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Where We Are

PSCS exists on unceded Duwamish and Coast Salish land. Most of our forebears violently displaced, terrorized, and lied to the Indigenous people who had prospered here for thousands of years. Indigenous American people’s survival today is the testament to their true power. The violent colonization and enslavement of Indigenous, Black, and Brown people continued over the next 400 years, and continues to this day.

PSCS also exists in Seattle’s third Chinatown-International District (C-ID), which allows us so many opportunities to learn and understand Seattle's deep history of Asian-American creativity, contribution, and expansion—as well as the one hundred and fifty years of violence against Asian-American families, and the forcible removal and incarceration of 125,000 people of Japanese descent under FDR’s Executive Order 9066.

Some of the most important work we can do together at PSCS is to appreciate and educate ourselves about the history that surrounds us and the land we thrive on. We can take action in many ways and it remains the intention of our staff to consistently contribute and seek opportunities to build partnerships in the neighborhood and in the region.

We continue to add to our list of local support and volunteer opportunities and appreciate when friends and families share new ideas and additions.

Community-centered education for our collective liberation.

Featured Profile

Dana Bettinger

PSCS friend and supporter, Dana Bettinger, earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Pratt Institute and then a master’s degree from Yale University, but after seven years as an architect—including time spent running her own design firm—she returned to graduate school and became a teacher. Dana taught art, architecture, and stagecraft at University Prep for over a decade, and previously served as the president of the PSCS Board of Trustees.

She was initially attracted by the school’s progressive philosophy.

“You don’t hear students at PSCS talking about what they’ll do when they’re finally ‘in the real world,’” she says. “Our students understand that they’re being given the freedom and support to pursue ‘real life’ right now, instead of constantly being trained for some future experience.”

Dana may have been drawn in by the idea of progressive education theory put to practice, but the best part of serving on the board is being a part of such an extraordinary group of individuals.

“I get to interact in such a thoughtful way with all of the incredible people who make up our community,” she says, “from students to parents to other volunteers. They’re smart, engaged, and always inspiring.”

The community is at its best, Dana says, at its unique graduation ceremony. Seniors are honored individually in an event that, in some years, has lasted more than seven hours.

“It is an incredible opportunity to see a group of strong, fascinating young people reveal their true selves in creative, eloquent ways—and then be comfortable allowing the people who love them to share their experience in such a public way.”

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