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Epiphany School

3710 E Howell Street
Seattle, WA 98122

(206) 323-9011


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Epiphany's curriculum is academically challenging with primary emphasis on reading, writing, mathematics and critical thinking and problem solving skills. (Excerpted from school website)

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught French

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Through innovative teaching in a caring and traditional environment, Epiphany School challenges every child to be a confident, curious, and courageous learner.

At its core the Epiphany School experience is about challenging and caring for children. An Epiphany education provides students with strong academic skills, love of learning, community participation as well as a sense of personal responsibility. High expectations and small classes allow for individual attention, which fosters intellectual development and self-confidence. We also want our students to grow in physical and social skills and to develop empathy and awareness of others.

Epiphany provides an atmosphere in which successes are recognized, good manners are fostered and responsible behavior is valued and reinforced. By nurturing, encouraging, challenging, and setting goals as well as limits, teachers help students to maintain balance and a sense of purpose. Children have the opportunity to make developmentally appropriate decisions in a supportive environment. The Epiphany program provides ample structure, but creativity, flexibility and innovation are also very much in evidence.
(Excerpted from school website)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

An Epiphany student’s success depends to a great extent on the partnership between the school and family. Thus, the school emphasizes communication with parents and parental involvement in the life of the school as a fundamental link in the education process

The Epiphany School “family” is a richly diverse group that strives for inclusion of new families and rejoices in the gifts that diversity brings to the School. The School celebrates the collaboration of school and home through its unique Sibling Policy that gives the School a very high percentage of siblings enrolled. This family atmosphere is reflected throughout the life of the School.

Parents will find a number of ways to help in their child’s education including going on field and overnight trips, working on the School auction, being a classroom volunteer and participating in the Annual Fund. Children learn best when their parents are actively and eagerly involved in the School and their children see their leadership and commitment.

At Epiphany School, a student’s family is a crucial part of each child’s educational experience, and the partnership between the School and students’ families is a hallmark of the school culture. Epiphany School welcomes and encourages the participation of families in school life, and asks that they actively support the School’s Mission and Values Statements.

Epiphany seeks to keep Current Parents well-informed about the daily life of the School through publishing the Weekly Sunshine each Wednesday and through a detailed school Calendar outlining the special activities and experiences in which Epiphany students will participate during the school year. Current Parents have the opportunity throughout the year to volunteer in their child’s classroom, to chaperone a field trip, or to participate in an Epiphany Parents Association event or fundraiser.

The Epiphany Parents Association (EPA) is the parent organization of which every family is an automatic member.

(Excerpted from school website)

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school