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The Perkins School

Private | K-5 | 85 students

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $412,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,120.

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4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 8 ratings
2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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School Official Point of View

Posted October 9, 2014

The Perkins School has a strong emphasis on science and math and knows each student well. We keep work meaningful, and have created a climate of trust, decency and high expectations for all. (We also have a lot of fun.)

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Posted May 21, 2008

I am yet another parent horrified by the 'new' (sad...not so new anymore) administration - patronizing, dismissive and rude. No longer a loving warm community. We too were told we had to pay full tuition for a school that was not what we signed up for. This is the third review I have written, but haven't been published. I have felt urgency re: parents being aware. Be aware. Beware! Please publish this!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2008

Another parent with complete agreement about the unfortunate change of this school. Has been a long time supporter. School seems to now cater to behavioral problem students now rather than supporting academic achievements. Many of the students are now supplementing basic educational classes outside of the school environment because of lack of direction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2008

A completely agree with one of the two reviewers listed: had been warm, friendly culture & excellent facility. The new administration transformed it entirely. Many teachers and staff have left. Enrollment for 2007-08 is low. Condescending, dismissive administration. Beware. Beware.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2008

Great school and community!


Posted December 20, 2007

For several years thru 2006-07, our child enjoyed a warm, friendly culture and excellent teaching at Perkins. They changed principals that year, and a once-wonderful school is now struggling. Many teachers and staff have left, including the beloved 1st-grade, 2nd-grade, science and French teachers. Enrollment for 2007-08 is near an all-time low. Last spring, parents weren't advised of planned dramatic curriculum changes and key faculty and staff departures until the very end of the year, after key contract deadlines. Parental inquiries were met with dismissive, condescending responses. As a result, numerous parents (including us) withdrew their children, and now the school is demanding those parents pay half- or full-year tuition, although enrollment this fall was nowhere near capacity and no applicants were displaced. It's a sad turn of events for everyone that worked so hard to build this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 67% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 7%
Black 11% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 5% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hispanic 0% 20%
Two or more races 0% 6%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
French
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club

Language learning

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

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Barry Wright
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • admissions@theperkinsschool.org
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NWAIS
Fax number
  • (206) 525-6239

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
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
  • French
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Math club
School leaders can update this information here.

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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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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What does it cost?

Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Billings Middle School
The Bush School
Seattle Girls School
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9005 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
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Phone: (206) 526-8217

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