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The Little School

2812 116th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

(425) 827-8708


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The Little School is a leader in progressive education for students ages 3-11. As a model for child-centered education that responds to individual developmental time tables and learning styles, The Little School nurtures the development of the whole child. The Little School has small class sizes where students are known, cared for and safe. Teachers preserve and encourage each child's natural sense of wonder and curiosity.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

From the Director:

I am glad that you are taking advantage of resources such as savvy source to explore schools for your child. The process of finding a good school match for your child and family is an exciting and important process. At The Little School, students are immersed in a program that offers intellectual and creative challenge. As a leader in progressive education, The Little School offers a responsive, coordinated curriculum while encouraging students’ social and emotional development. Children learn to be self-confident advocates for themselves and others and develop the ability to solve problems. As you research schools, I hope you will come and visit The Little School. We are excited about learning, teaching and about supporting the healthy happy development of children. Come check us out. Sincerely, Peter Berner-Hays Head of School

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The mission of The Little School is to keep alive each child’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, to support balanced social and academic skill development, and to foster community minded, compassionate and intrinsically motivated students.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year