This is our family's 6th year at Giddens, and the school continues to amaze me. I have 2 children, both started at age 3. In my professional life, I work with parents and families, and spend a fair amount of time in area schools. What is happening at Giddens is pretty special. When students walk through Giddens doors, they are valued as much for what they give to each other as what they get from their teachers. Their individual interests & passions are used to help them discover a love of learning. They develop problem solving skills because they are given the time and space to do so. They are empathetic because empathy is modeled by those that teach them. And they are respectful of others because they have been respected. All of these wonderful things about Giddens School are what allow the school to have such strong academics and students so excited to learn. There is no place in this city I would rather have my children than at Giddens, as I know it is preparing them to thrive in our changing world.
Switched our child to public school and found out they were behind in math and reading. Really happy we made the switch. I was surprised to read about this academic "rigor" one parent mentioned as I am not the first former Gidden's parent that has taken their child out of this school only to find them behind and lacking basic skills. I feel as though most of these review that are 4 star are from the school or the board trying to justify the 18K per year tuition. This school has potential, as they all do, but for the price parents and children deserve a lot more than what they are getting for that price tag. My advice, save your money. It is not what people are trying to make it out to be.
My partner and I have been parents at Giddens for three years and we (and our daughter) absolutely love it. The community feel, academic rigor, and committment to social justice make it like no other independent and/or public school in Seattle. It's always been amazing to me to see how happy the children are, how dedicated the staff is and how involved the parents are. When our family was touring independent schools (and we toured several), we knew immediately that Giddens was the right place for our family and we have not been disappointed since! I highly recommend Giddens School!
I am going to be candid here and give a REAL review, Glidden s has amazing potential but just does not deliver. I have to agree with the other parent review that stated there is incongruence between the administration and the teachers. There are many different types of families that attend Gidden's but there really is no sense of community minus a couple of cliques and a VERY aggressive fund raising program. Also,there was a very disturbing incident with a neighbor, which you can read about online. After investing 34K (which we could have used for a down payment on a HOUSE!!) we are going public. We have talked to former Gidden's parents who felt their child was better off.
Giddens is a wonderful school focused on developing all aspects of the student (social, emotional, academic). The school has been well known for its social justice, conflict resolution, and just plain "no bullying" policy; but Giddens is also on a strong path to make its mark to be known for academic excellence. Everyone at Giddens is appreciated for their character and substance. Teachers, specialists, staff members are dedicated and passionate about their mission. Students are happy, articulate, and outspoken. There's also a great parent community and a variety of volunteer opportunities to give back to the community.
We have two children at Giddens. One in Primary and the other in Preschool. We love this school and the education our children are getting at Giddens is just wonderful. They not only get a great community, exposure to social justice in a diverse setting, but also outstanding academics. I highly recommend Giddens School!
This school is amazing, and as such it was shocking to read the negative review highlighted below. This person's experience must be an anomaly, as my child has just finished his 4th year at the school and it just keeps getting better! Throughout our experience, I have been impressed with with the passion and dedication of the staff, lead by the Head of School. They truly get to know each child as an individual and help them to thrive. The focus on expecting students to meet rigorous academic standards while still treating each other, and their world, with respect makes Giddens School a true treasure in the Seattle School environment. The academic curriculum my child has worked within has surpassed that of his peers in Seattle Public Schools and in comparable independent schools. Beyond that, my child is encouraged to think more deeply about material and apply it in ways that help him to think beyond himself. He is learning the same information, but using it in better ways. Overall, I could not be more impressed with the school as a home for my child and family. I see it as not just an investment in my child's future success, but in the future success of our society as a whole.
This school would be much better served if the principal was switched out. The school is good at community events, but the vibe from the principal's office is incredibly different from the front they put on in their marketing campaigns. The academics are lagging far behind that of Seattle's public schools, which is amazing since this school costs $17,000 a year. I would highly avoid wasteing your money on this school. After four years, our family has finally faced the reality that we have been swindled and would have done better in any school - public or private - other than this one.
My son loves his Pre-K class at Giddens! Teachers are awesome and it's a truly great environment. It's a lot more expensive than other pre-k programs, but you get what you pay for. Truly top notch in every way. Everytime I drop my son off and pick him up, the teachers are always ineracting with the kids either in groups or spending one-on-one time with them. Once I drove by the preschool playground during school hours and saw Robert, Head of School, out pushing the kids on the swings. The teachers and staff are just involved and invested in the kids. A great education!
Giddens is a wonderful school with an exceptionally warm and welcoming environment. The teachers are amazing, and the parents are very involved in the school.
Giddens School has helped our son to become a reader, a writer, a scientist and a mathematician, but more than that it has helped him to become a compassionate citizen of the world. The teachers at Giddens engage students in a level of thinking that I have not seen at any other school. Whether they are presenting complex math problems or the complex problems of the world, the teachers encourage their students to think critically and to thoughtfully reach their own conclusions. I am continually impressed with the direction that this school is heading and plan to be a part of the community for many years.
The combination of an excellent curriculum and a very diverse student population is a rarity in Seattle. The sense of community among the teachers, administration and families is very strong. Our son is happy, is academically engaged, has good friends, and is thriving. Giddens School has exceeded all of our expectations and we feel very fortunate that our son is attending this school.
We toured most of Seattle's private elementary schools. Most have terrific programs, curricula, extra-curricular activities, and resources. At Giddens we found the best teachers by far. The teaching staff is incredibly committed to providing rigorous and relevant instruction that meets each child's needs and helps them not only know things but to truly learn. We see that level of instruction regularly in our child's classroom. They have at least two full time staff who focus on helping teachers become even better at their teaching.
My son is a Giddens graduate who has gone on to a very happy placement at The Northwest School. My daughter is a third-grader at Giddens now. The teachers are awesome, smart, compassionate and independent thinkers. The schoolo's friendly community is very strong, and the focus on anti-bias and social justice make it unique in our city and region.
This truly is an amazing school. When my daughter attended in first grade, everything she struggled with at a public Kindergarten fell away, and she excelled rapidly. Her first two years brought her a great deal of joy in her education. Unfortunately, her third year was filled with turmoil, and with the school in upheaval as well, it made for a less pleasant experience. Now that they're restructring and bringing in standardized testing, we're taking bowing out. Excellent place that promotes social justice, diversity, and social responsibility.
This is an amazing school. I have not seen anything that even comes close to this level of quality. I know that this is the very best that we can offer our child.
My daughter is in her second preschool year at Giddens and we love it. She's had two male preschool teachers and both have been great. The focus on social/emotional development is perfect for preschool and the school's social justice focus draws a wonderful community of families. I have enjoyed the school's garden, where preschoolers grow food to share with the St. Mary's food bank.
This school has a very close knit community of parents. The level of creativity that the students are exposed to is par excellence. Liberal, progressive, and socially conscious agenda. The principal is fantastic and has a wide open door policy.
This school is awesome. I trust the staff and i can tell they have a passion for what they do. They are individual focused, and really give my babies what they need. Parental involvement is, as always, what you make it, but they are never shy on gettng you involved and staying in touch with how your child is doing. What can i say, they are the best!
Parental involvment is very high. Staff is exceptional. Amazing anti-bias curriculum. Accredited for early childhood education.
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