We are a Montessori-based preschool that was established in 1965. We enroll children ages 2 to 6 years. Our program is distinctive in that we situate the child at the center of the educational experience. We offer one of the best teacher-to-student ratios in Seattle! Under the guidance of our talented teachers, we inspire meaningful exploration and creative learning for all children.
A DAY AT TCS:
9:00 am - Pre-3, MWF, and M-F class drop-off
10:00 am - Story time
10:15 am - Music time
10:30 am - Snack time
11:00 am - Outdoor time
11:30 am - Pre-3, MWF, and M-F class pick-up and optional drop-off for PreK students joining LunchBunch
11:30 am to 1:00 pm - LunchBunch (optional program)
1:00 pm - PreK class begins
2:00 pm - Story time
2:15 pm - Music time
2:30 pm - Snack time
3:00 pm - Outdoor time
3:30 pm - PreK class pick-up
*All times are approximate except start and end times.
The school day begins with early childhood curriculum using a modified Montessori approach. The first hour is spent using Montessori equipment and other developmentally appropriate activities related to our weekly theme. After story and music time, the second hour includes self-exploration, creative activities, and outdoor play.
Our class sizes vary according to the age of the group. We plan classes small enough to enable teachers to give individual attention as needed, but also large enough that the children will need to help each other.
The environment of our school is unhurried and friendly. Our rules are developed around safety first and consideration of each member of the group. We work together to create an atmosphere in which children are encouraged to be self-starting and to develop self-discipline in line with what’s possible for their specific age and developmental level. Above all, we want each child to feel safe, supported, and special.
Pre3 Class (click to see a flyer) - A 2-day class T/Th from 9:00-11:30 am.
Children should be two years old by September 1st. Tuition is $200 for the first month, $285/month for the remaining year.
MWF Class (click to see a flyer) - A 3-day class for younger three year olds or those new to a preschool environment, from 9:00-11:30 am.
Children should be three years old by September 1st. Tuition is $325/month.
M-F Class (click to see a flyer) - A 4 or 5-day class for three and four years old, from 9:00-11:30 am.
Children should be three years old by September 1st, and may attend 4- or 5-days a week. Tuition is $425/month for 4 days or $500/month for 5 days.
PreK Class (click to see a flyer) - A 4-day afternoon class is specially-designed for children looking to enter kindergarten, Monday - Thursday from 1:00-3:30 pm.
This class offers students meaningful exploration and learning both academically and socially. Tuition is $500/month.
We offer limited spaces for PreK students to also attend Friday mornings from 9:00-11:30 am. Tuition is $550/month for PreK + Friday morning.
What is LunchBunch (LB)?
It’s an optional, daily program (Monday thru Friday from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm) where students stay after class to have lunch with their classmates, as well as students and teachers from other classes. LB allows for a wider sense of community among students, it also provides educational enrichment opportunities – we offer yoga and art during this time, play a myriad of games, and give children extended time with toys and puzzles they do not see in their classrooms.
Who may attend LB?
All TCS students are invited to attend LB. In the best interest of your child, we ask that you be confident that your child has adjusted and is ready to remain at school before extending her/his day.
How much does LB cost?
The cost of this extraordinary program is $15/day. We offer prepaid LB PunchCards with 10 punches ($150). We track attendance, deduct accordingly for the days your child attends, and notify you when it's time to reload your LB card.
When does LB start?
For 3/4 years olds, as well as our PreK students, this program starts on the Monday of the second week of school. For our youngest students (Pre3), typically November is a general start date; however, some are ready to begin earlier/later. We ask families of Pre3 students to check with their teachers first.
How do I enroll my child in LB?
There is no need to pre-enroll in this program. To attend LB, just sign up in the morning on the class Sign-In Sheet when you bring your child to school.
So, how does LB work?
1. Every child should have a lunchbox with her/his name printed on the outside.
2. If your child has any food allergies, please notify us. Also, mark the lunchbox with the allergy information.
3. When you sign your child into school that day, check the LB Box next to your child’s name on the Sign-In Sheet.
4. Please remind your teacher that your child is participating if s/he is not a regular attendee.
5. Please be prompt in picking your child up at 1:00 pm. A late fee of $15 applies after 1:05 pm.
6. Do not send any GLASS CONTAINERS TO SCHOOL.
If you have questions about the LB Program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.