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Our Approach to Learning

We focus on whole child development through academics, social-emotional growth, creativity, and problem-solving skills. Our schedule includes literacy and math workshops, project-based learning and the use of broad interdisciplinary themes to encourage deep exploration. We foster community building and social development by taking time to model, support and teach communication skills, conflict resolution, leadership and compassion for all.

We believe:

  • All human beings have an innate desire to connect with the natural environment and that children need hands-on, exploratory experiences outdoors. Every child participates in our Outdoor Education program at Seahurst Park throughout the year. 
  • Integrating visual and performing arts into our core program doesn’t simply enrich it, but is a vital creative resource for children.  All students are offered creative opportunities for expression during the core academic curriculum and dive deeply into specific areas during Creative Enrichment.
  • In using a social justice lens to guide our curriculum and programming choices and in teaching students to be advocates and leaders for equity in their community.
  • All students join us just where they need to be and track growth with a variety of assessment tools and learning continuums. Each student is supported as an individual and a valued member of our school community.

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Elementary School Enrollment

Full Enrollment Core Program – Students Ages 5*-11

*Incoming Coho students must be age 5 by August 31 of that year

Weekly Schedule: Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-3pm; Friday, 8:30-12pm   

Bridge School Students are assigned to a mixed age classroom during the summer prior to the start of the year with the goal of creating balanced cohorts that support individual and group learning. First year Coho students join us for for a full day experience with indoor learning in the morning with a mixed-age class and outdoor learning in a play-based environment in the afternoon with their age cohort. The weekly schedule includes our Core Academics Monday-Thursday, Creative Enrichment Workshops on Friday mornings, and weekly Outdoor Education classes at Seahurst Park.

Creative Enrichment Workshops – Ages 4-11

Homeschooling families are welcome to join us for Creative Enrichment for the 2023-2024 school year. See Admissions Page for information and use the enrollment application found here to apply. Enrollment Application due Sept. 1.

Weekly Schedule: Friday, 8:30am-12pm, 12-3pm

Creative Enrichment Workshops offer creative, hands-on topics and experiences.  Two sessions offer a variety of topics, with past courses including theater skills, play-writing, yearbook, wood working, cooking, photography, science, storytelling and more.  One of our most popular workshops – Bridge to Broadway – culminates in a performance of a Junior Broadway musical!  All students who are enrolled in our full day elementary program are automatically enrolled in Creative Enrichment Friday AM.   

Fall 2023 Creative Enrichment Offerings

Teacher: Anna Erickson 

Ages: 4-7  Location: The Bridge School
Classes run September 8 – December 15th, no classes 11/10 or 11/24 

This class will engage childrens’ natural curiosity while bolstering familiarity with local flora and fauna. Through hands-on nature/play based activities, kids will engage their creativity and critical thinking using sensory centered observations and explorations. Each day kids will spend time outdoors interacting with the rich, diverse natural environment right in our own neighborhood. When we aren’t using the outdoors as our classroom, we will bring the outdoors inside. All our days will be filled with art, science, stories, games and songs that are playful, educational, and most importantly – fun! Please send kids with all weather outdoor clothing, water and a snack. 

Homeschool Families: $750
Enrolled Bridge Students: Included in tuition

Drama Time!
Teacher: Allison Gobat
Ages: 6-9
. Location: The Bridge School
Classes run September 8 – December 15th, no classes 11/10 or 11/24 

It’s Drama Time! In this class, students will explore the world of theater and develop their dramatic skills through theater games, acting exercises, stories, and experiencing the rehearsal process as we work on a short play to be performed at the end of the session. We will incorporate our hands-on creativity by crafting props and/or costume pieces and doing other theater-related crafts. This class is perfect for kids who like stories, acting, and working together as a group. 

Homeschool Families: $750
Enrolled Bridge Students: Included in tuition

Teacher: Alexis Wolfe Mbassa
Ages: 8-11 Location: The Bridge School
Classes run September 8 – December 15th, no classes 11/10 or 11/24 

Students will begin by learning about the importance and relevance of newspapers of the past and today. We will then discuss our own newspaper as they decide what it will provide for our community. We will explore different aspects of a newspaper: Journalism, Opinion Writing, Interviewing/Research, Comics, Photography, Visual Art, and we will bring in mathematics in the form of surveys and graphs. Each student will have a job that will shift throughout the session as we begin to run and print a school newspaper.

Enrolled Bridge Students: Included in tuition
Homeschool Families: $750

Artistic Explorers: Unleashing Creativity in the World of SteAm

Teacher: Alexis Wolfe Mbassa
12 noon – 3pm
Ages 5-11

It’s STEAM with a bold “A”. Students will engage in exploration through the Arts and make connections to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This enrichment class is hands-on, creative, and exploratory. We will begin with a hands-on study of the elements of art and principles of design and hold discussions about the age-old question: “What is Art?” With a shared definition and foundation, we will then move into the world of STEAM through the lens of the Arts. 

Students will create exhibitions and hold art openings to showcase their work. They will create individual masterpieces as well as group projects which involve problem solving and working collaboratively.  The projects will include: portraits, animation, functional objects, and murals. Student interests in the Arts role in science, technology, engineering and mathematics will inspire their process and product. 

Students enrolling in the afternoon steAm class will begin their session with a supervised lunch and outdoor recess. This session runs year long, and re-enrollment for spring will occur in late Fall.

Homeschool Families: $700 for Fall / $1300 ($150 discount) if enrolling in an AM Creative Enrichment concurrently
Enrolled Bridge Students: $1375 for the full year Sept-June

Learning in Nature

Homeschooling families are welcome to join us for Outdoor Education for the 2023-2024 school year. See Admissions Page for information and use the enrollment application found here to apply. Enrollment Application due Sept. 1.


Weekly Schedule: Mondays, 8:30-3pm
Held at Seahurst Park

The Outdoor Education Program is a hands-on learning experience where nature is our classroom. We normalize outdoor learning environments while delivering hands-on science, art, and social-emotional learning. Students increase their basic natural sciences knowledge of the outdoors such as identification of common plants/animals, knowledge of weather patterns, life cycles, ecosystems, and outdoor/wilderness safety.  Our goal is to help children develop authentic connections to the natural world and feel comfortable outdoors in all seasons. Held at Seahurst Park in Burien, WA, students have access to marine and forest ecosystems to explore.


Enrolled Bridge Students: Included in Tuition 
Homeschool Families: $1,200 (Fall session)

Coho Forest School

Weekly Schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 1-3pm
Held at The Bridge School

At the Bridge School, nature is often our classroom, and this starts with our littlest learners. Pre-K 4 & 5 year olds are welcome to join our 5-year old Coho students from the Core Program for 3 afternoons a week of immersive outdoor play-based learning. Our grounds and nearby ponds offer rich learning environments for guided exploration. Curriculum is  emergent, using a child-led flow and inquiry-based teaching style. Students are given the opportunity to  develop their problem solving skills, divergent thinking, self-awareness, empathy, imagination, and peer-to–communication skills, while joyfully learning through song, story-telling, exploration, sensory and nature based activities that connect with the seasons. Please send kids with all weather outdoor clothing.


Enrolled Bridge Students: Included in Tuition 
Homeschool Families: $800

Summer Camps

The Bridge School offers week-long summer camps to enrolled students based on student interest and staff availability. Look for Summer 2024 offerings coming early 2024.