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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.

Student/Teaching Staff Ratio

11:1

Grades

Our students are between the ages of 11 and 18 (grades 6–12 in more traditional schools). Most of our new students are enrolled in 6th-8th grades, although we will consider students entering 9th and 10th grades.

Enrollment 2017-18

52 students from Seattle and the greater metropolitan area.

Staff

5 full-time teaching staff members, 4 administrators, 2 adjunct teaching staff members.

Volunteers

Typically 30–40.

Tuition 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.

Standardized Testing

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

Graduation Credentials

PSCS is a state-approved private school and offers graduates an official Washington state high school diploma (see PSCS Graduation Requirements).

Extracurricular Activities

There is no distinction at PSCS between “curricular” and “extra-curricular” activities. Art, music, math, grammar, conversation, play—all of these are part of our curriculum. But there are some activities that by nature are difficult to house in a small school setting. When students demonstrate an interest in pursuing these kinds of activities we help them find ways to get involved by joining a sports league, a student theater production, internships, apprenticeships, etc. These fall under the category of Independent Study and must be balanced with Community Hours.

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Featured Profile

Nic Warmenhoven

PSCS Teaching Staff member, Nic Warmnehoven, started volunteering at PSCS in 2001, and joined the teaching staff in 2004. He brings a wide range of interests to the classroom, having taught classes on politics, law, geography, physics, history, math, literature, programming, drama, filmmaking, organic agriculture, Shakespeare, philosophy, cooking, gaming, service work, and much more. He’s a fierce advocate for his students, and loves to connect them with resources to further their passions. He’s also a father, husband, web developer, video editor, cook, bridge player, and amateur farmer. He speaks Spanish, built his own chicken house, and recently summited Mount Rainier....

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