Frequently Asked Questions

At A Glance

What is your student population?

We have about 80 students

How many core classrooms do you have?

  • Six core classrooms
  • Kindergarten
  • 1st grade
  • Two combined 2nd/3rd grades
  • Two combined 4th/5th grades

Where is Perkins located?

Perkins is located in northeast Seattle in the Maple Leaf neighborhood (south of Northgate and northeast of Green Lake).


What determines if my child is accepted?

The Perkins School is an inclusive and vibrant learning community. We look for families who understand and support our mission. We strive to build a community that represents a diversity of cultures, family orientations, and student strengths and styles. Throughout the admissions process, we encourage families to explore all of the facets of the school and ask questions to help insure full understanding of Perkins’s philosophy, culture, and mission.

What is early kindergarten?

We are not restricted to following a calendar to determine when a child is academically and socially/emotionally ready to begin kindergarten. Instead, we consider each child as an individual because some children who turn five years old in late summer or early fall are ready for kindergarten. In other words, they may be entering kindergarten “early.”

Will my child be given an I.Q. test?

No, we do not require an I.Q. test, though we do ask to be provided a copy of any such testing. In addition to obtaining references from preschool teachers, we require students entering the kindergarten program to participate in a low-key kindergarten observation session in late February or March. This event gives our teachers an opportunity to watch prospective students interact with peers and adults and allows the child to experience The Perkins School firsthand.

Students entering grades one through five will spend a day in classes, get acquainted with their potential peer group, and engage with the Head of School and Admission Director. They will also complete a work sample as part of their school day.


How many students are in each classroom?

Typical class size in our upper grades is fifteen or fewer students. Lower grade classes (with assisting teachers) are typically 15 students.

What are your class hours?

Kindergarten & 1st Grade 8:25 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Second Grade / Third Grade 8:25 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.

Fourth Grade / Fifth Grade 8:25 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.

Tuition and Child Care

What does tuition really cover? Will we incur additional costs or fees during the year?

Tuition covers your child’s enrollment for the school year. The only additional expense to parents is an annual classroom fee that covers unique supplies, all field trips, and emergency preparedness requirements. For the lower grades (kindergarten and 1st) the fee is $300; for the upper grades (2nd through 5th) the fee is $400.

Do you offer before and after-school care? What are your hours and fees?

The Extended Day Program is available before school starting at 7:00 A.M. and after school until 6:00 P.M. throughout the school year and during school breaks. There is a discounted annual fee and a daily drop-in fee. (Please call the school to learn of these rates.) Arrangements can be made for drop-in child care as well as for part-time and regular attendance. To accommodate parent work schedules, students may arrive at school up to 30 minutes before school starts (at 8:00 A.M.) at no additional fee.

Do Perkins students get dirty?

The Perkins experience can be quite messy! Foundational understandings in various disciplines are often rooted in hands-on activities. Children here are fully immersed in all aspects of their experience both inside and outside of the classroom. They sculpt with clay, paint, cook, build, garden and more. During recess our students dig in a “mud pit,” collect chicken eggs, build with planks and logs in our sandbox, play sports, and climb in trees. Students leave Perkins with a strong foundation in academic skills, a zest for learning, and a need for a good scrubbing.

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