The Gardner School

Private | PK-8 | 104 students


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Posted March 23, 2014

Our child is in preschool this year at the Gardner School, and we couldn't be happier. He is respected and honored as an individual, he is encouraged to explore and play -- and his learning has exploded. Everyone on the staff embodies the mission statement of the school -- which is a big reason why we fell in love with it. The campus reminds me of a magical wonderland with a garden and wetlands for students to explore. Our son LOVES the outdoor time! He also loves ALL of his teachers: his classroom teacher, his Spanish teacher, his music teacher and his p.e. teacher. It is a great fit for our family, and plan on being here for a long time.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 12, 2011

Excellent from the headmaster down to aides. My child is in second grade. He is very precocious and they keep him interested. Remarkable.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 21, 2010

My 3 year old daughter loved her preschool experience at the gardner school with teacher Clair! I couldn't talk her in to skipping to go to chucky cheese. My child learned so much about science, and became so much more confident in her physical ability. top notch school. Id say it's the princeton of preschools!! If you wan't to raise happy Doctors and Lawyers you got to start early:) Love the garden and wetlands the sighn language, excellent spanish teachers, teriffic music teacher and music room, excellent P.E teacher, inspiring classrooms. and Clair is spetacular A++++
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 21, 2010

I have three children here ages 3, 6, and 8. This is the most amazing school I've ever seen. They teach the children 'how to learn' and there is very little regurgitaion. Children are confident and love to go each day. The teachers are beyond excellent, love the children and their jobs and actively communitcate with parents. The only shortfall is that the cost is prohibitive. If you can swing it, though, it's well worth the investment.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 3, 2009

My daughter attends preschool here and loves the teacher, claire. In the beginning of the school year, my daughter could not spell her name or identify most letter of the alphabet. Through claire's patient teachings, my daughter can spell her own name, identify all the letters of the alphabet and correctly name the sound the each letter makes. Claire also has a very unique method of teaching mathematics, sustainability and a general love of outdoors that gets my daughter excited about all of the subjects. If the teaching staff isn't enough, the beautiful setting of the school is enough. Wetlands, views of mt. St. Helens, a vegetable garden, truly a great location. I would highly recommend this preschool to parents who are seeking a teacher who will help children to learn the basic fundamentals of math and english, as well as a love for their environment.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 29, 2008

I've been a Gardner School parent, 'graduate parent', helper and visitor for almost ten years. Every child who attends has the best time of their life there. It is like no other school. Everyone working there loves what they do, the school, the children and the mission. For parents, it's a different story. I've known no fewer than five heads of school. Financial storms come and go. And the tuition limits attendance to those who can afford it. The school is truly magical. The festivals, music nights and plays they produce are fantastic and everyone is deeply committed and involved. My child recounts time and again experiences and friends that will last lifelong.

Posted November 13, 2007

My daughter graduated from The Gardner School after attending for 5 years. The Gardner School did a great job in transitioning my daughter to a confident successful student and person. She is now a very well adjusted successful public school high school student. The multiple intelligences teaching methodology, thematic integrated curriculum, and experiential learning was key for my daughter s transformation and ongoing success. The small school environment where everyone knows each other gave a wonderful sense of belonging and support when needed. The staff is extremely engaged and talented and knows how to guide the students to ask the hard questions. This was evident in my daughter s civil war project where she just wanted to study fashion. She discovered the complex economics around the textile industry with the factories in the north and the cotton in the south, a very impressive deep dive into that era and a great project.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 12, 2007

We chose the Gardner School for our twins based on the rich integrated curriculum and multiple intelligences teaching methodology. They are now in first grade. We are so proud when they tell to us about the water cycle as we watch the rain pouring down, authors they have read when we are at Barnes & Noble, the latest art style or music they are working on, or when we hear them play adding numbers while sitting in the car. They spend healthy time outdoors actively learning, studying, and playing the games we played as kids. They think they are having fun but they are constantly learning. They have taught us about seeds, butterflies, and how to check a fertile chicken egg to see if the chicken is growing. We consider The Gardner School the best gift we can bestow upon our children.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 1, 2007

This school embodies everything possible in a quality education -- individualized, rigorous, experiential, relevant, with master teachers whose caring and exceptional talent nurture my son's emotional, intellectal, social, and physical growth. I've seen a lot of schools and this is truly exceptional.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 30, 2007

My daughter is currently in fourth grade at The Gardner School. She loves it at Gardner and is learning in a way that is fun, creative and rigorous. For example, as a part of her class study on the local watershed in Earth Science, yesterday her class got a batch of salmon which they will study and later release into a local stream. Gardner is a wonderful place to learn. My husband and I feel we are getting a wonderful independent school education for our daughter. We live in Portland and drive to Vancouver, because The Gardner School is unique.
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Posted October 26, 2007

My 3 1/2 year old son loves this school! He is excited to go and always comes home with a ton of stories about his teachers, friends and the fun things they read and learn throughout the day. The parents are all involved and everyone is promoting education and MIT (multi-intelligence theory).
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Posted October 23, 2007

The Gardner school provides an atmosphere where kids can be kids and also in the process learn! Most importantly kids have fun! When we enrolled my 3.5 yr old son into Gardner, I was not sure if he would enjoy it; this being his first time to school. We were more than happy when we saw that our son enjoyed going to school. This can be attributed to the teacher's dedication to children and the unique methodology of learning at Gardner.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 22, 2007

The Gardner School provides a safe, nurturing, creative, educational environment where my two children are flourishing! I think my children benefit enormously from multiple intelligences aspect of Gardner teaching philosophy: each of them is learning to maximize their strengths, and identify their areas for improvement (as well as coping strategies in the meantime.) The emerging curriculum (directed by students and teachers, informed by parental involvement) keeps the kids engaged and enthusiastic. Some key aspects of the school that I really love: dedicated foreign language, art, music, and PE instruction, small class sizes, and fantastic teachers. The school makes a super effort each semester to conduct field trips that are linked to the emergent there is always something new for the children to look forward to. On top of the field trips, there are frequent community activities to look forward to, and options like chess and music in addition to afterschool care.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 20, 2007

It is a truly a spectacular place for my son to be learning.
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Posted February 13, 2007

this school has been so great for me. I think that the teachers are great and the atmosphere is wonderful.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 18, 2007

This school is excellent! It's built on an old farm with minutes of Portland, Oregon and looks onto the Cascade Mountain Range. Kids can think, breath, and enjoy school in an atmosphere of love and caring. The teachers are top notch and have a very small ratio of students to teachers. They also provide physical education, art, music, and Spanish programs (Even for preschoolers).
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 25, 2006

Our kids attend Pre-school settled in happily within the first two days. The teacher ratio to children is great and all the children get group and individual attention in the day. There's PE, music, Spanish and sign language within the cirriculum. We've tried a number of private pre-schools and this would have to be the best we have come across. (Montessori to Church based). The teachers are truely caring and are very attentive to the children. My eldest son (5yo) considers his teachers friends. Parents are encouraged ot be as involved as they can be and sitting in on a class is never a problem. The Principal makes it a practice to greet evryone every morning and knows most of the kids if not all, by name. We are impressed and the kids are learning and HAPPY!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 24, 2004

If I could imagine everything I would want in a school and then create it, I would just have created the Gardner School. It is a place where the the whole child is nurtured while academics reaches new depths. My son is excited everyday for what will happen next. I have never felt such a community sense in a school before. The location is amazing with farm land and a pond surrounding it. The teachers are incredibly educated and you can tell this is their passion as well as their work. It is what education should be!
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Posted August 26, 2003

we love the school, the teachers try to know all the childern. Most of all her teacher is right in tune with my daughter, and can help her grow in all the areas she needs. The school also offers many extracurricular activities, even for little ones
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 64%
Asian 4% N/A
Black 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Hispanic 0% 16%
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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