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Enrollment FAQ

What are the age requirements for entering your program?

To enter our preschool program, children must be at least 3 years old by September 1.

To enter our kindergarten program, children must be at least 5 years old by September 1.

When should we begin the application process?

Families should begin their applications in late summer/early fall one year before they wish to enroll. Applications are due January 16, 2020 for the 2020/21 school year.

Admissions decisions are are communicated on March 20, 2020

After March 20, we will still accept applications for the 2019-20 school year in grades where spaces are available.

As part of the application, will our student have the opportunity to visit the school?

  • Preschool applicants visit the school for an hour play date on Saturday, March 7, 2020
  • Applicants to Prekindergarten and Kindergarten visit the school for an hour playdate on Saturday, January 25, 2020
  • For applicants in grades 1-5, parents are contacted to schedule a parent interview and student visit day. Visits occur between January 16 and March 19. During their visit, students will fully participate as a member of our learning community.
  • For all families applying for available spaces after March 27, a student visit will be arranged by the admissions department.

What is Giddens School looking for in a student?

We look for students who are interested in learning, are creative, and want to be a part of a classroom; and for families who believe in our mission.

What constitutes a complete application?

In addition to the parent portion of the application, an application is considered complete when all supplemental materials (i.e. teacher/caregiver evaluation) are submitted (due 1/16).

What should we expect in the interview?

Parents of applicants to grades 1-5 will meet with the Director of Enrollment during their child's visit day. This is an opportunity for parents to talk about their child, and to share their goals for their child's education, and to articulate their values related to education and school community.

When will we know if admission is offered?

Giddens School agrees to the common admission notification dates established by Puget Sound Independent Schools. For admission to the 2020-21 academic year, the notification date will be Friday, March 20, 2020. The parent/guardian response (confirmation and deposit) is due by Friday, March 27, 2020.

After March 27, we will continue to accept applications in grades where spaces are available.

What happens if my child is placed in the wait pool?

When an applicant is considered to be a good fit for the program, but space is not available, the applicant is placed in the wait pool. After March 27, we will contact families in our wait pool about available spots. Occasionally, additional openings may occur in late spring or summer, so it is important to keep us informed of your continued interest in Giddens School and updated with any changes to your contact information. A wait pool applicant does not have a specific place in the wait pool, but will be offered an available space based on the class composition.

Is financial aid available?

Giddens School is committed to providing need-based financial aid to qualifying families. For the 2020-2021 school year, financial aid awards are available to children enrolled in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, who have submitted all required documents by the deadlines determined by the school.

Please visit the Financial Aid page for more information.