At PSCS, our first focus is on creating a safe, compassionate environment for students, staff, & our families.



Puget Sound Community School is committed to co-creating a brave space for community-centered education, critical curriculum, student choice, accountability, and thoughtful collaboration.

Core Commitments

Practice Integrity. Engage the Community. Act with Courage.

educational philosophy

Founded in 1994, Puget Sound Community School (PSCS) is a small, independent middle and high school located in the Chinatown-International District of downtown Seattle.

We believe that ALL people are intrinsically compelled by our innate curiosity, and most of us thrive when provided choice, positive support, and community expectations. We believe that ALL people want to be active participants in our own education and to be offered a globally responsive curriculum, taught by engaged, empowered, multi-skilled teachers. As far as this is true for adults, we see how these shared instincts also cultivate conscientious and motivated young people.

In an effort to build upon the equitable vision of the school, PSCS parents, staff, and the Board of Trustees agreed in 2021 to invest in non-hierarchical administration and leadership, rather than in a traditional Head of School. PSCS is run by an administrative staff with a collective experience of 40 years+, that functions collaboratively with a part- and full-time teaching staff, who together hold more than 60 years of collective experience in education, JEDI, and student support.

Students who fully embrace the program offered at PSCS show consistent progress in self-expression, leadership, and skill-building in almost any endeavor, and start to recognize they are part of something bigger than themselves.

Join us. Get to know yourself. LOVE SCHOOL.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Puget Sound Community School invites the participation of all people, welcoming students, teachers, families, and volunteers of any racial, national, religious, or ethnic origin, from all backgrounds, belief systems, orientations, and expressions.

Private School Approval

PSCS is an Approved Private School under the provisions of Chapter 180-90, Washington Administrative Code, as authorized by RCW 28A.02.240. PSCS is also a subscriber school of the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS), and a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Washington Federation of Independent Schools (WFIS).

Featured Profile

Daisy Gilman

PSCS volunteer and friend, Daisy Gilman, was introduced to PSCS through staff member Scobie Puchtler in 2013. She has been a friend, volunteer, committee member, and served on the Board of Trustees for two terms. “Kindness and compassion” as an approach to PSCS’ philosophy is what draws Daisy to PSCS. Spending time with students and staff is her favorite way to volunteer.

Besides facilitating classes such as Coffee Grows on Trees, and Handwritten Thank You Notes, Daisy also chaperoned students on overnight snowshoeing trips at Mt. Rainier with past-staff member and friend, Chrissy Wakeling.

Daisy graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a degree in nutrition, and an MBA from University of Washington. She worked for Starbucks for many years, happily retiring from corporate America in early 2015.

Daisy calls classical music her “live blood” and started piano lessons again after many years of hiatus. “If I were exiled for life on an island, please at least give me a piano and both books of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier.”

Besides music, Daisy loves to travel, golf, spend time with friends, eat delicious food, and bake bread and pies from scratch. In the fall and winter months, she delegates Sundays for football and faithfully dons her cape for the Seahawks (yes, she really has a Seahawks cape). Daisy now lives in Port Orchard with her husband, Ken.

“As I continue to mature, I have a deep appreciation that my life is about being playful, with intermittent moments of seriousness; not the other way around. I work hard to live my philosophy.”

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