Pre3, 3/4 yrs Old, and prek programs

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. 


Typical Classro0m Schedule:

  • 9:00 am Class Starts, 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 Class Ends, Pick-up Time

  • 11:30 am to 1:00 pm LunchBunch (optional program, daily sign-up, billed separately).

  • 1:00 to 3:30 pm PreK Class

*All times are approximate except start and end times.



The year begins with early childhood curriculum using a modified Montessori approach. The first hour is spent using Montessori equipment and other developmentally appropriate activities. 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, and we are not overly permissive. Our rules are developed around safety first and consideration of each member of the group. We are seeking an atmosphere in which children are encouraged to be self-starting and develop self-discipline to the extent possible at this age. Above all, we want each child to feel very special. 



We follow the Seattle Public School’s calendar with a few exceptions - i.e, we do not take the teacher in-service days, but we do take off two weeks in December and a week in April for Spring Break.

TCS admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of the educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and other school-administered programs. In addition to the foregoing statement directed by the IRS, we would add that we warmly welcome ALL children to our school.

Thank you for your cooperation, we look forward to seeing you at TCS!

We adore your program! As of now, no other preschool program has your program’s “feel” and certainly, none have your longevity.
— Marie Vrablik, 2015

LunchBunch Program

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 $14/day. We offer prepaid LB PunchCards with 10 punches ($140). 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 make a formal commitment to, or enrollment 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 in 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 $15 applies after 1:05 pm.


If you have questions about the LB Program, please contact us at