At PSCS, our first focus is on creating a safe, compassionate environment for students & families.
Practice Integrity. Engage the Community. Act with Courage.
Puget Sound Community School in 2025 cultivates belonging, engagement, and learning grounded in diversity, empowerment, and empathy.
Who We Are
PSCS was founded on the belief that people are intrinsically compelled by their own curiosity and desire to learn. When provided positive and appropriate amounts of support, along with a variety of courses, activities, and opportunities, we believe students will enthusiastically pursue meaningful goals. The approaches used at PSCS foster creativity, flexibility, and community, and encourage students to focus even deeper on those activities that bring them joy. PSCS maintains a structure designed to offer choice and adaptability, while also holding students accountable to themselves and the community. To do this PSCS staff offer traditional academics, courses designed to leverage growth in understanding social justice and anti-racism, and Advising relationships built into the curriculum.
PSCS takes seriously its duty to keep all students and staff members safe. That being said, safety is not the same thing as comfort. Discomfort is a natural part of being in groups of people and learning.
PSCS nurtures in our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders a deeper understanding of themselves and their responsibilities to those around them. In middle school, Advisors act as coaches and guides in this process, assisting students in identifying and pursuing their interests while helping them to develop the skills needed to derive the most benefit from the school. Middle school students are required to participate in some specific programs and activities, including Seminars and Capstone Projects (see below).
High school students at PSCS focus on the concepts of self-awareness, self-direction, and goal-setting, while contributing to a healthy school community. Students are challenged by their Advisors to participate in school offerings because students are excited by these activities and find purpose in them. Advisors help students identify their short- and long-term goals, and map out strategies to achieve them; provide support in understanding WA State Graduation Requirements and in prioritizing required courses; engage students in a process of rigorous, authentic self-reflection that supports student growth.
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 NW Association of Independent Schools, and a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and the Washington Federation of Independent Schools.
When Jared Laird came to PSCS as a student in 2009, he was tired of being just another face in his old school of more than 1000 students, and frustrated with classes that moved too slowly. “I felt more at home at PSCS then I ever did at my old school,” Jared says. “I didn’t feel like a number. I felt like a part of the community and I was always treated with respect.” PSCS encourages students to expand their...Read More >