Elementary School FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What are advantages of multi age?

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, children will most likely have the same teacher two years in a row. The teachers, administration, and parents work together to determine how long students will continue in a team. 

For more on this, visit our elementary/middle school programs page.

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, mastery based assessment/instruction, and school culture set the students up for success in actually reaching children 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.

We are a Christian school that teaches the Bible as truth and where faith and grace are intertwined in each day. We share Christ’s love with our students and help to develop their understanding of who God is as they grow as His children. 

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 is personalized learning?

The definition of personalized learning varies greatly from school to school. Personalized learning at Concordia is students owning their mastery of learning objectives by working with teachers to use a variety of resources, assessments and reflection to continuously strive for growth.  

In the classroom, this looks like students meeting with teachers in small groups or one on one to work on the skills they are personally needing help with along with students working independently and together to master skills.

For more on this, visit our elementary/middle school programs page. 

 

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

The school day hours are 8:30 am -3:30 pm.

There are affordable extended care options: before school (starting at 7 am, ~$5/day) and afterschool (until 6 pm, ~$14/day).

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 Thursdays 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. (1/3 Lutheran, 1/3 Other Christian, 1/3 Other Faith or no religious affiliation) We welcome students of all faiths.

What kind and how often is technology used in the classroom?
Concordia has enough laptops 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 grade levels does Concordia offer?

The elementary school serves students ages 5-13. Concordia organizes their classes by ages into multiage teams rather than by grade levels. The multiage teams allow students to be reached at their own academic level  whether that is high, at, or below a certain grade level without having to leave peers of similar ages. During the 2019-2020 school year, we will serve students in what would traditionally be Preschool through 6th Grade. However, we are growing and will be adding on the age equivalent of 7th grade in 2020-2021 and 8th in 2021-2022.

For more on this, visit our elementary/middle school programs page.

What is 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 assesses a student’s progress and true understanding on each learning objective to ensure the “building block” for further learning is established.  

Mastery learning with personalized learning also provides flexibility in the time students take to master concepts whether they are learning at a slower or faster pace. 

For more on this, visit our elementary/middle school programs page.

 

How do the middles school age levels differ from the elementary school?

 As we re-introduce middle school, our plans are to give our students ages 12 and up more opportunities for leadership, service learning, experiential real world experiences, and an academic program that sets them up for success in high school and beyond.

Students will have opportunities for sports, traveling to Washington, D.C., and participating in the Lutheran Elementary Schools Tournament every February in Portland to compete athletically, scholastically, and artistically against students from other Lutheran Schools in the Northwest Region.

We are implementing the Summit Learning program in 2019 for our students in Team Woodlands (equivalent to 5th/6th grade). Summit Learning is a personalized learning platform that focuses on habits of success, cognitive skills, mastery learning, and project based learning. Learn more at www.summitlearning.org

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. As a Christian school, students also participate in religion class and chapel once a week, along with daily Bible time in each classroom.

We consider the social emotional learning we incorporate in our day another vital part of our curriculum. In combination with Responsive Classroom attributes and those presented from the Collaborative of Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the school has adopted the following words as our core to social emotional learning: self regulated, aware (self and socially), responsible, and relational.

What does it cost?

2019-2020 Academic School Year

Elementary SchoolAnnual Tuition10-mo plan 1st due 9/1

12-mo plan 1st due 7/1

 

1st Child

$10,236$1,024$853
2nd Child$9,212$921$768
Each Additional Child$8,189$819$682
Association Church Member*$6,824$682$569

*Member in good standing at one of our five association churches.

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.

Wedgwood Campus

7040 36th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98115

(206) 525-7407

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12509 27th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98125

(206) 362-8143

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