Welcome to

The Children's School



Established in 1965, TCS offers preschool and pre-kindergarten programs in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle.

We are a Montessori-based, child-centered preschool in which EVERY individual is seen as capable. We learn, play, inspire, and engage all with a spirit of fun!

We live these values through these ACTIONS:

We respect – by listening to everyone, including everyone, and playing with everyone.

We support – by nurturing our children and their families, nurturing our staff and their families, and by providing a safe and fun learning and play space.

We contribute – by supporting Heifer International, hosting our Harvest Food Drive, being a “Recycle School," and caring for our space.

In this perpetually shifting and increasingly challenging world, TCS creates a community environment where everyone has tools and opportunities to succeed.

TCS has been, by far, the best preschool experience our family has had. My first two children did not attend TCS, and I wish they had. The teachers provide a structured, loving and educationally rich environment that nurtures the whole child. I have total confidence that my son will be fully prepared academically, socially and emotionally for kindergarten and beyond. The quality of education cannot be beat, and I wish all children had an opportunity to learn and thrive at a preschool like TCS. 

— Gretchen DeSarno, 2018
 Cutting work by Liam.

Cutting work by Liam.

New Family Open House

Join us Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 11:30 to 12:30 for our new family open house. Children welcome!

Come tour our school, meet our teachers, and learn more about our philosophy and curriculum. Registration for new families for the 2019/2020 school year begins immediately after the open house.

To attend, please email:

7400 Woodlawn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Can’t make the open house? Email us at to arrange a school tour. Attending the open house, or a tour, is required before registering.

This is such a nurturing and supportive school. We are going into our third year next year, and we are so glad we have this program. The teachers are amazing. Simply amazing. Their capacity for love and caring is infinite. They handle each child perfectly.
— Vanessa Thorpe, 2015
We have been a part of this community for the past three years, and we have absolutely loved it!  My son and daughter both started in their Pre3 class and it was an absolute godsend for our family. They have the most loving teachers and helped both kids with separation anxiety and turned them into school loving children.
— Silpa Sundram, 2015
My children have been attending TCS for 5 years, and they have been an amazing asset to our family and our children’s development. This place is incredibly nurturing, their student/teacher ratio is unheard of for a preschool, and they also have the flexibility to transfer your student, if a longer day is necessary.
— Diana Nickel, 2014
My daughter goes to TCS and it’s a hidden gem! Not too fussy or expensive, but really dedicated teachers and small classes with tons of creative projects. Great parent community too. I’m in love with this school and in awe of how much progress my daughter has made in just a year there.
— Philip Miner, 2015


Who's up for the 2019/2020 term?