Founding

Founded in 1994, PSCS is a Washington State–approved private school and a federally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Location

660 S. Dearborn Street, in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District.

School Hours

9am to 3:40pm.

Leadership

In May of 2021, in an effort to build upon the collaborative and equitable vision of the school, PSCS parents, staff, and the Board of Trustees agreed to invest in non-hierarchical administration and collaborative leadership, rather than in a traditional Director or Head of School. This means the daily operations of the school are run by our PSCS Admin Team, comprised of our three directors, each of whom functions in close cooperation with the PSCS Teaching Staff. In 2022, the staff agreed to a flattened payscale (currently at 10- and 12-month contracts).

Student/Teaching Staff Ratio

8:1

Grades

Our students are between the ages of 11 and 18 (grades 6–12 in more traditional schools). We enroll students entering grades 6-8, and grades 9 and 10.

Enrollment 2022-23

36 students from Seattle and the greater metropolitan area. PSCS families come from all over; Rainier Beach and Columbia City, to Kirkland and Bellevue, Phinney Ridge and Ballard, Mountlake Terrace,  Bainbridge Island, Mukilteo, and more.

Accreditation/Membership

Subscriber School, Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS)
Member, National Association of Independent Schools
Member, Washington Federation of Independent Schools (WFIS)

Staff

PSCS has 4 Teaching Staff members, 2 Adjunct Teaching Staff members, and 3 Administrative Directors.

Volunteers

Typically we have a pool of 30–40 prospective volunteers, and our course schedule for a given term may include class offerings from 1-5 volunteer facilitators (these could be, or have been, current parents, past parents, alum, educators from other institutions, and college student). Current PSCS students often pitch and offer classes as well.

The current term is Fall 2022-23, which runs September 19-December 2 (PSCS offers 3 terms in a school year: Fall, Winter, and Spring). This term, we have  2 classes being facilitated by current parents, 2 classes facilitated by an alum (who has offered courses off and on for many years), as well as 1 class offered by a current student.

Graduation Credentials

PSCS is a state-approved private school and offers graduates an official Washington state high school diploma.

PSCS Graduation Requirements

Tuition Aid

28% of PSCS families receive aid. PSCS is committed to allocating a significant amount of tuition aid to assist families with financial need. The school uses an impartial outside entity to evaluate and determine objective financial need. It is also our intention that enrolled students are able to fully participate in all activities for which they qualify, and that the cost of these activities is not a barrier to participating. We do not wish to nickel and dime families after they've been enrolled. In support of this, PSCS has a program aid fund available for families who need help with such expenses.

Grades/Testing

Students are not given letter grades at PSCS and are not required to take any standardized, performance-based, assessment tests either to be admitted to PSCS or during their time here.

Requirements

The requirements we place on our students provide the structure for them to be immersed in our positive and supportive environment, which is the root of our philosophy. Students are expected to spend 1,000+ hours present and on-campus (Community Hours), to attend classes, group programming, seminars, as well as off-campus events. We require students to fulfill our community service expectations and to attend PSCS for at least three years to be eligible to graduate.

Progress

PSCS parents/guardians participate in two conferences per school year with their student and their student’s Advisor. Parents are welcome to request additional meetings, and Advisors and/or the Director of Program may recommend or require them. Student progress is also detailed in two-week Check-ins, staff reports and reflections, as well as student self-reflections each year.

Transcripts

Each term, all reports, reflections, and milestones are compiled by Advisors and the school Registrar into a narrative transcript, which reflect state graduation requirements as well as PSCS-specific community requirements, most of which fall under the headings of our Core Commitments (above). Approved Independent Study projects are also transcripted, as are courses students complete on their own with outside resources, as long as they can be appropriately documented.

Anti-Bias

PSCS has an open admissions policy that reflects our aim to respect individual differences and learn from diversity. We admit students, and welcome staff and volunteers, of any race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, age, physical and cognitive ability, ancestry, medical condition, family care status, belief system, and family dynamic.

High School

9-12th grade is focused on self-awareness, self-direction, and goal-setting. PSCS High School students are challenged by their Advisors to participate in offerings because they find excitement and/or purpose in them. Advisors help students continue to identify short- and long-term goals and to map out strategies to achieve them, including understanding and prioritizing required Seminars and WA State Graduation Requirements. Advising also engages a process of authentic self-reflection that supports students in moving toward their next goals, whether that be further education, the workforce, the Peace Corps, or any number of life pursuits.

Recent Class Offerings

Scientific Inquiry, Self Care, African American & Latinx History, American Lit. Octavia’s Brood, Sex & Health, Drumming, Cultural Films, Intro to Philosophy, Business & Finance, Writing Personal Narratives, Geometry, College Explorations, Natural Latin, World Geography, WA State History, Indigenous Poetry, Soccer, Cephalopod Biology, Algebra, Summarize THIS!, Blog Writing, History of Pop Music, Queer History, Current Events, Student Leadership, Landscape Sketching, Drawing & Sculpture, Theater, Building Gliders.

Matriculation

PSCS seniors often see the benefits of further and deeper learning and mindfully pursue higher education. PSCS alumni were accepted to, attend, or have attended the following colleges and universities for undergrad and graduate studies:

Boston Conservatory of Music at Berklee, Bellevue College, Bunka Fashion College-Tokyo, The School of Oregon Ballet Theater, Cal Arts, Cornish College of the Arts(+), DigiPen(+), LA School of Music, Make Up Forever Academy-NY, Marymount Manhattan College, Naropa University, Ohio-Wesleyan University, Oregon Culinary Institute, Pacific Lutheran University, Parsons School of Design, Quest University(+), Reed College, Sarah Lawrence, Saybrook University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Seattle Central College(+), Seattle Pacific University(+), Seattle University, St John’s College, The Evergreen State College(+), The New School(+), University of Arizona, University of Illinois, University of Sarajevo Film School, University of Washington(+), UW-Bothell, UW- Engineering Program, Webster University, Western Washington University(+), WWU-Fairhaven(+), Whitman College(+), Whittier College, and more.

Featured Profile

Kellen Frodelius-Fujimoto ’09

Kellen Frodelius-Fujimoto is a PSCS alum (’09) and Past Treasurer of the PSCS Board of Trustees. He’s the eldest of four (!) family members who attended PSCS.

Throughout his years as a PSCS student, he became a strong advocate for the community, served on several admissions committees, and eventually served as a student representative on the Board his junior year of high school.

“The value of PSCS is a deeply personal one for me. Many of the core beliefs that I hold most dear were both taught and cultivated in my time as a student, and I want the school to both be strong for generations to come—for my children to experience the same community I did.”

Kellen is a freelance photographer and web developer who lives in Germany with his wife Noelle.

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