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What makes Concordia different than other schools?

Concordia students end the school day confident after working to master academics at their level in an encouraging environment where teachers and staff took the time to care for their needs.

Our small (15:1) classes, multiage teams, competency-based assessment/instruction, and school culture set us up for success in actually reaching your child where they are academically in reading and math as well as meeting them socially and emotionally. Your child, their friendships, and their emotional well being matters.

The small things…we have a gym for rainy day recesses, our students know all the other students’ names, we involve students in service learning, students get to meet and interact with people of multiple generations through our involvement with our churches, small yet diverse, and specials classes are taught by specials teachers from an early age.

What grade levels does Concordia offer?

The elementary school serves students ages 5-12. Concordia organizes their classes by ages into teams rather than by grade levels.  Students in a classroom range in abilities and a multiage team students allows students to be reached at their own academic level whether it is high, at, or above a certain grade level without leaving peers of similar ages.  During the 2018-2019 school year, we will serve students in what would traditionally be Prekindergarten through 5th Grade.  However, we are growing and will be adding on middle school levels in 2019.

What are advantages of multiage?

Every classroom (even a standard one grade level class) has multi-abilities.  A multi-age classroom allows teachers to reach the varying abilities of the students with more ease.  For instance, if a 6 year old is academically ready for 8 year old work but socially is at a 6 year old level, a multiage classroom allows them to do the higher level work but also remain with social peers.  For the older students in this scenario, they are able to build social skills in learning how to work with younger students. Multiage classrooms allow students to work at their individual level without being singled out. Additionally, your child will most likely have the same teacher 2 years in a row.  Your student and the teacher work together to determine how long

What is competency-based or mastery learning? Why is it important?

No gaps.  Academic gaps happen frequently in the traditional grade level classroom. Students are pushed onto the next grade whether or not they fully grasped the concepts that were needed to actually “move on.”  Mastery learning ensures that students master concepts before attempting harder concepts.

Ever wonder what a “B” on report card means?  It means that the student got some of the concepts but not entirely or got some of them but not others at all.  It averaged to a percentage that turned into a “B.”

Mastery /competency based/proficiency based learning personalizes learning for students to reach academic goals with the student determining the time it takes, not an academic school calendar.

What are the school hours? Are there afterschool/before school care options?

School hours are from 8:30 am-3 pm.  There are affordable extended care options: before school (starting at 7 am, ~$5) and afterschool (until 6 pm, ~$13).

What is the curriculum?

We use the Common Core State Standards for Math and English Language Arts, Next Generation Science Standards (including STEM), and Washington State Standards for Social Studies.  Students have Music, Spanish, and Physical Education twice a week with Character and Art class once a week in addition to the core subjects.

What does being a Lutheran school mean? Do I have to be Lutheran or Christian?

Lutherans have a long history of educating children as far back as the sixteenth century. As a Lutheran school, we teach the Bible according to the teachings of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the school is owned by an association of five LCMS churches in the Seattle area. Students have Bible Study every day except on Wednesdays when we have chapel. Our Christian teachers share Christ’s love in their words, actions, and teaching.

You do not have to be Lutheran or Christian to attend. The student body and families are diverse in faith. We welcome students of all faiths.

What does it cost?

The annual tuition cost for 2018 – 2019 is $9,695.

Are there any student fees?

Yes, there is non­refundable registration fee of $150 for Wedgwood preschooland and $125 for elementary students if registered and paid by March 15th, and $150 if paid after March 15th. We also have a one time $250 building fee.

Do you have uniforms?

Yes. The elementary student are required to where uniforms consisting of a polo shirt or sweater with the Concordia logo, skorts, skirts, or dress pants ordered through Lands’ End.

What kind and how often is technology used in the classroom?

Concordia has enough lap tops that students can be working one to one. However, technology is used according to the philosophy that the device is one tool among many to be used for learning, practice, and creating. As the students grow older, technology is also used for research. Digital citizenship is also a part our curriculum as students grow.  Students use technology for limited amounts of time.

What are the benefits of a small school/class?

Concordia is a small school with small classes. The benefits to this include increased interaction with teachers, customized lessons for students, family like feel, multiple non-traditional learning opportunities including field trips, time to talk through social situations that arise among students, interactions with students of all ages, and students learn to get along with others no matter who they are.

What are the school’s office hours?

Office hours from August 20th through the end of the school year are from 8 AM to 4 PM. During the summer months, when school is not in session, office hours are 10 AM to 3 PM.

Does your school offer lunches?

Yes, we offer pizza lunch on Thursdays. To order, talk to the front office.

What are PIP hours, and why are they required?

PIP (Parents In Participation) hours are volunteer hours done by parents.  The time you spend with the PIP program helps not only the school but also your child.  The program runs from July 1st through June 30th and per your financial agreement, each family is required to volunteer 30 hours per year in school activities, or pay a fee of $20.00 for each hour not worked. Just about everything you volunteer for is PIP hour worthy. Please ask if you are not sure.

What after school extracurricular activities are offered?

We have many extracurricular activities throughout the year, from Chess Wizards to sports. Our after school sports program has three seasons.

My child has medication/allergy needs during the day, what do I need to do?

We need a care plan from your family doctor explaining the condition, any medications or needs the child has throughout the day, and emergency contact information and procedures in the case there is an emergency. We also will need a medication form explaining the dosage, time and who is allowed permission to administer the medication.

What if I have a question that you haven’t listed here?
Not a problem, if you have more questions, please call us at (206) 525-­7407. You can also reach us by email at admin@concordiaseattle.com