Founded in 1995, the Gardner School is southwest Washington’s only independent, private progressive student-centered learning environment, serving students from preschool through 6th grade. Inspired by the theory of multiple intelligences – identified by Harvard professor Howard Gardner – our community of teachers and learners recognizes and honors many ways of learning, thinking and expressing. Our whole-child philosophy integrates homeroom studies in mathematics, language arts, social studies and outdoor learning with specialist teachers in five disciplines: science, music, art, spanish and physical education. Preschoolers enjoy music, physical education and Spanish classes.
Our small class sizes promote individualized instruction while our beautiful campus allows teachers to use all facets of the environment to stimulate learning. At Gardner, we believe in creating not only avid learners, but inspired and engaged global citizens.
The Gardner School is a member of the Washington Federation of Independent Schools (WFIS) and a subscriber member of the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS). We are licensed by the State of Washington Office of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Washington State Board of Education. The Gardner School also operates a fully licensed childcare facility through the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF).
Visitors to our school often comment on the unique atmosphere of The Gardner School. We invite you to experience the difference for yourself.
Welcome to the Gardner School 2020 – You Belong Here
Teacher Perspectives – Your Support Matters
The Founding of the Gardner School
How the Gardner School Taught in a Pandemic
Growing at Gardner in 2021