. This place is awesome!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 1, 2013

Yes, sending a child to Silverwood is a sacrifice -- it's not "free" like public school. But when our child comes home from Silverwood and says "I like school" or "Math is fun", it is all worth it.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 89% 60%
Hispanic 5% 20%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 7%
Two or more races 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Black 0% 5%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:25 am
School end time
  • 3:15 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:15 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Bill Beaudoin
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (360) 697-7537

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Hybrid
  • Multi-aged
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Environmental
  • Service learning
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Kids Care Club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Silverwood was founded in 1984, upon the belief that children are curious, creative, fun-loving, and generous. An especially committed and loving group of teachers encourages interactive and interdisciplinary approaches to learning, paying special attention to the needs of each child. We are located on a beautiful 18 acre wooded campus. We have: Small Classes Challenging Academics Caring Community Environment Nurturing Classrooms Outdoor Adventures Fine Arts Spanish Music
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What are your chances?


8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
30
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
40

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$5000 - $10000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
West Sound Academy
Klahowya Secondary School
Central Kitsap Middle School
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14000 Central Valley Rd NW
Poulsbo, WA 98370
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Phone: (360) 697-7526

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