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Enrollment FAQ

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 15, 2019 for the 2019/20 school year.

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 16.
  • Applicants to Prekindergarten and Kindergarten visit the school for an hour playdate on Saturday, January 26.
  • 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 16 and March 14. 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 families who believe in our mission.

What constitutes a complete application?

In addition to the parent portion of the application (due 12/6), an application is considered complete when all supplemental materials (i.e. teacher/caregiver evaluation) are submitted (due 1/15).

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 2019-20 academic year, the notification date will be Friday, March 15, 2019. The parent/guardian response (confirmation and deposit) is due by Friday, March 22, 2019.

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 22, 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 2019-2020 school year, financial aid awards are available to children enrolled in 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.