Emerald City School

A comprehensive, inclusive, and nurturing instructional setting for students with learning difficulties in grades 1 through 8.

We, at ECS, understand that different interventions vary in their effectiveness. Moreover, a “one size fits all” instructional approach does not serve the needs of every child. Whether your child needs help in reading, writing, math, oral language, organization, executive function, or social skills, our caring and skilled faculty will utilize methods of instruction drawn from the latest evidence-based research to ensure that your child’s individual needs are met.

We are dedicated to being nimble and contemporary as an organization – our approach will pivot based on your child’s learning patterns and responses as well as evolving evidence-based research. We are committed to serving the whole child in concert with his/her family. A team effort is a critical element to success.

Learning should be engaging and experiential. We take pride in exposing our students to the many and varied experiential learning opportunities that await them outside of the traditional classroom walls. Fine arts opportunities and educational resources are outside our doors in the heart of Seattle and its diverse neighborhoods. These resources complement the well-rounded educational experience that students receive while attending Emerald City School.

Our interventions include direct instruction and learning strategy models. We draw from the latest research, which has identified other successful instructional strategies such as:

Controlling task difficulty
Repetition and practice
Small interactive groups
Directed questioning and responding
Strategy cueing
Teaching for generalization
Monitoring student learning

Here are a few of our students dropping off some food donations to the Queen Anne Food Bank. Guess it's time to start collecting more!

Our students did a WONDERFUL job during our canned food drive back in October. Today we are delivering all the food we collected, 13 full bags total! Great job, ECS students!

Today marks halfway through the school year! To celebrate we took a field trip down the street to The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Students learned all about the amount of grants and money The Gates Foundation donates each year (pssst... it's in the BILLIONS and the largest foundation in the world!), how small changes in our everyday lives have big impact elsewhere and how to donate our time in an efficient way. We also learned through hands-on exploration, which always lets us dig deeper and learn more!

Thank you to The Gates Foundation for the tour and allowing us to explore your facility!

#thegatesfoundation #thebillandmelindagatesfoundation #billgates #melindagates

Shout out to our twin teachers Ms.Ellie and Ms.Molly. I guess great minds do think alike!! At least when choosing an outfit in the morning....

We would like to congratulate Samantha, Nils, Hailey and Ms.Natalie on having PERFECT ATTENDANCE 1st semester!!! That's not an easy award to earn!

Now that the #Womensmarch of Seattle has passed, we want to share with all of you how we did our part here at ECS! Students spent Friday afternoon decorating posters to put in each window of our school. The march ended at the Seattle Center, a short walk from the ECS campus. Many of the students and teachers marched on Saturday. Our Head of School, Mrs. Nichols, set out a table with water for the marchers and had fun dance music playing on campus as the marchers reached the Seattle Center. Take a look at our posters!

We heard there was a line down the street to get a photo in front of our giant, "The Future is Female" sign:)


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520 Denny Way
Seattle, WA

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm
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