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Little School, The [WA]
2812 116th Ave NE    
Bellevue, Washington  98004  
Private/Independent School
Coed Day pre-k 6 160 students


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Employer Description
Enrollment: 160

Ages: 3-12

Established: 1959

Tuition: $14,500
Hours: 8:30 – 11:30 AM

Full-day hours
Tuition: $26,500
Hours: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Extended day hours: 7:30 – 8:30 AM and 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Summer program: Camp at The Little School

Faculty: 20

Teaching Assistants: 7

Administration Team: 7

Average class size: 11 (half-day), 15 (full-day)

Primary languages spoken among current families: Chinese, English, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish, Vietnamese

Student/Teacher ratio: 11:1 (half-day), 15:1 (full-day, 7:1 with teaching assistant overlap)

Library: Over 20,000 volumes

Computers: 43 (used by older students & faculty/staff)

Campus: 12 natural acres of meadows and woods

Financial aid budget: $428,000

Average aid award: $15,000

Families receiving aid: 17%

Community service outreach: annual book drive, coat drive, food drive, coin drive, & individual classroom outreach efforts to support local families in need.

Educational Model
The Little School is a model for child-centered education that responds to individual developmental time tables and learning styles, nurtures the development of the whole child, and preserves and supports children’s natural sense of wonder and curiosity. Alumni and alumnae of The Little School find they are well prepared and successful in many different educational environments and in their careers.

Strengths of Little School Students
Students at The Little School develop confidence in themselves as learners and as active participants in the world. Their ability to initiate and follow through on ideas and questions is supported; their lively imaginations, self-expression, and creative and cognitive abilities are nurtured. The environment of respect in our classrooms helps students gain a strong individual voice and an appreciation for the opinions and experiences of others.

Mission Statement
The mission of The Little School is to keep alive each child’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, to support balanced social and academic skill development, and to foster community-minded, compassionate and intrinsically motivated students.

Statement on Diversity
To further our children’s understanding of the pluralistic world in which we live, Little School seeks to purposefully build an environment that reflects and honors society’s rich diversity. The school welcomes and respects socioeconomic, racial, family, religious, sexual orientation, and ability differences. Our community is committed to ongoing dialogue and self-education to develop appreciation for and inclusion of every member.

Diversity Mission Statement