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Ninth Avenue Children's House

1800 Ninth Avenue Suite 210
Seattle, WA 98101

(206) 626-6525


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Children learn by exploring their world. At Ninth Avenue Children's House we emphasize an environment in which children may freely explore social relationships and age-appropriate materials and activities that are intellectually stimulating, creative and developmentally organized. Our staff uses the interests and the needs of the children as their guide in developing their programs.

Respected and cherished for his or her own uniqueness, a child develops respect for others. Children are encouraged to learn not only from the classroom activities and teachers, but from each other as well.

We believe that a child's most critical learning period occurs during the first six years of life. An early childhood program cherishing children for who they are and nurturing the natural joy of learning provides the framework in which intellectual, emotional and social development go together.

At Ninth Avenue Children's House, children are encouraged and helped to:

* Develop enthusiasm and pleasure from new and challenging experiences.
* Grow in self-confidence and independence
* Develop self-discipline and inner motivation.
* Care for the environment around them.
* Be caring and respectful, nurturing self-esteem in themselves as well as in others.

We believe children need to feel loved, accepted and secure. They need to know there is someone close by to help, but they also need the room to grow and explore on their own. We are proud of and honor the cultural and national diversity represented among the families in our programs. Our goal is to support each child in their similarities and differences through curriculum development, positive person-to-person communications and teacher education.

(Excerpted from school website)

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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