Thank you for your support of PSCS and other community organizations embodying missions and values we prioritize.

We’re ALL building something extraordinary, and we’re doing it together.

"I just have to say, this is awesome. my child's report cards in the past were not at all from a strengths-based lens. We are grateful for PSCS to really see my child and who he is. Thanks for giving him such great opportunities to grow and learn and make connections. I read the positive statements about him and it makes my heart full. I know this is such a challenging time and the thoughtfulness, flexibility and grace by all at PSCS throughout this is so appreciated."
— PSCS Parent
“The tragedy of school shootings underscores my gratitude for PSCS: First, as a community that uniquely embodies respect for all; second, as a model to the world of engaged and caring people, of all ages; and third, as my daughter's school. Not only do I trust for her physical and emotional safety, I also trust the depth and quality of the learning—on high school shootings, movies, teenage drinking, college, politics, (everything!)—that I know she will be surrounded with at PSCS.”
—PSCS Parent

"Thank you for giving me the courage and tools to develop my passions."

—PSCS Alum

"I am very grateful for all the staff, friends, and families that are a part of PSCS.

I know so many wonderful human beings because of my relationship with the school.

My life and my self would not be the same without you.”

—PSCS Volunteer

“...I’ve gone to a school where my voice has been valued, where I’ve been given the opportunity to make my own choices, and where compassion has been paramount.  A place with teachers who have actually cared about me and how I’ve been doing. A place where I’ve learned how to read.  And when I say learned how to read I don’t mean learned to read, I mean learned how to read...
—PSCS Senior Credo

"I am writing to express my thanks for your vision and labor in creating PSCS, and for the positive impact PSCS has had on my daughter. I am so pleased to report that she feels very safe at PSCS and is genuinely excited to go to school—she is also invested in being responsible and meeting the expectations of the team there...I know you all work hard to make this vision possible for the entire school. In addition, you all helped make it possible for my daughter, specifically, to be able to attend."
—PSCS Parent

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Trista Bamer

“Everywhere is walking distance, if you have the time.”

Trista Bamer grew up in Washington state, wandered around Europe for a long while after college, settled in Seattle, and has been living the life of a responsible adult ever since. Her family (two very cool kids, one happy husband, one anxious little dog) live just outside Issaquah, which they chose for its access to all of the mountain fun they thrive on. They ski most weekends, rock climb, backpack, camp, and wander in the woods. At home, Trista and her family have designed and maintain a very large organic garden, keeping them out of the grocery store produce aisle from May-October on a good year. Trista dabbles in mason beekeeping, bat houses, and building habitat for creatures in her yard. Aside from creating joy with her family, Trista loves reading (mostly non-fiction lately,) many MANY podcasts, fostering human connections, cooking veggie-centered meals, baking, trail running, volunteering, drinking coffee, and feeling frustrated at the patriarchy. Trista is trying to unlearn and relearn so many things, and is working to take action to create a better world for all types of life. She’s also a teacher, having taught in both the middle school and elementary school level. Her passions in education are broad in scope, most recently focused on acknowledging and shifting the outdated and racist policies pervasive in literally every aspect of most schools. She loves learning about progressive assessment and grading practices, gifted education, project-based learning in science classrooms, and practices that dismantle current structures to create equity in classrooms.

“My perfect day would involve sleeping in, a long, woodsy walk with a good friend, a passionate discussion on any number of interesting topics, some cuddle and book time with my kiddos, dinner at Serafina, and a hot cup of tea with a great book before the day ends.”

B.S., Conservation Biology & Botany, University of Washington; M.Ed, Seattle University Read More >