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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 pre-k program, children must be at least 5 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. We begin accepting applications each year on September 1st.

For the 2022-23 school year, applications are due January 13, 2022.

Our admissions decisions will be communicated on March 18, 2022.

After March 18, we will still accept "post deadline" applications for the 2022-23 school year in grades where spaces are available.

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

We very much want to include your child in our admissions process, and student visits are a great way to accomplish this. Unfortunately, the continued impact of COVID-19 necessitates a different approach to visits. Here is our current plan for visits:

  • Applicants preschool-5th grade will engage in videoed tasks and activities to be submitted as part of our application process. Conditions permitting, we will also invite all applicants to visit the school in person for a play-date.

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.

What should we expect in the interview?

Parents of applicants to grades 1-5 will meet virtually with our Head of School as the last step of our application process, and when all other steps have been completed. 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 2022-23 academic year, the notification date will be Friday, March 18, 2022. The parent/guardian response (confirmation and deposit) is due by Friday, March 25, 2022, at noon.

After March 25, 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 26, 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 2022-2023 school year, financial aid awards are available to children enrolled in preschool through fifth grades, who have submitted all required documents by the deadlines determined by the school.

Please visit the Financial Aid page for more information.

contact Ken Bender with questions