When should we begin the application process?
Families should begin their applications in the fall one year before they wish to enroll. The application deadline is January 11, 2018 for fall 2018 enrollment.
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 March 10.
- Applicants to Prekindergarten and Kindergarten visit the school for an hour playdate on January 27.
- After the application is processed, parents are contacted to schedule a parent interview and student visit day for applicants in grades 1-5. Visits occur between January and March. Visitors participate as a member of our learning community.
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 parents/guardians who believe in our mission.
What constitutes a complete application?
In addition to the parent portion of the application, a completed application file includes a teacher/caregiver evaluation, a school transcript and/or copies of report cards as applicable.
What should we expect in the interview?
Parents of applicants to grades 1-5 will meet with the Head of School 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 2018-19 academic year, the notification date will be Thursday, March 16, 2018. The parent/guardian response (confirmation and deposit) is due by Tuesday, March 27, 2018.
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. Typically, we offer places to students in the wait pool within the first two weeks to one month after notification. However, occasionally an opening 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 2018-2019 school year, financial aid awards are available to children enrolled in full time prekindergarten 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.