How long is the school day?
We follow the Lake Washington School District. Our school day is Monday to Friday, from 8:00am to 3:00pm (Schedule)
Do you offer extended day?
Yes, we offer a play-based after school program and Spanish tutoring. (After School Program)
Do you offer before school care?
At the moment we do not offer before school care. It is something we are considering for the upcoming years.
Do you meet the Washington State standards?
Definitely. The HighScope© curriculum already incorporates the Common Core. and when planning our activities and lessons, we ensure they align with Washington’s Common Core State Standards. (Washington State standards )
What is your English-Spanish model?
Our model is 50/50 which means half the day is in English and half the day is in Spanish. Students follow the same routines and rules in both languages and the structure of the day is the same. They work on similar topics in both languages, thus learning vocabulary and content in both Spanish and English. (50/50 Model)
How do you communicate with parents?
Families are an integral part of a child’s education. We are committed to building a supportive and inclusive community where families know each other and our staff well. To develop a strong partnership with families we have an open-door policy, communicate daily with families, and provide volunteer opportunities. (Families as Partners)
How can parents get involved?
There are multiple volunteer opportunities throughout the school year. Parent/guardians can volunteer in a classroom, in the school, and as chaperons for various field trips throughout the year. (Families as Partners)
How do you address bullying?
We have zero tolerance for bullying. At Global Idea School, bullying prevention begins with socio-emotional learning. Through our socio-emotional curriculum, Círculo Mágico© (Magic Circle), students work on recognizing and managing emotions every single day. These skills enable children to be socially competent and to build a positive and safe school environment. We also have policies and procedures in place to work with students involved in bullying as well as with victims of bullying.
My child is gifted. How will your school support my child?
With small class sizes and a HighScope© curriculum approach our teachers can adapt learning to meet your child’s development stage. They can challenge your child and provide learning material higher than typical age level. Having said this, Global Idea School is not a school for the gifted.
Do students go on field trips?
Yes. We are strong believers that field trips enrich classroom instruction. We aim to offer at least 3 fieldtrips during the school year, more if possible.
What is the family interview about? Do you interview everyone who applies?
The family interview is our opportunity to get to know your child and your family. It is your opportunity to get to know us and ask all the questions you have. The interview is split in 2 parts:
- We meet with your family and have a conversation about your expectations for your child and for the school, as well as about your child’s preferences, interests, strengths, and challenges.
- We meet with your child independently and have a conversation with him/her about what he/she likes and doesn’t like. We read a book and have fun activities for him/her to do. It is a way to connect with your child in a fun, relaxed environment. The entire interview lasts 1 hour.
What do you expect of the child during the interview?
We expect the child to be him/herself. We ask parents to tell their child they are coming to play and get to know the school instead of telling them it is an interview, as it may cause anxiety.
How do I find out the status of my child’s application?
We will contact you directly, but feel free to contact us as well.
How do multiage programs work?
Multiage programs group together learners of various ages based on skill level. At Global Idea School, we anticipate creating multiage groups for literacy in English and Spanish and are open to multiage groupings for other moments of the day. Groupings depend on each year’s cohort.
How does a cross-disciplinary program work?
Instead of working on subjects (math, science, social studies, etc.) independently, the disciplines are integrated in a single project or activity. We use STEM© (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) lesson plans and incorporate Art and Social Studies for students to learn holistically – STE(A)M(S).
What is your view about homework?
We believe children need the time to play and engage in extra-curricular activities instead of doing homework. Having said this, we strongly encourage at least 20 minutes of reading with a family member every day. This can be the child reading to you or reading aloud to your child. There is occasional fun, take-home projects students share with the class when completed.